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Re: [dm-devel] NIC and HBA based multipathing

Thanks for the follow-up.  I have each initiator setup with access to
the SAN.  The NIC is accessing /dev/sdb and the HBA is accessing
/dev/sdc.  I can mount either (or both) and access the data on the SAN

# rpm -qa | grep multipath

# /etc/init.d/multipathd status
multipathd (pid 15929) is running...

I'm following the instructions on Red Hat's KB to setup the
multipath.conf file.  The modprobes were successful, the service
started, but...

# multipath -v2
error calling out /sbin/scsi_id -g -u -s /block/sda

...with /dev/sda being my physical hard drive.  dmesg output says:

device-mapper: dm-multipath: error getting device
device-mapper: error adding target to table

# ls -l /dev/mapper/mpath*
ls: /dev/mapper/mpath*: No such file or directory

Can anyone point me in the right direction?  My config file is
currently the exact same as what appears in the Red Hat KB article.
Yes, I followed up with the next KB article and added "sda" to the
blacklist, but I still get the same message running multipath -v2.


On 10/30/07, Kevin Foote <kevin foote gmail com> wrote:
> I cant say that I have done that all mine are on an iscsi HBA only but,
> it seems like it should work .. you will need to have multipathd running,
> and you will have to setup your /etc/multipath.conf file correctly for your
> device(s). Also this goes with out saying each initiator will need the target
> defined for their own access.
> > rpm -qa | grep multipath
> device-mapper-multipath-0.4.5-21.0.1.RHEL4
> > chkconfig multipathd on
> You will also note that your devices will vary /dev/sdX which is fine they
> will be "joined" if you will under the /dev/mpath/<whatever-you-called-dev>
> node.  Which is where you will access the device as well.
> On 10/30/07, Scott Moseman <scmoseman gmail com> wrote:
> >
> > Device-mapper multipathing in RHEL 4
> > http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/FAQ_51_7170.shtm
> >
> > I can (and have) setup a NIC based iSCSI SAN connection.  I can (and
> > have) setup an HBA based iSCSI SAN connection.  Now I'm trying to get
> > a machine to connect using multipath with both a NIC and an HBA.  What
> > are the prerequisites that I should have running before I attempt to
> > go through the above knowledge base procedure?
> >
> > I put IPs on both the NIC and HBA on the SAN network.  The SAN is
> > showing both IPs as trying to access the volume in question.  iscsi-ls
> > only shows 1 device (/dev/sdb), and it's taking the path through the
> > NIC to reach the SAN.  I can verify this by watching the SAN volume to
> > see which of the IP addresses is sending traffic.
> >
> > Should my HBA show up as another device (/dev/sdc) before I start
> > attempting to multipath?  Or is multipathd going to link both NIC and
> > HBA to the /dev/sdb device?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Scott
> >

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