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I have a server (RHEL 5.5, 2.6.18-92.1.6.el5) connected to two SANs by multiple paths. But the server's only seeing one path at a time. The only exceptions are the controllers from my HP EVA SAN, as you can see below (which indicates correct zoning). Sometimes when I reboot the server, everything will switch to the other path, but it has never (that I know of) switched while the server is up and running.
[root@cobra ~]# lsscsi
[0:0:0:1] disk NETAPP LUN 7320 /dev/sda
[0:0:0:2] disk NETAPP LUN 7320 /dev/sdb
[0:0:2:0] storage HP HSV210 5000 -
[0:0:2:6] disk HP HSV210 5000 /dev/sdc
[0:0:2:7] disk HP HSV210 5000 /dev/sdd
[0:0:2:8] disk HP HSV210 5000 /dev/sde
[0:0:2:9] disk HP HSV210 5000 /dev/sdf
[0:0:3:0] storage HP HSV210 5000 -
[1:0:2:0] storage HP HSV210 6220 -
[1:0:3:0] storage HP HSV210 6220 -
I have triple-checked the zoning and masking/presentation, and everything looks correct. I'm working this through a paid support contract, too, but they're proving useless. Any ideas?
This server has never (to my knowledge) seen multiple paths. It's been running for a while (a few months) with single paths, and I'm trying to get multipath set up for the first time.
I have tried different cables, different SFP's, and different ports on the switch (yes - Brocade). I wouldn't rule out a hardware issue completely, but it's weird that both paths work just fine - I just have to reboot to switch from one path to the other. I've tried to open up the zoning as much as possible, but based on the fact that I can get both paths to work without changing any zoning/masking/presentation, I don't know what else to check in that area. I haven't run diagnostics there yet, but if you think it's worthwhile, I can follow that lead.
Given that multipath(8) is 1) not seeing more than one path; 2) not reporting any errors, I think it would be a good idea to see what you can learn from the switch. I don't have my Brocade documentation handy, but I believe you can view logs and other info using "supportsave" (or some such).
Wish I had a better lead for you. I will say that I've bumped into some rather vexing issues with Brocade switches, where (even after replacing SFPs and fibre cables) the entire unit had to be replaced to resolve the problem. In that case, though, the symptoms were manifesting themselves in obvious ways. There were Brocade switch events in the logs, and the ports would go offline and then mysteriously come back online.