If a SCSI disk drive is not defined to be part of any physical pack within a system drive, it is automatically labeled as a standby drive. If any SCSI disk drive within a system drive fails, data on a standby drive may be lost due to the standby replacement procedure. This replacement procedure will overwrite the standby drive if the failed disk drive is configured with any level of redundancy (RAID levels 1, 5, and 6) and its size is identical to the size of the available standby drive.
Therefore, even though a standby drive is physically connected, the system denies access to it so no data can be accidentally lost.
Other than the standby rebuild of disk drives, which is described in the manufacturer's user's guide, these controllers do not support hot-plugging.
To add or remove devices, shut down the system, add or remove the devices, reconfigure the HBA using the vendor's configuration utility, and reconfigure-reboot (b -r) your system.
The driver does not support variable-length tape drives or multivolume backup or restore for tape drives connected to the controller.
Due to a Mylex firmware limitation, on older cards, SCSI tape and CD-ROM devices will not function reliably when attached on a channel that also contains SCSI hard disk drives. However, on newer PCI SCSI cards such as the DAC960PG and DAC960PJ, this limitation has not been observed. The latest firmware for any Mylex card can be obtained from its Web site.
A tape block size greater than 32 Kbytes cannot be used. To be certain of correct SCSI device operation on all cards, use SCSI tape and CR-ROM devices only on an otherwise unused channel and with a fixed block size of 32 Kbytes or less.
Long tape commands (erasing a large tape) might fail because the Mylex controllers have a one-hour timeout maximum for the command.
Enable tag queuing only for SCSI disk drives that are officially tested and approved by Mylex Corporation for the DAC960 controller family. Otherwise, disable tag queuing to avoid problems.
The command mt erase works but might report the following error message when it gets to the end of the tape:
/dev/rmt/0 erase failed: I/O error
This message can be ignored.