Stayed late at work today in order to watch an outside consultant install a tape drive on our server (more on the server in a second). Of course, Murphy's Law was in full effect and one of our new harddrives had a motor go out on it. So long story short, we've got a new and much larger capacity tape drive now installed.
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When I first interviewed for my current job, I was told that I would be dealing with CMHC very often. As anyone would do, I decided to inquire as to what exactly this product was. So here's the skinny in case there are any other possible people alive that would want to know this information. CMHC is a computerized system written a while ago ( `80's ). The acronym stands for Clinical and Mental Health C? Not quite sure as to what the C means and as far as I can tell the CMH part is never really defined anywhere (and I don't feel like hunting it down in the horrible documentation). CMHC was bought by another company who also dealt primarily with the mental health sector. This company had another product and now supports both systems. More can possibly be found on their website at More information on CMHC might be able to be found on the national user groups website

The OS
From what I can tell, CMHC only runs on 2 OS's. SCO Unix and AIX by IBM. Currently we are running AIX 4.3 which looks like it was released in Oct. 1997. I don't know if we plan on upgrading the OS. Doing the CMHC installs is pretty big pain already.

The Problems
The tape drive installation wasn't a big issue. The more serious issue came when we rebooted the server and heard some strange noises. Turns out the motor in a relatively new drive (not older than a month) had gone bad. So we pulled it out and swapped in a replacement drive. Rebooted and then found out that the new tape drive could only read tapes (so much for that nights backup).

And that wraps up the story of that installation. Thinking on it now, I hope that our current systems have a little more foresight than the systems of yesterday, or else the future is doomed.