EMC® PowerPath® for AIX

Version 5.3 and Service Pack Releases

Release Notes
P/N 300-008-342 Rev A05 November 2, 2009

These release notes contain information about features, system requirements, and limitations of PowerPath 5.3 for AIX. The release notes supplement other PowerPath 5.3 documentation.
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Revision History ....................................................................................2 Product description...............................................................................2 New features and changes ...................................................................2 Fixed problems ......................................................................................6 Environment and system requirements.............................................9 Known problems and limitations .....................................................17 Technical notes.....................................................................................22 Documentation ....................................................................................25 Software media, organization, and files...........................................27 Installation ............................................................................................28 Troubleshooting and getting help.....................................................28

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Revision History

Revision History
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Revision A01 A02 A03 A04 A05 Date December 4, 2008 December 15, 2008 May 21, 2009 October 19, 2009 November 2, 2009 Description First release of the 5.3 version and its service pack releases. Updated End-of-life announcements. Added a known issue pertaining to PowerHA (HACMP) two node setup. Updated content for the 5.3 SP1 Release. Updated content in the Limitations section

Product description
The EMC® PowerPath® family of products includes PowerPath multipathing software, PowerPath Migration Enabler®, and PowerPath Encryption with RSA®. This release note covers PowerPath multipathing. PowerPath Migration Enabler and PowerPath Encryption are covered in separate release note documents, available on Powerlink. PowerPath is a host-resident software solution designed to enhance performance and application availability. PowerPath combines automatic load balancing, path failover, and multiple path I/O capabilities into one integrated package. Your license type determines the extent of PowerPath functionality available. If you have questions about your license, contact your EMC Customer Support Representative.

New features and changes
This section includes new features and changes in PowerPath 5.3 and service pack releases.

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EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes

New features and changes

PowerPath 5.3 SP1

PowerPath 5.3 SP1 for AIX is a full package installation. You do not need to install PowerPath 5.3 before installing SP1, and you can upgrade directly to 5.3 SP1 from PowerPath 4.5 or later. PowerPath 5.3 SP1 includes the following new features and changes.

Support for the following CLARiiON features: • Asymmetric Logical Unit Access (ALUA) failover mode, including support for SCSI-2 reservations with FLARE version 04.28.000.5.704 or later.
Note: Limitations apply when performing non-disruptive upgrades (NDU) of CLARiiON array software. “Limitations” on page 20 provides details. “ALUA failover mode for CLARiiON arrays” on page 25 contains general ALUA information.

• More than 256 LUNs per storage group with CLARiiON FLARE version 04.29 and later.

N_PortID Virtualization (NPIV) support. NPIV allows a single FCP port to register multiple Worldwide Port Names (WWPN) with a fabric name server. Each registered WWPN is assigned a unique N_Port ID. With NPIV, a single FCP port can appear as multiple WWPNs in the FCP fabric. Support for Symmetrix VMax. • For Symmetrix VMax, Solutions Enabler 7.x.x and EMC ODM 5.3.0.3 are required.

The ability to enable or disable iostat reporting through chdev command to prevent double counting of statistics when PowerPath is registered as a physical disk with AIX. Thin provisioning support on CLARiiON and Symmetrix arrays. Support requires Symmetrix 5773 or later and CLARiiON FLARE 04.28.000.5.5xx or later with the Virtual Provisioning enabler. Support for the PP_DISPLAY_TIME_STAMP environment variable, which adds a time stamp to the powermt display command output when either the TIME_VERBOSE or TIME_SECONDS value is defined. The PowerPath Family CLI and System Messages Reference contains more information.

EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes

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3 Installation and Administration Guide provides more information on the PowerPath management daemon using SNMP. UDID is already in use as an identifier for MPIO devices and has been expanded to include support for iSCSI EMC Symmetrix® (Internet Protocol version 4 and version 6) and EMC CLARiiON® (Internet Protocol version 4 only) devices.3 for AIX adds support for the following new features: ◆ Support of the emcpadm command to export and import pseudo device name and logical unit data in XML format.3 PowerPath 5. Check the EMC Interoperability Navigator for supported Encryption configurations. Support for the PowerPath Management Daemon using SNMP that monitors PowerPath devices and alerts the administrator when access to devices is disrupted or the device configuration changes.3 for AIX: • EMC Symmetrix TimeFinder®/Clone (also known as SYMCLONE) is a Migration Enabler technology that creates a full volume copy of a source device when the source and target devices are in the same Symmetrix array. ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ 4 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. See “emcpadm command line utility” on page 22. New PowerPath Migration Enabler technologies are supported in PowerPath 5. The EMC Host Connectivity Guide for AIX contains more information on UDID.New features and changes Note: PowerPath Encryption with RSA is currently not supported on AIX. The EMC PowerPath Family CLI and System Messages Reference Guide has more information on the emcpadm enhancements. “Management Daemon using SNMP” on page 23 and the EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. Expanded support for the Unique Device Identifier (UDID) feature. Support for the new Stream I/O load balancing policy. See “Stream I/O policy” on page 23. • A host-based copy (also known as Host Copy) migration works in conjunction with the host operating system to migrate data from the specified source logical unit to the target logical unit. The EMC PowerPath Family CLI and System Messages Reference Guide has more information on Stream I/O. PowerPath 5.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes .

PowerPath 5. and subsequent releases will not support them.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 5 . as described in “Fixed problems” on page 6. Only root users can run powermt commands other than help or version. Several bug fixes. Support for AIX 6. EMA16000. will be rejected with an "Insufficient user privilege" message. Audit logging has been added to generate audit messages on most powermt and powermig PowerPath commands.3 PowerPath 5. Earlier PowerPath for AIX versions will continue to support the arrays in accordance with the EMC software support duration policy.3 is the last version for AIX to include qualified support for these arrays. End-of-life announcements The following announcements apply to PowerPath for AIX.3 Installation and Administration Guide and the EMC PowerPath Family CLI and System Messages Reference Guide contain more information on audit logging. The EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. EMC strives to minimize EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. and powervt PowerPath commands that are restricted to privileged users.New features and changes The EMC PowerPath Migration Enabler User Guide contains more information on PowerPath Migration Enabler with EMC TimeFinder/Clone.3 has the following end-of-life announcements: HP array support EMC is phasing out PowerPath support for HP StorageWorks EMA12000. PowerPath 5. The running of these commands generate audit messages that allow the tracking of commands run on a particular host. When powermt set path_latency_monitoring=off is run. the path latency threshold value resets to 0. Path latency monitoring has been updated to reset the path latency threshold value to 0 (zero) when latency monitoring is turned off. ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Note: PowerPath Encryption with RSA is currently not supported on AIX. A non-root user attempting to run any command besides help or version. and Host Copy. powermig. ◆ Security root check has been added to various powermt. Check the EMC Interoperability Navigator for supported Encryption configurations. and MA8000 arrays.1.

and associated output and files will no longer appear.3 SP1 has the following end-of-life announcement. ECA can perform consistent split operations across multiple.x.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes . heterogeneous hosts without the use of PowerPath. You can view the most current fixed problems for PowerPath online using EMC E-Lab™ Issue Tracker on Powerlink®.3 SP1). and Hitachi Lightning arrays. PowerPath 5.3. PowerPath 5.Fixed problems customer impact when implementing support changes and to maintain backward compatibility whenever possible.3 SP1 is the last version for AIX to include qualified support for these arrays. HP array support EMC is phasing out PowerPath support for HP StorageWorks EVA 3000/5000 arrays with firmware VCS 3. HP StorageWorks XP 48/128/512/1024 arrays.3 SP1 PowerPath 5. PowerPath 5.3 (that is. Fixed problems This section lists the fixed problems in PowerPath 5. “Troubleshooting and getting help” on page 28 provides additional information on accessing Issue Tracker. 6 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.x. EMC strives to minimize customer impact when implementing support changes and to maintain backward compatibility whenever possible. Consistency groups Consistency groups will not be supported starting with the next PowerPath version (5.3 SP1). Symmetrix Enginuity Version 5568 and later provide support for consistency groups with the Enginuity Consistency Assist (ECA) feature. The PowerPath emcpcg and emcpsapi extensions associated with consistency group support will be removed from the next software version after 5. Earlier PowerPath for AIX versions will continue to support the arrays in accordance with the EMC software support duration policy. and subsequent releases will not support them.

3 HF1 5.0 5.3.3 HF1 Fixed in version 5. a process called emcp_mond was displayed and used more than 90% of the CPU capacity.3.3. it came back with a return value which is interpreted as a failure.3. Upon clearing the reservation. 292613 After the host recovers from a hard reboot in the setup state & then initiates a sync for the state to transit to sourceselected. the paths to CLARiiON LUNs will die and cannot be restored even though there is no breakage in the paths on both nodes. 302444 Double counting of statistics occurs when PowerPath is registered as physical disk in the AIX platform.x for AIX (1 of 2) Found in version 5. It was also noticed that the reservation was cleared in spite of the return value being displaying a failure status. 304363 In an issue pertaining to PowerHA (HACMP) two node setup.0 5. This results in not being able to import a disk group.0 5. 297320 (EMC knowledgebase Solution emc204166) On a shared LUN between two VIO servers.3 SP1 5.Fixed problems Table 1 on page 7 lists the fixed problems in PowerPath 5.3 SP1 5.3 SP1 5. the lspath output for a VIO client booting off of a vscsi disk seen by both VIO servers has one of its paths in a failed state.0 5. 298945 A reservation was placed on a LUN and subsequently an attempt was made to clear that reservation.3.3 SP1 Description 313582 Poor performance of a kernel trace and excessive use of CPU by the pp2def process. 295592 (EMC knowledgebase Solution emc203275) Clearing a reservation on a LUN in a VCS cluster results in clearing the reservation but throws an error return 16 where 0 is expected.3 SP1 5. 5. all the target paths fail. Table 1 Fixed problems in PowerPath 5.3.3.0 5.3.0 5.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 7 . It is observed that the paths that remain dead belong to hdiskpower devices holding the filesystems resource groups.3 SP1 5.3 SP1 5.3. 296425 For a dual-VIO server setup.0 5. attempts to activate the volume on the second VIO server result in no valid volume descriptor being found even when the reserve_lock policy for the hdiskpower device as well as that of the hdisks comprising the hdiskpower device was set to no_reserve. 298565 After upgrading to a higher version of PowerPath (Higher than the existing 5.3 SP1 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.3 SP1 5.0 version).3.

0 MP3 is installed.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes . on Hitachi arrays. the pprootdev fix and emcpassive2active scripts will hang if the PowerPath boot device (for example. (The latency threshold value is set with the powermt set path_latency_threshold command. 239297 System boot time doubles when Veritas 4.3.1 installed.1 5. 269656 PowerPath does not send messages to the AIX log file when the path latency threshold value is exceeded. This issue is also documented in IBM APAR IZ01711. 235871 When you enter a value for powermt set path_latency_threshold that is invalid. CLARiiON) has trespassed. 240836. This issue is also documented in EMC Knowledgebase Solution emc192629. 255430 powermt unmanage dev=<native_device> gives multiple warning messages when the PowerPath license is missing or expired.1. This is due to an AIX 5.3.1 5. • To workaround this issue: Press Ctrl-C to stop the script. Do one of the following: • To resolve this issue install AIX 5.3 AIX 5.3 5. 283585 Oracle CRS (Cluster Ready Services) scripts fail to run on Hitachi arrays with PowerPath 5. which is spawned by these two scripts.3 limitation of bosboot.1 5. and then trespass the boot device back to its default setting.3 5.3.5.2 VxVM 5. 5.1 SP1 5.0 patch that contains the fix. 256084 If using PowerPath with AIX 5.3 TL 07 AIX 6.0 or ask Symantec for a Veritas 4. an error message appears.3 8 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.2 5.0 Fixed in version 5. upgrade to Veritas 5.3 TL 07 or AIX 6. To resolve.) This issue is also documented in EMC Knowledgebase Solution emc176399.3 4.x for AIX (2 of 2) Found in version 5. This issue is also documented in EMC Knowledgebase Solution emc191287.0 5. causes path failures in PowerPath. but the message does not include the range of acceptable values.1 to Oracle DBA (Database Administrator). Messages should appear when the threshold is exceeded. Do not run bosboot after the script hangs or before restoring the boot device.Fixed problems Table 1 Fixed problems in PowerPath 5.3 AIX 5.3 SP1 Description 257584 Ability to clone to an ALUA device failed because ALUA does not support SCSI2 reservation.0 5. 282723 Changing root ownership in PowerPath 5.

Hitachi Lightning. IBM ESS. EMC CLARiiON. can operate optimally. and networked storage components that are tested and compatible with both EMC storage systems and third-party storage systems. consult the following resources: ◆ Section entitled "Before You Install" in the EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. The EMC EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.3 Installation and Administration Guide. EMC E-Lab Interoperability Navigator Provides detailed information about the hardware. The Important Information About PowerPath SE document (available on Powerlink) provides information about the PowerPath version that ships in CLARiiON Utility Kits. This section includes the following topics: ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ “Interoperability information” on page 9 “Host configuration” on page 11 “Supported HBAs and drivers” on page 12 “Storage array configuration” on page 15 “Connectivity requirements” on page 16 PowerPath 5. software. Interoperability information Before you install PowerPath. EMC Host Connectivity Guide for IBM AIX (CLARiiON and Symmetrix systems only). Hitachi TagmaStore. and includes notes that are not found in other sources. HP StorageWorks XP. EMC Invista.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 9 . including PowerPath. EMC E-Lab Interoperability Navigator. ◆ ◆ These resources will help you configure an environment in which all components. and HP StorageWorks EVA storage systems. or whenever you make changes to the host or storage environment where PowerPath operates.Environment and system requirements Environment and system requirements This section describes where to find interoperability and host configuration information.3 host-based software operates with EMC Symmetrix.

or the HBA. ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ The information in the following sections is accurate at the time of publication. information about qualified hardware and software is revised and published monthly in the E-Lab 10 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. operating system revisions. EMC Host Connectivity Guide for IBM AIX (CLARiiON and Symmetrix systems only). EMC E-Lab Interoperability Navigator. The EMC E-Lab Interoperability Navigator. which is updated every month. HBAs. ◆ EMC Host Connectivity Guide (EMC storage arrays) Describes the features and setup procedures for AIX host interfaces to EMC Symmetrix and CLARiiON systems. searchable database configurator. you should consult these resources before you undertake any of the following common system or network management tasks: ◆ Upgrade or change the host OS. However. ◆ ◆ In addition. and connectivity devices. The PDFs and Guides tab (within the E-Lab Interoperability Navigator) lets you view support information in Adobe PDF format. since changing any system component can change the way PowerPath manages storage paths. Change the storage network zoning or device assignments. consult the: ◆ Section entitled "Before You Install" in the EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. is published at the Powerlink website and available in two formats: ◆ The EMCLink E-Lab Navigator (formerly ESN Builder) link is a web-based. Change components (for example. Change or replace an HBA type.) Change the model of the system that hosts PowerPath.3 Installation and Administration Guide. Host connectivity guides are updated quarterly and are published on the Powerlink website. switches) of your network configuration.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes . (Refer specifically to the Application Software chapter for your storage system model.Environment and system requirements E-Lab Interoperability Navigator describes supported host models. Change the array or storage system connected to the host. Before you install PowerPath. or adapter cable on the system that hosts PowerPath.

2009) VIO server (32 and 64-bit) 1.10 SP7 • 6.1 TL1 SP3 (6100-03-01-0921) requires iFix IZ57216.5 a.3 TL10 SP1 (5300-10-01-0921) requires iFix IZ53813. information in the E-Lab Interoperability Navigator or host connectivity guide for AIX supersedes the information in these sections.1 TL1 SP3 PowerPath 5.3 (32 and 64-bit) • 5.1 PowerPath 5.3 SP1 • 6. Host configuration Table 2 shows supported operating systems.epkg.Z TL10 SP5 (APAR IZ11719) AIX 5. Table 3 Disk space required to install PowerPath File system or directory / (root) /usr /tmp Minimum space requirements 5 MB 174 MB 5 MB EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 11 . Table 3 on page 11 shows the minimum free disk space requirements for installing PowerPath.Z • 5.090810. Refer to the E-Lab Interoperability Navigator for the most -up-to-date information. You can obtain these fixes from the IBM website or your IBM representative.3 TL6 SP10 • 5.2 (32 and 64-bit) • TL10 SP5 (APAR IZ11719) • TL10 SP7 (Available January.3 • 6. Note: In the event of discrepancies.10 SP7 • 6. Table 2 Operating system support Minimum supported packages and filesetsa Supported operating system AIX 6.090807.5 1.3 TL6 SP10 AIX 5.Environment and system requirements Interoperability Navigator and quarterly in the EMC Host Connectivity Guide for IBM AIX.epkg.

3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes . The EMC Host Connectivity Guide for IBM AIX on Powerlink provides more information on ODM attributes the Fast Fail feature. For Fibre Channel switched environments only. Run reboot or shutdown -Fr to restart the host. enable the adapter driver fast_fail feature as follows: chdev -l fscsix -a fc_err_recov=fast_fail -P 2. firmware. Note that the HBA model. Heterogeneous configurations (managing different storage arrays through a single HBA) have been tested and qualified with all supported EMC and third-party storage arrays.Environment and system requirements If you are booting off a PowerPath device: ◆ You may need to extend the hd5 partition to avoid bosboot problems. 12 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. To configure the ODM attributes: 1. A swap space twice that of the physical memory is recommended. In addition to changing the fc_err_recov ODM attribute. and APARs specified in “PowerPath boot device requirements” on page 15 or the workaround described in that section. the num_cmd_elems should also be added chdev -l fcsx -a num_cmd_elems=2048 -P For NDU it is recommended to enable following two attributes for all native devices along with fc_err_recov=fast _fail and num_cmd_elems=2048 lsattr -El hdisk3 | egrep "clr_q|q_err" clr_q no Device CLEARS its Queue on error True q_err yes Use QERR bit True Supported HBAs and drivers Consult the E-Lab Interoperability Navigator for HBA models and driver versions supported with EMC and third-party storage systems. as described in “Extending the hd5 partition” on page 14. and firmware must be supported on each of these arrays. PowerPath requires either the hardware. driver. ◆ ◆ Configuring specific ODM attributes EMC recommends setting certain Object Data Manager (ODM) attributes to enable enhanced error recovery during certain failover scenarios.

obj 7. Search for IBM AIX EVA 3.. This driver can be downloaded from the Cambex website. 3. Using Cambex HBAs With PowerPath installed. PowerPath does not support the HP-provided driver. Follow this procedure to install the AIX EVA platform kit and remove the HP-provided driver: 1. This is the version required for PowerPath.10. Before you install the version 2. Go to the HP website.23. Type: lslpp –L PC1000. Install the Cambex AIX 5 FCP driver. 6. Run the INSTALL script to install the SP driver and the EVA device ODM.10.23. 2. EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. 4.5.obj Note the 2. Type: installp –u PC1000. Follow the instructions downloaded with the driver.tar file and unpack it in a local directory.Environment and system requirements Note: Enter the lscfg -vpl fcsX command (where X is the adapter number) and verify the output shows the following variable is set to 3: Device Specific.driver. Follow the installation instructions provided for the driver. This is the HP-provided driver.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 13 ..5.x). Follow the instructions provided for the driver..3.. Verify installation of the new driver.0 version of the driver.driver.. 9.(ZM). Cambex PC2000LC HBAs require the AIX 5 FCP driver. 8. Type: lslpp –L PC1000.0F Platform Kit.. you must install the AIX EVA platform kit.5.driver. Install the latest FCP driver (version 2..10.x driver. 5. and then remove the HP-provided driver (HP StorageWorks Secure Path driver version 1. Download the aix_v3. Locate the HP-provided driver.5.0).obj Note the 1.5.x version of the driver. Remove the HP-provided driver.

remove hd5 and create it again by typing: 1. 3. the two PP are not contiguous: 1–1 used outer edge hd5 boot N/A 13–13 used outer edge hd5 boot N/A To make the PP contiguous. the output is similar to this: 1–1 used outer edge hd5 boot N/A If you do not extend hd5. Remove the old driver. Type: rmdev -Rdl fscsiX 2. with the following message: 0301–161 bosboot: dd failed to copy boot image 0301–165 bosboot: WARNING! System not bootable The following procedure explains how to extend hd5 from one PP to two PP. Extending the hd5 partition For an AIX Bundle Installation or a full install. some bosboot problems might arise. type: extendlv hd5 1 The two hd5 PP must be contiguous. To check the number of PP. If there is only one PP. In the following example.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes . Install the new driver. you should extend the hd5 partition in the following cases: ◆ ◆ The system disk is less or equal to 4 GB. To extend the hd5 partition.obj to the most recent version: 1.Environment and system requirements Upgrading a Cambex driver To upgrade a Cambex PC1000. extend hd5 with a new PP. The PP size is less than 8 MB and the number of hd5 PP is equal to one. Follow the instructions provided with the driver.driver. If the bosboot command still fails with two PP. until the bosboot command succeeds. rmlv –f hd5 14 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. Remove the HBA’s devices and any child devices. type: lspv –p <hdiskX>| grep –i boot where <hdiskX> is rootvg. following the same procedure.

It is possible to have these packages installed on the host alongside PowerPath but you must unmanage the appropriate device class in PowerPath in order to have devices managed by these third-party products.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes . mklv –y hd5 –t boot –u2 rootvg 2 hdiskX 3. HP StorageWorks Secure Path or HP StorageWorks AutoPath XP Virtual Array. however. refer to your vendor’s documentation. lspv –p hdiskX | grep –i boot In the following example. The EMC Host Connectivity Guide for IBM AIX provides information on setting up connections for Symmetrix and CLARiiON systems. type: bosboot –a –d /dev/ipldevice PowerPath boot device requirements Refer to the E-Lab Interoperability Navigator for boot support requirements. Symmetrix storage systems If your environment includes Symmetrix storage systems. the two PP are contiguous: 162–163 used outer middle hd5 boot N/A After modifying the hd5 partition. PowerPath cannot co-manage devices with third-party path management software. Note: PowerPath can coexist with third-party path management software such as Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager (HDLM). refer to the following: ◆ A problem with Symmetrix Enginuity 5x68 and 5x69 prevents PowerPath for AIX from recovering path state. Troubleshooting If you install PowerPath on Power4-based server without the required firmware and APAR. you must uninstall PowerPath from maintenance mode. IBM Subsystem Device Driver (SDD). For information on setting up connections for third-party storage systems. and then apply the required fixes.Environment and system requirements 2. To avoid this problem: 15 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. Refer to the E-Lab Interoperability Navigator on Powerlink for supported EMC and third-party storage systems and firmware versions. Storage array configuration Before you install PowerPath. set up connections between a storage system and a host.

• If you run 5x68 code.130. select your storage system type. apply minimum version 5669. referred to as PowerPath SE. provides additional information on the CLARiiON configurations supported by PowerPath SE. The Important Information About PowerPath SE document. then use the Attach server link (CX4 systems) or the Install link (all other systems) to generate step-by-step instructions.90 or later is required.42. refer also to: ◆ EMC Host Connectivity Guide for IBM AIX. refer to the CLARiiON storage-system support website (www. ◆ Note: CLARiiON customers receive PowerPath with the CLARiiON Utility Kits that ship with CLARiiON CX. For information on when to install PowerPath on a host attached to a CLARiiON storage system. For more information. available on the Powerlink website.com\clariionsupport). This patch fixes an issue where the vxfentsthdw utility fails while testing a SCSI-3 persistent reservation enabled LUN.19. now apply fix 19491. CLARiiON storage systems If your environment includes CLARiiON storage systems. refer to OPT 283266.Environment and system requirements • If you run 5x69 code.and CX3-series storage systems. Fix 16710 is available by special request only. which provides basic information about the features and setup procedures for host interfaces to CLARiiON systems.emc. Connectivity requirements The E-Lab Interoperability Navigator provides information about the requirements for Fibre Channel and switched fabric configurations and components that can be used with PowerPath. 16 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. From the home page. you do not need 19491. This version of PowerPath. ◆ With Symmetrix Enginuity 5773 and VxVM. Symmetrix patch 5773. contact your EMC Customer Support Representative and refer to OPT 136739. For more information. provides basic failover for single HBA host configurations without the use of a license key. and you have already applied fix 16710.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes . If you have not applied 16710.

The failover mode of all the LUNs belonging to that storage group doesn't align to the proper failover mode. 1 node hangs during the LLT configuration stage.3 for AIX (1 of 4) Found in version 5. Known problems in Version 5.0 is installed and configured in a 2 node cluster. 314617 When CLARiiON LUNs of a storage group are put in mixed lun mode. workaround.3 SP1 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. The details are as follows: • Required Patch for LLT: vcs-aix-5. Using incorrect settings can cause erratic failover behavior or extended response time for system I/O. their supporting firmware versions.Known problems and limitations Note: Install HBAs. and other network components using the manufacturer’s directions and the settings specified in the E-Lab Interoperability Navigator. Known problems and limitations This section describes known problems in PowerPath 5.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 17 . 5. Workaround Install the LLT patch. and version in which the problem was discovered. an error is not logged.3 for AIX. Do a reboot the host after changing the failover mode.0+e1274390_lltpatches.rte.3 for AIX. “Troubleshooting and getting help” on page 28 provides additional information on accessing Issue Tracker.tar • Patch includes: VRTSllt. This section covers the following topics: ◆ ◆ “Known problems” on page 17 “Limitations” on page 20 Known problems Table 4 on page 17 shows problems in PowerPath 5. It displays the "LLT link down" error message and the system goes to state from where even dump could not be initiated. Each table indicates the problem description. You can view a complete list of known problems for PowerPath online using E-Lab Issue Tracker on Powerlink.3 SP1 Table 4 Description 315125 When VCS 5.bff.

Workaround Upgrade to Solutions Enabler 7. changes to active after clearing the PV of that device.3. 5.5 installed. Add the following line to daemon_options file in the config directory.3 for AIX (2 of 4) Found in version 5. results in an error message logged by EV_AGENT (Navisphere agent).epkg. storapid:parallel_inquiry _size = 0 2. 5.Z • pmr51014.Z • pmr51014. 306964 For Symmetrix V-MAX arrays.epkg. SYMAPI_WAIT_ON_LOCKED_GK = ENABLE 3. 5.3 SP1 A manual restore operation is required in such cases.3 SP1 308614 Running the powermt config command for the first time after a fresh installation of PowerPath.090917. 5.3 SP1 None. It is observed that both normal and diagnostic open are failing with EACCES. None.3.to remove ghost paths.3 SP1 18 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. 304891 Ghost path was seen on boot of LUN in AIX 6.0 1. Add the following line to the options file in SYMCLI configuration directory. This operation results in an EACCES being returned. 309247 Host crash occurred while executing powermt config on a host with HACMP v5.Z Stop (before installing PowerPath) and re-start the Naviagent after installing PowerPath to avoid seeing the error message.3 SP1 Update powermt check force .1 with PowerPath 5. Please refer to Solutions Enabler 7.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes .090428.Known problems and limitations Table 4 Known problems in Version 5. The VRAID bit will have to be turned OFF (from the array side) per volume level through symmwin in order to be able to see the 'classic' BCV device features (such the BCV LUNs showing up as DEFINED on an AIX host).0 Installation Guide for details on editing the daemon_options and options files. 5. Restart the Symmetrix daemons. 308403 The mode for the paths of a device set to standby. This causes the path to be marked dead. all devices will be displayed as VRAID devices and this will configure all the devices into the ‘Available’ state.3 SP1 Description 312290 The syminq command is opening the native and pseudo devices.1 install would trespass all LUNs owned by SPB to SPA. The following patches are required: • e849-61TL3.epkg. The opening of the pseudo device would in turn open the native devices under that. 307539 A new AIX host integration followed by a fresh PowerPath 5.090424.

This occurs because the CLARiiON FLARE version does not support SCSI2 reservations. 2.4 over 4.1.5.5.1 SP1 Description 271837 PowerPath may be improperly re-trying commands from the Symmetrix DMX array.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 19 .mobility EMCpower. but the PowerPath Volume Manager filesets are installed.5.3 over PowerPath 4. Restore the devices to their previous controller by running powermt restore.mobility EMCpower.4.1 and a Symmetrix storage system. 215001 The powermt config command causes some EVA LUNs to trespass to another controller. If a host hang does occur. 4.28.3 SP1 Run powermt restore.000. Workaround None Upgrade to FLARE 04.000.ppvm EMCpower. 223532 Installation of PowerPath 4.vcsagent The empty filesets are removed. once activated. a PowerPath boot device.1 223329 In a PowerPath environment with AIX 5. If you installed PowerPath 4.5. 4. 4. EMC Knowledgebase Solution emc72902 provides a more detailed description and a solution.5.Known problems and limitations Table 4 Known problems in Version 5.704 fails. 240996 On CLARiiON arrays. LUN ownership does not restore after rebooting the host.1 installp -u EMCpower.0 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. EMC announced EOSL (End of Service Life) for PowerPath Volume Manager with the release of PowerPath 4. 257584 Ability to clone to an ALUA device from CLARiiON arrays with a FLARE version earlier than 04. 223719 Very rarely an AIX host whose boot disk and paging space reside on a CLARiiON array may experience a hang during a CLARiiON NDU.3 for AIX (3 of 4) Found in version 5.28.5.ppvm EMCpower.3 or later over PowerPath 4. EMC testing revealed the frequency of AIX hangs under heavy I/O load was less than 1 in 1000 NDUs. Install PowerPath 4.5.1: 1. may continue to boot from the underlying hdisk rather than from the pseudo device.0 for AIX. 5.704 or later.5. Type: installp -u EMCpower.5.0. 4. type: 4.1 fails. reboot the host to restore array access.1 If you installed PowerPath 4.1 Reducing I/O load for the AIX host before a CLARiiON NDU reduces the chance of the hang occurring.vcsagent The empty filesets are removed. while the over-provisioned data pool is full.5.4.

epkg. You can download the eFix at: ftp://service. Then.3 and 6.2. • PowerPath 5. NDU is supported on hosts that do not boot from a CLARiiON disk. ◆ Support for CLARiiON ALUA is as follows: • PowerPath 5. – With AIX 5.3 SP1: – Supports ALUA with AIX 5. ALUA is supported on hosts that do not boot from a CLARiiON disk. 212025 Cloning a rootvg after you boot from a PowerPath device may generate this error message: 0301-154 bosboot: missing proto file: /usr/lib/boot/network/chrp. On hosts that do boot from a CLARiiON disk. • PowerPath 5. NDU is supported if fewer than 256 LUNs per Storage Group are configured. ◆ Support for non-disruptive upgrades (NDU) of CLARiiON storage array software is as follows: • PowerPath 5. 20 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. On hosts that do boot from a CLARiiON disk.Z Workaround None.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes .software.1.2.0 Description 214601 Uninstalling PowerPath from a Veritas Volume Manager 4.1. Veritas has an eFix that addresses this issue. ALUA is supported if fewer than 256 LUNs per Storage Group are configured.com/aix/efixes/thrp gio/IY69539.hdiskpower.3 and 6.3 for AIX (4 of 4) Found in version 4. redo the clone.3 does not support ALUA.0 MP1 setup causes a host crash.3 SP1: – Supports NDU with AIX 5. rather than a pseudo device.3 supports NDU only with the PAR failover mode. This limitation also applies with the PAR failover mode.proto Run pprootdev fix to set the boot device to be a native device.5.Known problems and limitations Table 4 Known problems in Version 5. – With AIX 5.ibm.5.0 Limitations The following limitations apply to PowerPath for AIX. 4.

◆ ◆ ◆ On an AIX 5. OPT 256084 in Table 4 on page 17 provides additional information. 2. If this problem occurs.3. • On hosts running AIX 5. Run /usr/sbin/emcpassive2active whenever a trespass occurs. When a trespass occurs in a CLARiiON environment. VxVM 5.0 is the latest supported version. This may be caused by the IBM ODM driver. run /usr/sbin/emcpassive2active. if the AIX swap device is stored on a CLARiiON LUN.3 SP1 support with Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM) has the following limitations: • VxVM is not supported with Symmetrix systems running Enginuity version 5773. required for PowerPath to complete a trespass operation.1. is swapped out of memory. such as VxVM 5. To do so. In this situation. Change to the directory /pub/elab/aix/ODM_DEFINITIONS/. VxVM is not supported. To install the driver: 1.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 21 .com and log in as anonymous. you must manually trespass the LUN to the available SP and reboot the host. EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. your system may hang if all paths to the active SP are lost and the AIX code. FTP to ftp. the inq command returns an incorrect Symmetrix ID for native devices (but not for pseudo devices) after PowerPath is installed.2 or AIX 5. This is required for PAR mode and not applicable for ALUA.EMC. using your email address as your password.Known problems and limitations ◆ PowerPath 5. bosboot will succeed. To avoid this problem. run rmdev -l hdiskpowerX instead. • On hosts running AIX 6.3 host attached to a Symmetrix system. a passive interface becomes the active interface.3 and 5. ◆ In rare cases. Run rmdev -dl hdiskpowerX to unconfigure a PowerPath pseudo device removes persistent device mapping information. are not supported. which populates the inquiry data page correctly. Note: On AIX 5.0 MP3. As a workaround.3 only. To run bosboot after a trespass run /usr/sbin/emcpassive2active. bosboot will fail unless you transfer the rootvg PVID to the newly active interface. a trespassed CLARiiON boot device will hang if you run emcpassive2active and pprootdev. Later versions. Once you run the command. install the EMC ODM driver.

Get the appropriate compressed tar file containing the EMC ODM fileset for your system. 22 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. The XML data is compatible with that viewed through tools such as PowerPath powermt and Symmetrix syminq. (EMC E-Lab Navigator can help you determine the ODM fileset version required for your system. includes more information on the emcpadm command line utility for importing and exporting in XML format. Uncompress and untar the file. exports and imports pseudo device name and logical unit data in XML format.5 to the current 5. follow the instructions in the ReadMe file. The EMC PowerPath Family CLI and System Messages Reference Guide. Then.) 4. available on Powerlink. The emcpadm utility is available for PowerPath versions 4. emcpadm. Technical notes The Technical notes section includes the following topics: ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ “emcpadm command line utility” on page 22 “Stream I/O policy” on page 23 “Management Daemon using SNMP” on page 23 “HP StorageWorks controller and port names” on page 23 “CLARiiON failover mode values” on page 24 “PowerPath licenses in a CLARiiON AX and CX configuration” on page 24 “ALUA failover mode for CLARiiON arrays” on page 25 ◆ emcpadm command line utility The PowerPath command line utility.Technical notes 3. The importing and exporting of mapping data in non-XML format is limited to the arrays supported by PowerPath.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes .x version and supports importing and exporting of Symmetrix and CLARiiON array device data as well as that of third-party arrays.

available on Powerlink.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 23 . PowerPath port numbers are one digit lower than Command View EVA port numbers. HP StorageWorks controller and port names PowerPath identifies controllers A and B exactly as Command View EVA does. a load balancing policy that is configured through powermt. The EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. The management daemon supports SNMPv1.Technical notes Stream I/O policy PowerPath 5. such as a path going dead. Stream I/O can improve the performance of small I/Os (for example. an application sending sequential I/Os down the same device). Management Daemon using SNMP The PowerPath Management Daemon provides an event and alerting mechanism for multipathing events listed in the /etc/emc/emcp_mond. Table 5 HP StorageWorks controller and port names Command View EVA name A-1 A-2 B-1 B-2 PowerPath name A-0 A-1 B-0 B-1 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. The EMC PowerPath Family CLI and System Messages Reference Guide. These SNMP traps are viewable through an SNMP manager and display alerts based on filtering criteria. includes more information on the management daemon using SNMP. includes procedures for setting the policy using the powermt command. Names are mapped as shown in Table 5 on page 23.3 supports Stream I/O.conf file.3 Installation and Administration Guide.

If the failover mode is set to PNR a system log message is displayed stating that PNR is not recommended. In a configuration with both CLARiiON AX and CX arrays. Not supported with PowerPath. PNR is not recommended with PowerPath for AIX. Supported with all PowerPath platforms. 4 asymmetric logical unit access (ALUA) Not supported with PowerPath 5. 24 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. PAR is the recommended failover mode for PowerPath for AIX. PowerPath does not display a warning about the missing license for the CX array.3 SP1 for AIX is the first version to support ALUA. However. This behavior may be unexpected as PowerPath does display a missing license warning when connected to CX arrays when no AX array is present. refer to the CLARiiON documentation. only the AX array has full PowerPath functionality. For more information about array failover modes.3 and earlier.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes .3 SP1 and later. PowerPath licenses in a CLARiiON AX and CX configuration When running PowerPath without a license on a host attached to both CLARiiON AX and CX arrays. ensure a valid license is present for the CX array by entering emcpreg -list. PowerPath 5. 2 3 Dynamic Multipathing (DMP) passive always ready (PAR) Supported with PowerPath for AIX.3 and earlier for AIX. Note: For CLARiiON NDU. PAR is required with PowerPath 5.Technical notes CLARiiON failover mode values Table 6 on page 24 describes failover mode values and compatibility with PowerPath platforms. Table 6 CLARiiON failover mode settings Mode 0 1 Name LUN based trespass passive not ready (PNR) Support Not supported with PowerPath. Without a license. though limitations with ALUA may apply. the CX array will not have failover support. ALUA or PAR are supported with NDU. With PowerPath 5.

Documentation ALUA failover mode for CLARiiON arrays Asymmetric logical unit access (ALUA) mode is a failover mode available with CLARiiON FLARE Operating Environment version 03. and is configured through the CLARiiON Navisphere GUI or CLI. To suppress the display: ◆ Set the PP_SHOW_ALUA_FAILOVER_MODE environment variable to false. The failover mode setting applies to a server’s HBA ports. EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. if the paths to SP A are dead. Suppressing the failover mode display You can ensure compatibility with existing scripts by suppressing the failover mode display.26 and later and PowerPath 5. the array will trespass the LUN. After ample I/O has gone down paths to SP B. The PowerPath Product Guide and the CLARiiON documentation contain more information about ALUA. assume that the default owner of the LUN is SP A.3 SP1 for AIX and later. SP A and SP B). A new Array failover mode field appears in powermt output (in powermt display dev) when PowerPath is managing CLARiiON arrays. In the case of operation in the PAR mode. a host reboot is required for PowerPath to recognize the change. In a scenario where two storage processors exist (that is. The following example uses Bourne shell syntax: PP_SHOW_ALUA_FAILOVER_MODE=false export PP_SHOW_ALUA_FAILOVER_MODE Documentation This section provides a list of the documentation that supports PowerPath for AIX. Note: After changing devices to ALUA mode. Thus. This implies that the LUN is not trespassed thereby leading to SP A continuing to be the owning SP. In the ALUA mode. the owning SP would be SP B as a result of an explicit trespass initiated by PowerPath at the host bootup/powermt config phase.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 25 . PowerPath can manage to send the I/O via the active paths to SP B. PowerPath trespasses the LUN when all paths to the owning SP are dead.

3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes . PowerPath 5. Related documentation If your environment includes Symmetrix storage systems.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes The following documents describe the PowerPath Migration Enabler software: ◆ ◆ EMC PowerPath Migration Enabler User Guide EMC PowerPath Migration Enabler Release Notes Electronic versions of all PowerPath manuals are available on the Powerlink website.3 for AIX documentation set. planning. These manuals are updated periodically. and troubleshooting documents.3 Product Guide EMC PowerPath Family CLI and System Messages Reference Guide EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. available on Powerlink. located on the AX-series support website. If your environment includes CLARiiON storage systems.2 and 5.3 for AIX documentation set Part number 300-006-627 300-008-343 300-008-341 300-008-342 Name EMC PowerPath Family Version 5. Refer only to these documents for prescribed installation information when using AX-series storage systems. and the updated manuals are posted on the Powerlink website. refer to the EMC host connectivity guides. The latest versions of CLARiiON CX-series documentation are available on the Powerlink website. For information on accessing the site. refer to the support documentation that shipped with your storage system. EMC Navisphere Manager Administrator’s Guide ◆ ◆ 26 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.Documentation PowerPath documentation Table 7 Table 7 on page 26 lists the PowerPath 5. CLARiiON AX-series installation. refer to the following manuals: ◆ ◆ EMC host connectivity guides EMC Installation Roadmap for CLARiiON Storage Systems.3 Installation and Administration Guide EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.

3 for AIX software is distributed on a CD. In cases where a software release is not eligible for Extended Support.3 SP1 PowerPath 5.3 SP1 is available for download from the Powerlink website. and is available on Powerlink.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 27 . organization. which specifies product support and maintenance under Continuous Coverage Product Maintenance (CCPM). To access these documents on Powerlink. EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. Powerlink contains a list of documents that provide end-of-service and extended support information for PowerPath and other EMC software and hardware products. and files ◆ Important Information About PowerPath SE. Once a software product reaches EOSL. The PowerPath 5.Software media. P/N 053-002-202. select Support > Interoperability and Product Lifecycle Information > Release and End of Life Dates. EMC Technical Support is no longer available under base support/maintenance agreements. EOSL is followed by an Extended Support period during which customers may elect to pay an additional fee to extend their support coverage rather than migrate to a current software version. terms still apply. Note: This policy is in effect for select releases and will be phased in as new versions are made available. If your environment includes other vendors’ storage systems.3 PowerPath 5. End of service dates and extended support EMC has a standard software support duration policy which specifies that a major version will reach End of Service Life (EOSL) a minimum of 36 months following the General Availability (GA). refer to the appropriate documentation from your vendor. organization. Software media. This document contains information about the PowerPath version that ships in CLARiiON Utility Kits. PowerPath 5. Customers interested in uninterrupted support must upgrade to a current release or contract for Extended Support (ES). and files This section describes the contents of the PowerPath for AIX software packages. the previous policy.

3 SP1.EMC.5.x or later to PowerPath 5.3 Installation and Administration Guide includes complete instructions on installing PowerPath.3.AIX.3 Installation and Administration Guide.0. Troubleshooting and getting help EMC support. Files added by installation Appendix A.3 Installation and Administration Guide.Installation The PowerPath 5.3 and service pack releases. For the new user To install PowerPath 5.5. You can also upgrade directly from PowerPath 4." in the EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes . follow the upgrade instructions in the EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. "Files Changed by PowerPath Installation. or for information about EMC products.tar. Upgrading from a previous revision To upgrade to PowerPath 5. lists the files modified or added by PowerPath installation. release notes. product.x or later to PowerPath 5.3. follow the instructions in the EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. software updates.gz — Compressed tar file that contains the PowerPath package. licensing. go to the EMC Powerlink website (registration required) at: http://Powerlink.3 for AIX CD has the following structure: ◆ ◆ /UNIX/AIX — Contains all files in the PowerPath package. You can upgrade directly from PowerPath 4. Installation The EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. and licensing information can be obtained as follows: Product information—For documentation. /UNIX/AIX/EMCPower.5. and service.3 Installation and Administration Guide.3.com 28 EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5.

3. along with any other supporting material.3 and Service Pack Releases Release Notes 29 . To open a case on EMC WebSupport. You can download emcgrab from the Powerlink website.Troubleshooting and getting help Technical support—For technical support. Reporting a problem If you find a problem in PowerPath 5. Refer to the emcgrab ReadMe. on Powerlink select Support > Interoperability and Product Lifecycle Information> E-Lab Issue Tracker Information > E-Lab Issue Tracker. which collects system and software configuration information. you must be a WebSupport customer. Workarounds for existing bugs. run the emcgrab utility. Submit the generated tar file. Information about your site configuration and the circumstances under which the problem occurred is required. To access EMC E-Lab Issue Tracker. To obtain service packs on Powerlink. ◆ This database is updated regularly between scheduled releases and service pack releases. Service packs and upgrades—You can download PowerPath service pack software from Powerlink. EMC PowerPath for AIX Version 5. EMC E-Lab Issue Tracker — EMC E-Lab Issue Tracker is an application that allows you to search for known problems and defects in EMC software. and whether those service packs have any additional installation prerequisites. select Support > Software Downloads and Licensing > Downloads P-R > PowerPath for UNIX. Select Support > Product and Diagnostic Tools > Grab Utilities. to EMC Customer Support.txt file on Powerlink for prerequisite information and instructions on using the utility. Determine which service packs (if any) you want to install after PowerPath. go to EMC WebSupport on Powerlink. You can use Issue Tracker to find: ◆ Descriptions of PowerPath bugs existing on any PowerPath-supported host platform.

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