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Old 07-17-2009, 06:48 AM   #1
timvandijk039
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mptscsih problem in Debian5 (Lenny) with VMWare ESX3.5


Need help with a recently encountered phenomenon on all our debian 5 based servers within our VMWare ESX3.5 cluster.

They all reported the following problems:

Jul 17 09:00:43 athene kernel: [61207.003123] mptscsih: ioc0: attempting task abort! (sc=df262480)
Jul 17 09:00:43 athene kernel: [61207.003196] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] CDB: Write(10): 2a 00 00 05 1a ad 00 00 08 00
Jul 17 09:00:43 athene kernel: [61207.113976] mptscsih: ioc0: task abort: SUCCESS (sc=df262480)
Jul 17 09:00:43 athene kernel: [61207.114061] mptscsih: ioc0: attempting task abort! (sc=df262080)
Jul 17 09:00:43 athene kernel: [61207.114101] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] CDB: Write(10): 2a 00 00 93 e3 4d 00 00 08 00
Jul 17 09:00:43 athene kernel: [61207.226139] mptscsih: ioc0: task abort: SUCCESS (sc=df262080)


According to our VMWare administrator there were no updates done at all so I guess we can rule that out for now.

Here a description of one of the problem-systems

athene:~# uname -a
Linux athene 2.6.26-2-686 #1 SMP Thu May 28 15:39:35 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux


VMWare tools version 3.5.0 build 153875

athene:/# mount
/dev/sda1 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
tmpfs on /lib/init/rw type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=620)
/dev/sda9 on /home type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sda8 on /tmp type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sda5 on /usr type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sda6 on /var type ext3 (rw)
nas01:/vol/backup on /backup type nfs (rw,addr=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx)
/dev/hda on /media/cdrom0 type iso9660 (ro,noexec,nosuid,nodev)


athene:/# lsmod
Module Size Used by
...
...
mptspi 12936 6
mptscsih 21760 1 mptspi
mptbase 51108 2 mptspi,mptscsih
scsi_transport_spi 19840 1 mptspi
scsi_mod 129324 5 libata,sd_mod,mptspi,mptscsih,scsi_transport_spi
...
...


athene:~# modinfo mptscsih
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-686/kernel/drivers/message/fusion/mptscsih.ko
version: 3.04.06
license: GPL
description: Fusion MPT SCSI Host driver
author: LSI Corporation
srcversion: 1F2950F4B9A626767D8FC96
depends: scsi_mod,mptbase
vermagic: 2.6.26-2-686 SMP mod_unload modversions 686

athene:/# modinfo mptspi
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-686/kernel/drivers/message/fusion/mptspi.ko
version: 3.04.06
license: GPL
description: Fusion MPT SPI Host driver
author: LSI Corporation
srcversion: F584C8912673447E1C7755A
alias: pci:v00001000d00000040sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v0000117Cd00000030sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v00001000d00000030sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
depends: mptscsih,scsi_mod,mptbase,scsi_transport_spi
vermagic: 2.6.26-2-686 SMP mod_unload modversions 686
parm: mpt_saf_te: Force enabling SEP Processor: enable=1 (default=MPTSCSIH_SAF_TE=0) (int)




Our Windows systems on the same ESX cluster (yes it's an ESX HA cluster) don't seem have a problem. The Windows hosts report however that they can't find their disk, but don't see that a a problem :-/ .
The debian servers are all based on the same VMWare template!

Even with the forums on the internet I haven't been able to figure out what's causing this.
Can anyone help me with this issue or point me in good direction?

Thanks in advance.

Tim van Dijk

Last edited by timvandijk039; 07-29-2009 at 04:31 AM. Reason: Further research
 
Old 07-29-2009, 04:50 AM   #2
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Our solution

In reply to my own post:

It seems that we found the solution to this problem. Hopefully this solution is helpfull to someone with a similar problem.

The problem was found within our NetAPP. On our NetAPP we had several scheduled processes. The scheduled snapshots were however the cause of our problem.

More specific:
1. Aggregate snapshots
2. Volume snapshot of Datastore-volume

We disabled the aggregate snapshots and the datastore volume snapshot. After this we enabled the snapmirror/snapmanager option with our virtual center server. This feature backs-up our VM's with the great NetAPP snapshot functionality but temporarily suspends the vm's while doing it. By suspending the VM (for a second or two) there is no filesystem corruption.

To check the scheduling of your NetAPP shapshot-tasks, you can enter te following command on the NetAPP command line interface:

Code:
snap sched       (for volume snapshots)
snap sched -A    (for aggregate snapshots)
To disable a volume snapshot
Code:
snap sched <volume_name> 0
To disable a aggregate snapshot
Code:
snap sched -A <aggregate_name> 0

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