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Select virtual disk, lpar hdisk pair on vio server
« on: April 28, 2008, 09:03:35 AM »
Hi!
How can select correct pairs between vio servers virtual disks and lpar hdisks?
If I want remove disk from lpar, I use rmdev -l hdisk* -d, and go to vio server, and I want to remove Virtual Target Device, but sometime not too easy select correct device, because Virtual Target Device name (with small differences) and size sometime same with others.
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Re: Select virtual disk, lpar hdisk pair on vio server
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 10:51:17 AM »
Planning ahead helps a lot. When you create the vtscsi object you can add the -dev argument to give it a name that is meaningful to you: e.g. -dev lp10_hd3 (for lpar10, hdisk3).

However, if you are like me - and learn handy things like this after a large install - the commands you want to look at on the VIOS is lsmap and on the AIX partition is lscfg.

On my current system I have given the LP a descriptive name. Notice the LUN value. Also note the Client Partition ID.

$ lsmap -vadapter vhost0
SVSA            Physloc                                      Client Partition ID
vhost0          U9110.51A.0639B9D-V1-C11                     0x00000002

VTD                   vtopt0
Status                Available
LUN                   0x8200000000000000
Backing device        cd0
Physloc               U788C.001.AAA4406-P1-D5

VTD                   vtscsi0
Status                Available
LUN                   0x8100000000000000
Backing device        lp2vd1
Physloc               

VTD                   vtscsi1
Status                Available
LUN                   0x8300000000000000
Backing device        lp2cd2
Physloc               


Connect to the Partition with ID #2 and run the following command:

# lscfg -v | grep V2 | grep L8
  hdisk1           U9110.51A.0639B9D-V2-C2-T1-L830000000000  Virtual SCSI Disk Drive
  cd0              U9110.51A.0639B9D-V2-C2-T1-L820000000000  Virtual SCSI Optical Served by VIO Server
  hdisk0           U9110.51A.0639B9D-V2-C2-T1-L810000000000  Virtual SCSI Disk Drive


The grep for V2 is because the partition is #2, so it's physical location for virtual devices will always include V2-C (with the virtual slot number following the -C. In this case C2.). The added L8 is just to make the list smaller. You may actually want to skip that to see everything attached via the virtual i/o planer.

All that is left now ios to match up the LUN values L8* and you have your disks.

Hope this answers your question!

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Re: Select virtual disk, lpar hdisk pair on vio server
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 11:49:15 AM »
Thanks Michael!
This is the solution!
I tried with bad starting data:
on lpar:
# lscfg -v |grep disk
...
  hdisk21          U9117.570.65031ED-V14-C5-T1-L870000000000  Virtual SCSI Disk Drive
...
  hdisk20          U9117.570.65031ED-V14-C4-T1-L870000000000  Virtual SCSI Disk Drive


After it I try grep on lsmap -all, and I found more than one device with L87 Lun Id.
Thanks!
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Re: Select virtual disk, lpar hdisk pair on vio server
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008, 04:32:41 PM »
Since you have two vscsi adapters (one on C4, one on C5) the LUN can be repeated.

This also means you have two vhost adapters on the VIO server - or - you are using dual VIO servers and lvm mirroring (perhaps).

If you have only one VIO server, you do not need a seperate VSCSI server/client adapter pair for each disk.

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Re: Select virtual disk, lpar hdisk pair on vio server
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008, 05:45:36 AM »
Hi!
We want to use 2 disk storage for remote disks..., but we got just one.
Thanks Your help!
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Re: Select virtual disk, lpar hdisk pair on vio server
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2008, 08:32:47 AM »
1) Where is remote storage coming from? SAN (LUN), physical disks, or as logical volumes?
2) How many VIO partitions per managed system?

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Re: Select virtual disk, lpar hdisk pair on vio server
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2008, 08:40:18 AM »
Hi!
Average/one lpar:
use 6/8 local diszk (small disks ~10G)
use 6/13 from IBM DS8100 (bigger disks 20-80 G)

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Re: Select virtual disk, lpar hdisk pair on vio server
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2008, 03:09:40 PM »
Basically, regardless of your choice of LVM mirroring, or MPIO to SAN based RAID/mirored storage, the first thing you will need is a dual VIOS setup.

As you are using only one VIO Server atm - at least that is how I understand your reply - you do not need two vhost/vclient adapter pairs for your storage. The LUN values are only unique to one vhostX adapter - as they are LUNs of that adapter, not of the VIO Server; not for the client.

As the material is a bit complex - I normally teach this as part of a 4 day course for VIO Best Practices, I shall not attempt to give a quick and dirty (or quick and easy) answer here.

This is a topic I have been working on. Graphics is hard - but I am getting better. And as those start shaping up I'll get the articles finished.

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Re: Select virtual disk, lpar hdisk pair on vio server
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2008, 07:48:23 AM »
Hi Michael!
This system plan made by IBM support (no comment). Rootvg is on local machine, on disks of 570, mirroring by AIX 5.3 on lpars. Oracle, and WAS vg-s mirrored on storage with RAID5.
I'm just inherit this system from IBM. We have other VIO server, and those work finnest.
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Re: Select virtual disk, lpar hdisk pair on vio server
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2008, 11:56:46 AM »
Systems being inherrited is nothing new. Whether it is from IBM, a business partner, or just whoever else was before you. History is dependent on goals and/or problems as people saw them then.

Before I can comment (as you wisely said no comment as well) I need some feedback on current plans and or problems. I still do not understand your goals - although I am beginning to understand some of your resources (i.e. a p570 (power6), or a p5-570 (power5)) and some SAN storage.

Without worrying about impact on current configuration: what are your goals and/or problems. In other words, what do want to achieve as system administrator or application administrator/owner.

Otherwise I can only list different methods to configure a POWER system but never really address your problem.