Configure the multipath software
To provide a redundant path to the storage array, you can configure multipath software.
You must install the required packages on your system.
For Red Hat (RHEL) hosts, verify the packages are installed by running
rpm -q device-mapper-multipath.
For SLES hosts, verify the packages are installed by running
rpm -q multipath-tools.
If you have not already installed the operating system, use the media supplied by your operating system vendor.
Multipath software provides a redundant path to the storage array in case one of the physical paths is disrupted. The multipath software presents the operating system with a single virtual device that represents the active physical paths to the storage. The multipath software also manages the failover process that updates the virtual device.
You use the device mapper multipath (DM-MP) tool for Linux installations. By default, DM-MP is disabled in RHEL and SLES. Complete the following steps to enable DM-MP components on the host.
If a multipath.conf file is not already created, run the
# touch /etc/multipath.confcommand.
Use the default multipath settings by leaving the multipath.conf file blank.
Start the multipath service.
# systemctl start multipathd
Save your kernel version by running the
# uname -r 3.10.0-327.el7.x86_64
You will use this information when you assign volumes to the host.
multipathddaemon on boot.
systemctl enable multipathd
initramfsimage or the
initrdimage under /boot directory:
dracut --force --add multipath
Make sure that the newly created /boot/initrams-* image or /boot/initrd-* image is selected in the boot configuration file.
For example, for grub it is
/boot/grub/menu.lstand for grub2 it is
|Automatic Load Balancing is disabled for any volumes mapped to hosts running kernel 3.9 or earlier.|
Reboot the host.