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Re: [dm-devel] Changing SAN vendors

Allen, Jack wrote:
    Still looking for an answer for RH AS 4.7.
No body has any ideas?

The mpath names change because the XP is exporting the storage with new WWIDs (multipath-tools name binding is all based on LUN WWIDs). The bindings are stored in a file that is normally automatically generated and maintained.

I think in your stiuation if you need to preserve the old names, your best option is to manually edit the bindings file and copy it between the hosts that need to have a common view of the storage.

The default location for the file is /var/lib/multipath/bindings, although if you have /var configured as a separate file system you should move it to /etc and configure the bindings_file option in multipath.conf to avoid problems when initialising multipath devices before /var is mounted.

You could also take the steps that Tore suggested and configure multipath entries in multipath.conf to map the devices but unless you are happy with giving them new names this isn't going to work as the current multipath-tools will give undefined behaviour if you use "mpathN" style names for aliases defined in multipath.conf.


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