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Old 09-24-2009, 12:20 AM   #1
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Question Multipath not working in AIX 5.3


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I am facing a problem in multipathing in AIX 5.3. My AIX box connected having two FC HBAs and both are connected with two FC SAN switches. I have assigned 3 Luns to AIX If i issue lsdev -Cc disk the Luns shows exeactly 3 mean Multipathing working. But Ironacly If i switched off one SAN switch and when I issue df -g or ls to mounted storage for checking. The above command get hang and If i issue cfgmgr it also get stuck. Please help why this problem is coming..

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Old 09-24-2009, 12:27 AM   #2
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What does the error report say?

What about "mount", "lslv", "lsvg" and friends?

Just because "lsdev" is OK, doesn't mean everything else is.
 
Old 09-25-2009, 05:39 PM   #3
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what reserve policy do you have on the luns?
what fast fail policy do you have on the luns?
what dynamic tracking policy do you have on the luns?
what it the back end storage type, firmware, device driver, host attachment script, etc.?
 
Old 09-26-2009, 12:57 AM   #4
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Storage is IBM DS 4700 and from storage manager if I see its showing me this error in event log:
logical drive not on preferred path due to adt rdac failover - event 4011
Please help why the is error message is coming how to rectify it. And this error message comes when I switched off one SAN switch for checking multipath failover.
 
Old 10-08-2009, 11:38 PM   #5
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:22 PM   #6
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You can check your MPIO paths (without doing something drastic like turning off a SAN switch) by using the lspath command. Run this command against your 3 LUNs(hdisk2, 3 and 4 i'm assuming?) to check that there are paths coming from both HBA's.
lspath -H -l hdisk#

You might also want to check the zoning on your switches.
 
Old 10-19-2009, 05:43 AM   #7
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lspath

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Originally Posted by andy_lee View Post
You can check your MPIO paths (without doing something drastic like turning off a SAN switch) by using the lspath command. Run this command against your 3 LUNs(hdisk2, 3 and 4 i'm assuming?) to check that there are paths coming from both HBA's.
lspath -H -l hdisk#

You might also want to check the zoning on your switches.
When I checked through lspath -l hdisk# when all SAN switch on

it shows me something like this

# lspath -l hdisk4

fcs0 path Enable
fcs1 path Enable

Message comes means path is coming from both fc HBA isn't it. If I switch off one switch then issue this same command again. It shows me like this

fcs0 path Enable
fcs1 path Failed

But Ironacly if I issued ls or try to make any folder its got stucked. By the suggetion of IBM experts I have updated AIX TL and SP and installed the SDDPCM driver. Now after updating and instaing driver issue is it is faling over and failing back but takes a time of 5-10 mins. I have asked my storage engg. for rechecking zones it said all settings are OK from his end. Please suggest where is the loophole.

Thx & RGD

Charanjit

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Old 10-19-2009, 07:43 PM   #8
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what does:
lsattr -El hdisk4
show?

Sounds like you do not have dynamic tracking and fast fail enabled...
 
Old 10-20-2009, 01:32 AM   #9
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what does:
lsattr -El hdisk4
show?

Sounds like you do not have dynamic tracking and fast fail enabled...
Well I will check that I'll update you as at right now I'm not at my customer location. But meanwhile can yyou clearify what does mean dynamic tracking and fast fail and Does it need to be enable at OS end or storage end...

Thx Charanjit
 
  


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