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Unable to connect FC initiator port to the Tape drive directly

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • FC initiator port
  • HP MSL 1/8 G2 Autoloader Tape Drive


  • FC initiator port does not come up, when it's directly connected to the tape drive
sysconfig -a
slot 0: FC Host Adapter 0e (QLogic 8324 rev. 2, L-port, <OFFLINE (hard)>)
                              SFP Capabilities:  4, 8 or 16 Gbit
                              Link Data Rate:    N/A
  • By default Tape drive speed is set to 8g, Ontap port is auto negotiated.
  • It's a switchless connection, Tape Drive is compatible
  •  FC Port is configured as an initiator.
  • SFP and cable were reseated/replaced.

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