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YOUR IBM i TRAINING SOURCE

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Overview

This course covers the operational procedures for handling and maintaining tape volumes and devices on an IBM i system. This discussion includes both physical tape volumes and virtual tape volumes that are stored on disk.

The course begins by describing the terms and concepts associated with magnetic tape volumes and devices. You will see how data is recorded on a tape and the purpose of tape labels. The course then introduces virtual tape volumes, image catalogs, and virtual devices.

Next, the course covers the IBM Navigator for i tasks used to work with physical and virtual tape volumes and devices. You will see how to display and change the status of a tape device, respond to tape-related messages, and initialize a tape volume. Finally, the course covers how to display or print tape information, including the contents of tape labels and the data recorded on a tape. You will also see how to duplicate a tape volume.

NOTE: This course will be released in the first quarter of 2018.

Approximate Study Time: 2 hours

Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define tape-related terms, including block, inter-block gap, read/write head, label, and tape mark
  • Describe the format of a standard-labeled tape
  • Identify the contents of volume and file labels
  • Describe the purpose of the write-protect tab or knob on a tape cartridge
  • Identify the proper procedures for handling tape cartridges
  • Define terms relating to virtual media, including virtual volume, image catalog, and virtual device
  • Describe the procedures for creating and using virtual tapes
  • Identify applications for virtual tapes
  • Display the status of a tape device
  • Vary a tape device online or offline
  • Reset a tape device
  • Identify the job that is currently using a tape device
  • Display a tape device's properties
  • Load or unload an image catalog in a virtual device
  • Mount, load, or unload a specified virtual volume
  • Write-protect a virtual volume
  • Delete a virtual volume or a complete image catalog
  • List all image catalogs or the volumes in a particular catalog
  • Respond properly to tape volume- and tape device-related message
  • Initialize a tape volume
  • Display tape labels
  • Print the contents of a tape
  • Duplicate a tape

Topic Outline

Tape Concepts

Virtual Tapes

Working with Tape Devices

Managing Virtual Tape Volumes and Image Catalogs

Responding to Tape Messages

Displaying Tape Information

Audience

This course should be taken by the person responsible for the operation of an IBM i system. This person may be a dedicated operator, a system administrator, or a designated user.

Prerequisites

This course assumes that you understand IBM i concepts and can perform basic operational tasks using IBM Navigator for i. You can satisfy these prerequisites by successfully completing the Introduction to the IBM i Environment series (including Using Navigator for i), the Work Management Concepts course, and Basic Operations Using Navigator for i.