RE: Qlogic FC Multipath and engenio
> -----Mensaje original-----
> De: Andrew Miehs [mailto:email@example.com]
> Enviado el: Miércoles, 01 de Febrero de 2006 08:53 a.m.
> Para: Doug Griswold
> CC: debian debian-isp
> Asunto: Re: Qlogic FC Multipath and engenio
> Setup is as follows
> * 1 port on Server HBA connected to a switch
> * port 1 from controller A on D240 connected to switch
> * port 1 from controller B on D240 connected to switch
> * LUN1 (disk) default active over controllerA
> * LUN2 (disk) default active over controllerB
> What confuses me is NOT that fact that I see both disks twice, (so
> four devices in total)
> sdc, sdc, sdd, sde BUT that I can only access two of these - via the
> controller on the storage system.
Some SAN solutions do not support Active-Active redundancy where both
controllers are active at the same time. For example en HP EVA3000 the
the controllers implement an Active-Passive redundancy; for each
vdisk created in the SAN there is only one active controller that accepts
commands for the disk. Whereas HP EVA6000 or HP EVA8000 implement
active-active redundancy and you can use native Multi-Path I/O drivers
of Solaris, AIX, Linux to implement redundancy.
> If I access the 'second path' via the 'other' controller to a
> disk, I
> get io errors...
If active-active redundancy is not implemented, access to a vdisk
through the passive controller results in timeout and I/O errors.
> Is this normal? I was expecting that all controllers offer all disks
> equally, and am
> a bit confused about this 'default active' setting...
> I has hoping to avoid compiling the RDAC driver from engenio
> as it is
> for RedHat or Suse, and I now have to go through the Makefile to fix
> it - hopefully
> this should be pretty easy... Their RDAC driver seems to use 'MPP'
> for the failover
Some vendor drivers implement vendor-specific controller switch-over
code. For example, vendor Qlogic drivers for Linux permit redundant
I/O paths and transparent switch-over to the standby controller even
with HP EVA3000, while in Solaris MPIO with active-passive redundancy
does not work and the HP Secure Path software is requiered for
implementing a fault tolerant solution.
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