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Getting the list of the tapes in the Offline Shelf

Postby cforest » Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:10 pm

Hi there,

Just wanted to ask if there is any way to get the lists of the tapes in the Offline Shelf for a given VTL device via StarWindX with PowerShell? We need it to automate inserting a tape back to the drive/slot when we don't know the names of the such tapes in advance. To automate it, we already have two piece of codes:

1. InsertVirtualTape.ps1 in your Samples - it is a good example of how to insert a tape when you know its name

2. A code to get a free slot:

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foreach ($slot in $device.Slots) {
        if (($slot.Barcode -eq '') -and (($slot.SlotName -match 'TapeDrive') -or ($slot.SlotName -match 'Storage'))) {
            $freeSlot = $slot.slotAddress;
            "Slot: " + $slot.SlotName
            break;
        }
    }


The only thing we don't know is how to get the list of the tapes in the Offline Shelf. Is there any way to get it with PowerShell?

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Re: Getting the list of the tapes in the Offline Shelf

Postby Boris (staff) » Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:42 pm

You might want to check:
Code: Select all
$server.Devices[0].Tapes

for the property called SlotType.
For a tape in any slot it would return "Storage", while for offline tapes it is "Unknown".
Sample output:
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PS C:\Program Files\StarWind Software\StarWind\StarWindX\Samples\powershell> $server.Devices[0].Tapes


Barcode   : SWCJJ003
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ006
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ007
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ008
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ009
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ00A
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ00B
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ00C
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ00D
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ00E
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ00F
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ00G
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ00H
SlotType  : Storage
TapeType  : U-832
Size      : 12288000
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ004
SlotType  : Unknown
TapeType  :
Size      : 0
UsedSpace : 0

Barcode   : SWCJJ005
SlotType  : Unknown
TapeType  :
Size      : 0
UsedSpace : 0
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Re: Getting the list of the tapes in the Offline Shelf

Postby cforest » Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:56 pm

Thank you!

It seems to work. The only thing I changed was using both SlotType and TapeType, because I observed "Unknown" for tapes in the Offline Shelf and the tapes in Drives.

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if (($tape.SlotType -match 'Unknown') -and ($tape.TapeType -eq '')) {


Offline Tape: SWPKU001
Offline Tape: SWPKU004
Offline Tape: SWPKU00A

Drive1: SWPKU003
Drive2: SWPKU009

====


Barcode : SWPKU003
SlotType : Unknown
TapeType : U-832
Size : 5120
UsedSpace : 0

====
Barcode : SWPKU009
SlotType : Unknown
TapeType : U-832
Size : 5120
UsedSpace : 0

====
Barcode : SWPKU008
SlotType : Storage
TapeType : U-832
Size : 5120
UsedSpace : 0

====
Barcode : SWPKU005
SlotType : Storage
TapeType : U-832
Size : 5120
UsedSpace : 0

====
Barcode : SWPKU007
SlotType : Storage
TapeType : U-832
Size : 5120
UsedSpace : 0

====
Barcode : SWPKU006
SlotType : Storage
TapeType : U-832
Size : 5120
UsedSpace : 0

====
Barcode : SWPKU002
SlotType : Storage
TapeType : U-832
Size : 5120
UsedSpace : 0

====
Barcode : SWPKU001
SlotType : Unknown
TapeType :
Size : 0
UsedSpace : 0

====
Barcode : SWPKU004
SlotType : Unknown
TapeType :
Size : 0
UsedSpace : 0

====
Barcode : SWPKU00A
SlotType : Unknown
TapeType :
Size : 0
UsedSpace : 0
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Re: Getting the list of the tapes in the Offline Shelf

Postby Boris (staff) » Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:26 am

Totally makes sense. I missed it, so thanks for pointing it out.
Glad it worked for you.
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