About This Guide

This guide tells you how to configure an SGI® COPAN™ native massive array of idle disks (MAID) system for use with the SGI InfiniteStorage™ Data Migration Facility (DMF) and the SGI OpenVault™ mounting service.

Related Publications

The following publications contain additional information:

  • DMF 6 Administrator Guide for SGI InfiniteStorage

  • DMF 5 Filesystem Audit Guide for SGI InfiniteStorage

  • High Availability Guide for SGI InfiniteStorage

  • OpenVault Administrator Guide for SGI InfiniteStorage

  • SGI InfiniteStorage Software Platform release note (the README.txt file, see below to obtain)

  • XVM Volume Manager Administrator Guide

Also see the Platform Service Manager Online Help available from the PSM Help menu.

Obtaining Publications

You can obtain SGI documentation as follows:

  • See the SGI Technical Publications Library at http://docs.sgi.com. Various formats are available. This library contains the most recent and most comprehensive set of online books, man pages, and other information.

  • You can view man pages by typing man title at a command line.

  • The /docs directory on the ISSP DVD or in the Supportfolio™ download directory contains the following:

    • The ISSP release note: /docs/README.txt

    • DMF release notes: /docs/README_DMF.txt

    • A complete list of the packages and their location on the media: /docs/RPMS.txt

    • The packages and their respective licenses: /docs/PACKAGE_LICENSES.txt

  • The release notes and manuals are provided in the noarch/sgi-isspdocs RPM and will be installed on the system into the following location:



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