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I have a Sidewinder 4.1 firewall (actually about 9 of them) that I need to backup. Problem is, the scripts that THEY provide ask you to reboot the box, and use the Admin kernal. When your done, boot the box again back into the Ops kernal.

This is totally unacceptable. I can't have my firewalls down - ever. Production environemtn 100% of the itme.

So, I've taken some scripts we use on some other firewals we have (Sidewinder).

These scripts copy the files to tape, then the author (gone from our company now) burned the logs to CD. Well, I want to do the same thing to tape.

So, my question is this:

How do I find out what the name of the tape device is on my Sidewinder 4.1 box (BSD subset Op Sys I beileve)?

I have a 4mm tape on each box, but I don't know how to view devices on Unix (non-AIX Unix anyways).

Also, how do I init (format) this tape?
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According to the docs at www.freebsd.org, the newer releases use /dev/rsa* and older releases use /dev/rst* for SCSI attached tape devices.  Your device is almost certain to be /dev/rsa0 or /dev/rst0.  Poke around in there and you're sure to find it.

As for formatting the tape, it shouldn't be necessary on a modern tape drive, but if it is, the docs at freebsd.org say that
  TAPE=/dev/whatever mt fsf 1
ought to be sufficient.
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Thanks.

This shows me the drive, but I'm not sure if that's formatting it or not. That site is useful though.
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Try running something out to the tape with something like
  tar cvf /dev/rsa0 /etc/passwd

Then try verifying the tape with something like
  tar tvf /dev/rsa/0

If that works, you're golden.
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Yup, that works. Actually just tried that, and it should work just great for our minor backups we need to do.

Now, how to mount a MSDOS floppy when support for MSDOS isn't compiled in... *chuckle*

Hopefully there is a FTP server out there somewhere I can use =)

Thanks for your assistance Chris.
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