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Re: [dm-devel] defining paths with DDN 8500

Thanks Tore and Christophe.  Unless someone has something for DDN, I'll have to roll my own (and share, of course.)

On a somewhat related note - do you know if there a concise description of the existing prio's - outside of what's in the /* */'s?


----- Original Message ----
From: Tore Anderson <tore linpro no>
To: device-mapper development <dm-devel redhat com>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 3:33:11 AM
Subject: Re: [dm-devel] defining paths with DDN 8500

* Mike White

> I'm working with the multipathing package and a DDN 8500.  I've been
> able to successfully configure  failover and failback.  The system is
> configured as such:
>     qla_port_1 ----  ctrl A port 4 ---- LUN 3 (LUN 7)
>     qla_port_2 ----  ctrl B port 4 ---- LUN 7 (LUN 3)
> Where LUN 3 is on a dedicated port to qla_port_1 and qla_port_2 is
> dedicated to LUN 7.
> The problem that I'm having is all the traffic is going through
> qla_port_1, qla_port_2 appears to be sitting idle until a failover.
> To compensate, I've been using dmsetup to force the qla_port_2 ----
> LUN 7 path.
> Is there a better way than using dmsetup to do this?  multipath isn't
> an option, as it negatively impacts performance.

  Sounds like you're in need of a prio_callout.  I'm not familiar with
 your hardware so I don't know if there's already one available, if not,
 make a simple script that for example prints "2" for the paths you want
 to prefer and "1" for the ones you want to use as backups.  Then set
 path_grouping_policy to "failover".  You might also want to set
 failback to "immediate".

Tore Anderson

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