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Old 11-17-2010
Sharing tape drive across systems

Is it possible to NFS mount raw tape drive device file ( /dev/rmt0) across system ?

I make a mksysb image on local disk and am trying to copy a mksysb image to a tape, but the tape drive is attached to a server which is at a lower TL

I don't think there is way to NFS mount a tape drive in a non VIO environment , but I was hoping there is a way to nfs mount the device file and use the tape drive somehow .

Any thoughts ?
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Old 11-17-2010
Originally Posted by mk8570
Is it possible to NFS mount raw tape drive device file ( /dev/rmt0 ) across system ?
Don't think so. You might get the device file but it won't know it's supposed to be a device on another system. You could transfer the data over a network socket and run the command locally...
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Old 11-17-2010
Thanks for the response .

Can you expand on what you mean by transfer over network socket ?
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Old 11-17-2010
I'm not aware of the specifics of precisely what you're doing to copy a file to tape, but you could ssh or rsh from the machine with the file to the machine with the tape, to run the command there but pipe data in from the originating machine.

ssh user@remotehost dd of=/dev/tape < tapefile

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