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Snapdrive for Unix

Setting up multipathing


You can configure multiple network paths between the host and storage system by setting up multipathing. SnapDrive for UNIX does support the use of aliases in multipath environments. You need to make sure that the proper alias name for the mapper devices is configured in the /etc/multipath.conf file.

  1. After the host reboots, the multipath daemon should be running as shown in the following example:

    root@lnx197-123 ~]# ps -ef | grep multipathd
    root      5713     1  0 22:44 ?        00:00:00 /sbin/multipathd
    root      5739  1783  0 22:44 pts/1    00:00:00 grep multipathd

    If the multipath daemon is not running, ensure that you restart the daemon after the reboot. You can start the multipath daemon by running the following command:

    [root@lnx197-123 ~]# chkconfig --level 345 multipathd on
    Note The following table lists some of the SnapDrive operations which support the use of alias name in multipath environment.
    Operation Alias name support Device type

    Snap Create and Restore (SFSR and VBSR) from primary on primary host


    Aliased devices

    Cloning from primary or secondary


    Un-aliased devices

    Restore to alternate


    Un-aliased devices

    Restore from secondary


    Un-aliased devices

    • You do not have to set any values in the /etc/multipath.conf file if you are using either Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.4 or later or Oracle Linux 6.4 or later.

      However, you must still maintain a dummy /etc/multipath.conf file, which can either be empty or containing the blacklisted information and alias names, if required.

    • You do not have to maintain a /etc/multipath.conf file if you are using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP3 or later.

      However, you can have a /etc/multipath.conf file to contain the blacklisting information and alias names, if required.

  2. Replace the string HITACHI_HUS103073FL3800_V3WTL7XA with the output of the command scsi_id -gus /block/<LD>, where LD is the local block device name.

    Note For some local block devices, the scsi_id command might not return any strings. In that case, the local block device must be blacklisted by using devnode directive.
  3. Increase the number of file descriptors that a process can open in the host by appending the following lines in the /etc/security/limits.conf file:

    soft nofile 4096
           hard nofile 4096
  4. Ensure that the Linux SG Driver is always loaded after the system reboot by entering the following command:

    echo "modprobe sg" >> /etc/rc.local
  5. Reboot the host to ensure that settings are active.

    Note The lvm2-2.02.17-7.27.8 and the filter setting must be assigned as = ["r|/dev/.*/by-path/.*|", "r|/dev/.*/by-id/.*|", "r|/dev/cciss/.*|", "a/.*/"] in the lvm.conf file in SLES10 SP2.

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