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Exabyte VXA-2 PacketLoader 1X10 1U
At our Real-World Labs in Green Bay, Wis., I installed PacketLoader in combination with Dantz Retrospect Multi Server 6.5 backup software on a four-processor HP-Compaq DL580 Windows 2000 server. The PacketLoader model I evaluated included Exabyte's optional Ethernet-based remote-management package.
A SCSI cable problem made setup and configuration rough at first, but once that was solved, the connection process couldn't have been easier. The five-button panel and LCD display facilitated tape loading and other maintenance functions. It took less than an hour to install and configure the library, fill the changer with tapes and inventory them.
Many of the library's options were preset to usable configurations by default. In fact, the process that took the most time was attaching the necessary barcode labels to the various cartridges.
After I patched Retrospect to the most current drivers, the software had no difficulty identifying and interfacing with the PacketLoader library and its VXA-2 drive in their native modes. Exabyte wisely provided mode options that emulated the vendor's 210, EZ17 and AutoPak 1x10 libraries to accommodate backup software that might not support PacketLoader in native mode.
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