The RocketStor 6328 converts Thunderbolt from the Mac to SAS to control LTO-5 or LTO-6 tape drives or libraries
Highpoint RocketStor and RocketRAID are NOT COMPATIBLE with LTO-7 or LTO-8 drives
They may work with LTO-5 and LTO-6 drives, but we don't recommend using them.
RS6324L and RS6328L only support SATA devices, they will not work with LTO devices.
The 6328 has two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Connect one to the Mac.
The other port can be used to loop the connection to another Thunderbolt device.
There are two connectors for SFF8088 cables. Each connector can control 4 LTO drives with an SFF8088 to 4xSFF8088 breakout cable. Or use a SFF8088 to SFF8088 cable for one drive.
The RocketStor does not support the TLR protocol so it is not compatible with the higher speed of LTO-7 and LTO-8 drives.
If using an LTO-5 or LTO-6 library use firmware v188.8.131.52 as newer firmware v184.108.40.206 will not format and mount tapes.
There are other models like the 6328L, which will not work with any LTO drives.
Checking hardware devices
To check that the Mac can see the RocketStor and LTO hardware hold the alt key on the Mac keyboard, click the Apple Menu and select System Information...
Check for Thunderbolt devices
Select Thunderbolt from the left hand Hardware list. The 6328 should always be there as long as there is 12V power connected to the unit.
RocketStor Driver missing
Now select SAS from the Hardware list. Here the driver has not been installed so no SAS devices are shown.
Download the firmware, driver and WebGUI for the RocketStor 6328 from the HighPoint website.
RocketStor Driver installed
Now the driver is installed and the Highpoint SAS device is shown. Check the firmware revision, we recommend
revision v220.127.116.11 as v18.104.22.168 will not work with a tape library.
There is a single SCSI Target Device, this is the Highpoint SAS controller. No tape drives are connected.
Updating RocketStor Firmware
To update the firmware first install the WebGUI, this will put a HighPoint RAID Management icon on the desktop. Open that and then select the Physical Tab.
Check the current Firmware Version, then click Choose File and select the downloaded 6328fw.blf file and click Submit.
When finished disconnect and reconnect the Thunderbolt cable to restart the RS6328.
LTO drive connected
Make sure an LTO drive is connected and powered on, now a SCSI Target
Device @ 0 is shown. Here an IBM LTO-5 drive is connected.
YoYottaID LTFS will now be able to control this drive.
The System Information page does not refresh automatically. After adding or removing devices Click File, Refresh Information or Command + R to refresh the hardware listing.
LTO library connected
Here an HPE MSL4048 with three LTO drives is connected. SCSI Target Device @ 0 has two logical units.
SCSI Logical Unit @ 0 is an LTO-5 drive, SCSI Logical Unit @ 1 is the library robot. If two logical units are not shown for the Target @ 0 then the configuration of the tape library needs to be set to external control.
SCSI Target Devices 1 and 2 are LTO-5 and LTO-4 drives.
YoYottaID Automation will now be able to control this library.
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