Prepare Medium Changer and Tape drive for vaulting in Archive Manager

The vault feature facilitates writing to tape or cloud storage one or more archives that exist on disk. Subsequent vault executions append the unique data generated since the last vault execution to the tape or cloud storage media.

Vaulting maintains archive restore points in their deduplicated state, optimizing tape storage. Special optimization or containerization takes place during vaulting to facilitate streaming the data efficiently to a sequential device.

To prepare a medium changer with a tape drive for use with the DATASTOR vaulting feature, follow the steps below. A standalone tape drive may be configured following the tape drive section of the article. Once completed, follow the quick start guide to vaulting to configure the software.

Connect the Medium Changer to the Archive Manager server following vendor best practices

Physically connect the Medium Changer to the Archive Manager server through the vendor supported storage controller.

Refer to the table to identify the proper drivers for your device based upon your operating system.

 Server 2016/2019     Server 2012R2 and older     
Quantum SuperLoader 3 Medium Changer     Quantum ProvidedQuantum Provided
Quantum SuperLoader 3 LTO tape driveQuantum ProvidedMicrosoft Provided
Quantum Standalone LTO tape driveQuantum ProvidedMicrosoft Provided

In no case should you use an IBM provided driver with DATASTOR Shield's tape vaulting feature.

Quantum SuperLoader 3 driver download available at https://www.quantum.com/serviceandsupport/softwareanddocumentationdownloads/superloader3/index.aspx Choose the driver for your operating system.

Quantum Standalone LTO-8 tape drive driver download available at https://www.quantum.com/ServiceandSupport/SoftwareandDocumentationDownloads/LTO-8hh/Index.aspx Choose the driver for your operating system.

Install SuperLoader 3 driver for Medium Changer

Install the vendor provided driver for the medium changer. Open Device Manager and expand the Medium Changer devices node. Right click the device and select Properties. 

On the Driver tab, click the 'Update Driver' button to install the driver. 

Click 'Browse my computer for driver software'.

Click the Browse button and browse to the folder that contains the downloaded and unzipped drivers for the Quantum SuperLoader 3. Click Next.

Confirm the Driver Provider: field of the Driver tab lists Quantum Corporation.

Ensure the Quantum SuperLoader 3 device is listed in Device Manager under the Medium Changer devices node, not 'Unknown changer', which would indicate a non-vendor driver had been installed, such as the default Microsoft driver. This would prevent the device from appearing in the 'Add a tape device' wizard during vault configuration as shown below.

 

Install driver for SuperLoader 3 tape drive or Standalone tape drive

The tape drive may be a standalone tape drive or may reside in the media changer. Refer to the table above to select the correct driver for the tape drive. 

DATASTOR recommends using the Quantum provided driver for the tape drive when connected to operating systems including Server 2016 and Server 2019. The driver is available for download from the Quantum website.

For operating systems including Server 2012 R2 and older operating systems, use the Microsoft provided driver.

Do not install IBM drivers for the tape drive. Various vendors may use an IBM tape drive in their devices, but the IBM drivers are not compatible with the software. 

Install Quantum provided tape drive driver for Server 2016 and Server 2019

Install the Quantum provided driver on Server 2016 and Server 2019 operating systems. To confirm the correct driver is installed, open Device Manager, expand the Tape drives node, right click the tape drive and select Properties.

On the Driver tab, confirm that the Driver Provider listed is Quantum Corporation. You will also see a Status tab on the Properties page.

Update tape drive driver if necessary

If the Driver Provider is not Quantum Corporation, update the driver with the Quantum driver. Follow the sequence of screenshots below.

Click the Update Driver button.

Click the button 'Browse my computer for driver software.

Click the button 'Browse...' and then browse to the folder that contains the Quantum driver you downloaded and unzipped for your operating system. Click OK.

Click Next and then Close.

On the Properties page, confirm the Driver Provider field displays Quantum Corporation.

Click the Close button and if prompted, reboot the server.

Install Microsoft provided tape drive driver for Server 2012 R2 and older operating systems

Install the Microsoft tape drive driver on Server 2012 R2 and older operating systems even if Quantum provides a driver for these operating systems. This is a Microsoft certified driver that has been fully tested with our software. 

To confirm the correct driver is installed, open Device Manager, expand the Tape drives node, right click the tape drive and select Properties.
 


On the Driver tab, confirm that the Driver Provider listed is Microsoft. 



Update tape drive driver if necessary

If the Driver Provider is not Microsoft, update the driver with the Microsoft driver. Follow the sequence of screenshots below.

Click the Update Driver button.
 


Click the button 'Browse my computer for driver software.
 


Click the button 'Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer'.


Highlight the LTO Tape drive and click Next.
 



If the LTO Tape drive is not listed, uncheck the box to show compatible hardware, then select LTO in the left pane and LTO Tape drive in the right pane.
 


Close the Update Driver wizard.


Confirm the Driver Provider lists Microsoft.