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Clariion CX, CX3, CX4 – How to add Storage Capacity to Attached Host

December 15th, 2008 No comments

This article outlines how to add storage capacity to your storage system. You may have already performed some of the steps. See the appropriate procedure for your operating system.

Microsoft Windows

1. If needed, add new drives to the storage system.

2. If needed, create a hot spare using Navisphere Manager.

3. If needed, create an additional RAID group on the drives using Navisphere Manager.

4. Create (bind) additional LUNs on the RAID group using Navisphere Manager.

5. Assign the new LUNs to the server using Navisphere Manager.

6. Verify that the new LUNs were assigned to the server using Navisphere Manager.

7. On the server, verify that the server has access to the LUNs:

a. On the Windows desktop, right-click My Computer and click Manage.

b. In the left pane of the Computer Management dialog box, double-click on the storage icon.

c. Click Disk Management.

d. Verify that the LUNs that you added are listed in the right pane.

8. Start or restart the Navisphere Host Agent to push the server’s LUN mapping and operating system information to the storage system.

9. On the server, start PowerPath and verify that PowerPath sees all of the paths to the LUN.

Linux

1. If needed, add new drives to the storage system.

2. If needed, create a hot spare using Navisphere Manager.

3. If needed, create an additional RAID group on the drives using Navisphere Manager.

4. Create (bind) additional LUNs on the RAID group using Navisphere Manager.

5. Assign the new LUNs to the server using Navisphere Manager.

6. Verify that the LUNs were assigned to the server using Navisphere Manager.

7. On the server, verify that all LUNS have entries in the /proc/scsi/scsi/ directory.

8. On the server, verify that each LUN has an entry in the appropriate HBA file:

· For QLogic HBAs, the entry is in proc/scsi/qlaxxx/hba_number

· For Emulex HBAs, the entry is in /proc/scsi/lpfc/hba_number

9. On the server, verify that the failover software recognizes all of the paths to the LUNs.

For example, for PowerPath, verify that PowerPath recognizes all of the paths to the LUNs using the powermt command: powermt display dev=all class=clariion

10. Partition the LUN and then create and mount a file system to make the LUN available to the operating system.

11. Run the Navisphere Host Agent to push the server’s LUN mapping and operating system information to the storage system.

12. Save the failover configuration.

For example, for PowerPath, save the PowerPath configuration using the powermt save command.

13. On the server, verify that the server and failover software sees all of the paths to the LUN.V

For example, for PowerPath, verify the configuration using the powermt display command.

Novell NetWare

1. If needed, add new drives to the storage system.

2. If needed, create a hot spare using Navisphere Manager.

3. If needed, create an additional RAID group using Navisphere Manager.

4. Create (bind) additional LUNs on the RAID group using Navisphere Manager.

5. Assign the new LUNs to the server using Navisphere Manager.

6. Verify that the new LUNs were assigned to the server using Navisphere Manager.

7. On the server, verify that the PowerPath failover software recognizes all of the paths to the LUNs. Use the powermt command:

powermt display dev=all class=clariion

7. Create NSS or NWFS partitions or volumes on the LUNs.

8. Make the LUNs available to the operating system; on the LUNs create and mount NetWare NWFS volumes or NetWare NSS partitions or volumes.

9. Restart Navisphere Agent.

10. Save the PowerPath failover configuration using the powermt save command.

Clariion CX, CX3, CX4 – Settings for Dailup PPP into the Clariion machines

December 15th, 2008 No comments

To be able to setup the IP address, domain security, etc in many cases you have to Dailup into the Clariion SP using a PPP connection.

For dialing into the Clariion using Symmremote or any other remote dial in software, you will need to use the Dialup PPP connection first.

Please see below how to create the connection.

Control Panel
Phone and Modem Options
Under the Modems tab, click on Add
Don’t select my modem, i will select it from a list
The Add/Remove Hardware Wizard will open up, select Standard Modem Type
Under Models, Select Communications Cable between two computers
Select your port example, Com1, Com2 or if you are using USB based serial cable you might want to use Com6, Com7.
Finish

Now you need to Setup Dialup Networking

Control Panel
Network and Dialup Connections
Create a new Connection
Using the Network Connection Wizard, select Guest
Select the Communications between two computers
Com Port you just created or used above
You can create this for all the users
Name your connection
Under Modem Configurations, click on Maximum Speed and select 115200, Enable Hardware Flow Control
Close
Under the networking tab, your PPP should appear select Type of dial-up server I am calling
Click Settings
Enable LCP Extensions
Enable software compression
Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Click on Properties
Obtain IP address automatically
Obtain DNS Server address automatically
Under the Advanced Tab, Use IP header compression
Deselect Use Default Gateway on remote network
Ok
Close

Happy Clariion DIALING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IBM Tape Drives – Entry Level

December 14th, 2008 No comments

IBM Entry Level Tape Drives

TS2230: 1 Drive, 1 Cartridge, Encryption No , WORM enabled, 400GB, LVD SCSI
TS2240, 1 Drive, 1 Cartridge, Encryption Yes, WORM enabled, 800GB, LVD SCSI
3580, 1 Drive, 1 Cartridge, Encryption No , WORM enabled, 800GB, LVD SCSI
TS2340, 1 Drive, 1 Cartridge, Encryption Yes, WORM enabled, 800GB, LVD SCSI

The above are the Entry Level Tape Drives.

Most of them can be attached to IBM P Series, i Series, x Series, MS Windows, HP UX, Sun Solaris, Linux. All new drives come with 3 years of Warranty.

EMC Symmetrix and DMX Serial Numbers

December 13th, 2008 2 comments

You always wondered how EMC comes up with these serial numbers for your Symmetrix and DMX Machines.

If your machine serial number starts with HK (it means it was manufactured in Hopkinton, MA) and for most of the international customers if it starts with CK (it means it was manufactured in Cork, Ireland).

With the DMX Series of machines, EMC has introduced two new manufacturing centers (TN and SA).

There are still machines starting with HK and CK that will be shipped internationally and vice versa.

  • The serial number HK would always have a 1 following it.
  • The serial number CK would always have a 2 following it.
  • The serial number TN would always have a 2 following it.
  • The serial number SA would always have a 2 following it.

Here is the Symmetrix and DMX Serial Numbering Convention.

  • Symmetrix 3.0, 1/2 cabinet: HK18160xxxx
  • Symmetrix 3.0, 1 cabinet: HK18150xxxx
  • Symmetrix 3.0, 3 cabinet: HK18140xxxx
  • Symmetrix 4.0, 1/2 Cabinet: HK18260xxxx
  • Symmetrix 4.0, 1 cabinet: HK18250xxxx
  • Symmetrix 4.0, 3 cabinet: HK18240xxxx
  • Symmetrix 4.8, 1/2 cabinet: HK18360xxxx
  • Symmetrix 4.8, 1 cabinet: HK18350xxxx
  • Symmetrix 4.8, 3 cabinet: HK18370xxxx
  • Symmetrix 5.0, 1 cabinet: HK18450xxxx
  • Symmetrix 5.0, 3 cabinet: HK18470xxxx
  • Symmetrix 5.5, 1 cabinet: HK18550xxxx
  • Symmetrix 5.5, 3 cabinet: HK18570xxxx

The DMX Serial numbers still need more research because its hard to find a trend with the numbering convention on it.

  • DMX800: HK18790xxxx
  • DMX1000-S: HK18740xxxx
  • DMX1000-P: HK18746xxxx
  • DMX2000-S: HK18770xxxx
  • DMX2000-P: HK18776xxxx
  • DMX3000: HK18788xxxx
  • DMX3000-M2:HK18789xxxx
  • DMX3: HK19010xxxx
  • DMX4: HK19110xxxx

It is very important that you Service processor Serial Number is exactly similar to that of the Symmetrix / DMX Serial Number (As defined in the BIN FILE). If both these serial numbers are different, your basic symcfg discover commands will fail.

Your actual hardware Symmetrix / DMX Serial Number can still be different than the Serial number defined in the BIN file, since the BIN file serial number takes precedence.

The find your Symmetrix / DMX Serial Number look at the front and back of the Symmetrix on the top, the number should begin with HK or CK or TN or SA.

To find your Symmetrix / DMX Serial Number from the service processor, run E7,CF or you can also try to run symcfg discover or syminq from the service processor via SYMCLI located C:\Program Files\EMC\Symclibin. One option before running this, you can delete the file located on the service processor called symapi_db.bin located C:\Program Files\EMC\Symapidb. During the symcfg discover process, this file will be recreated. The logs if this operation fails can be found at C:\Program Files\EMC\Symapilog.

It is very important you do not change your Symmetrix / DMX Serial number since the FA WWN are determined using the last two digits of your actual Serial Number. If you change this, all the WWN’s will change causing your FA’s, Disk WWN etc to all change. As far as my knowledge, this can only be changed through a BIN FILE change.