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How can I control an IBM 3581 Autoloader from an AS/400

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My boss just bought a nice new IBM 3581 Autoloader with an Ultrium II inside it. It's on my AS/400 (OS/400 V5R2).

Now how can I control it in Random Access Mode?
I don't care about tape rotations or anything else right now, I simply want to tell it what tape to load. I have heard you can write CL programs to send the right commands to teh drive but nobody is saying how :)

I will never get them to buy software for this like BRMS which IBM says (and I don't care about tape rotations right now anyway).

This is even more important because I have an Windows 2000 server running inside the AS/400 and I would like to issue a backup using my software there too. But if my only capability is running it in SEQ mode I'll just get a stand alone drive.

This is kind of urgent because we have to officially accept this equipment.

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

Kenneth Morrissey
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Thanks for the link, but I couldn't understand anything in that boox and it seemed to apply to every OS except IBM's :) The actual installation manual that was in the box was exactly the same. I love IBM :)
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There are apparently device drivers for windows, solaris, aix and hp-ux (among others) that take accept the commands in the document. (The last time I saw an AS400 running OS400 it had a 2GB tandberg drive, lol)
You've have to contact big blue to see if there's a driver for OS400 or try to dig up the raw scsi commands, which I couldn't scrounge up on IBM. Generally you can set random or sequential from the front panel on these and manipulate media in and out of the drive to use like it was a standalone.
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