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How can I add a tape drive and disc bays in the HP C7000 blade enclosure with 460c class servers

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How can I add a tape drive and disc bays in the HP C7000 blade enclosure with 460c class servers?
I have a bay with ull hard discs, a storageworks and another tape drive. How can I assign these things to a particular server on the blade? What program can I use to attach these devices and move around?

Thanks.
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They cannot "move around", they are connected to the blade server next to them. The backplane is simply wired to connect server to the adjacent slot with tape etc in it if it has mezzanine passthrough.

You would put something like Backup Exec on one server with the tape next to it and use that to back up the other servers in the enclosure through the LAN based agents.

Similarly with the disk blade you would make network shares for the other servers or use iSCSI for block level access through the LAN such as the SB600c AiO blade does (which is basically a BL460C + SB40C storagfe blade running windows 2003 storage server.)
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Can I have a single server in the blade to have a tape drive and storageworks connected to it? How do I configure mezzanine cards? Any docs?
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Only one storage blade per server so no, you can't have the disk blade and the tape blade connected to one.
Server goes in odd numbered bay and storage blade in even numbered bay next to it. Will connect automatically unless it is next to full height server blade in which case 411243-B21 is needed in the server. Your's are half height blades so not needed.
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My bad, if you had a full height server you can actually have the storage blade and tape blade attached to it

"NOTE: Storage blades and Tape blades can be installed in the same zone as both full-height and half-height blades, a bracket ships with each SB40c/Tape Blade that allows a half-height blade to be mounted on top of the storage blade" from http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12810_div/12810_div.html
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Can you explain the above a bit more, as I can't find the info in the link. I have half and full height servers, one half height storageworks and half tape drive. I want to connect these two to one server in the blade, doesn't matter whether it ias half or full height. Is it possible?

Idea is to make that server as the backup server with more space and a local tape drive.

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Full height server in slot 1 +9, half height tape in slot 10, disk blade in slot 2.
431643-B21 in mezzanine 3 in server.

Search http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12810_div/12810_div.html for "figure 2" or for "adjacent to a full-height"
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Hi,

The figure says that u can have a full height server and a tape drive in the lower bay nest to it. But, it ddoesn't say that you can have a storage blade on top of the tape blade !!!

Am I right?
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I think you are right. Since the passthrough is needed for both storage blade and tape blade they must be both driven via mezzanine 3 so above the tape/storage blade you can only put a server blade.

Looks like you're stuck with using 2 half-height blades one with tape adjacent and one with disk adjacent and share the disk on the LAN for backup-to-disk folders.
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