Sun Cluster 3.1 With Network-Attached Storage Devices Manual for Solaris OS


This manual provides procedures specific to supporting network-attached storage (NAS) systems placed in a Sun Cluster environment. Sun Cluster supports NAS devices, for shared storage only, beginning with version 3.1 9/04. It supports NAS devices as quorum devices beginning with version 3.1 8/05. Use this manual with Sun Cluster 3.1 software on both SPARC® and x86 based systems.

Note –

In this document, the term “x86” refers to the Intel 32-bit family of microprocessor chips and compatible microprocessor chips made by AMD.

Sun Cluster software runs on two platforms, SPARC and x86. The information in this document pertains to both platforms unless otherwise specified in a special chapter, section, note, bulleted item, figure, table, or example.

In this document, references to Oracle Real Application Clusters also apply to Oracle Parallel Server unless otherwise stated.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is for Sun representatives who are performing the initial installation of a Sun Cluster configuration and for system administrators who are responsible for maintaining the system.

This document is intended for experienced system administrators with extensive knowledge of Sun software and hardware. Do not use this document as a planning or presales guide. You should have already determined your system requirements and purchased the appropriate equipment and software before reading this document.

How This Book Is Organized

This book contains one chapter with the following major sections:

Requirements, Recommendations, and Restrictions for Network Appliance NAS Devices lists limitations of your use of NAS storage devices in a Sun Cluster environment.

Installing a Network Appliance NAS Device in a Sun Cluster Environment contains the procedure about installing NAS storage devices in a Sun Cluster environment.

Maintaining a Network Appliance NAS Device in a Sun Cluster Environment contains procedures about maintaining NAS storage devices in a Sun Cluster environment.

Revision History

The following table lists the information that has been revised or added since the initial release of this documentation. The table also lists the revision date for these changes.

Table P–1 Sun Cluster 3.1 With Network-Attached Storage Devices Manual for Solaris OS Revisions

Revision Date 

New Information 

June 2006 

Added the requirement for package SUNWzlib (see Requirements, Recommendations, and Restrictions for Network Appliance NAS Devices). Added steps in How to Install a Network Appliance NAS Device in a Cluster.

December 2005 

Added the requirement that NAS quorum devices must be on the local network. See Requirements When Configuring NAS Devices as Quorum Devices.

Related Books

The following books provide conceptual information or procedures to administer hardware and applications. If you plan to use this documentation in a hardcopy format, ensure that you have these books available for your reference.

The following Sun Cluster books support the Sun Cluster 3.1, 2004, and 2005 releases. If you are maintaining a different version of Sun Cluster software, refer to the appropriate documentation. All Sun Cluster documentation is available at

Documentation that is not available at is listed with the appropriate URL.

Documentation specific to the Network Appliance filer is listed in Related Third-Party Web Site References.

Table P–2 Sun Cluster Documentation




Sun Cluster Concepts Guide for Solaris OS


Sun Cluster Overview for Solaris OS

Hardware administration 

Sun Cluster 3.0-3.1 Hardware Administration Manual for Solaris OS

Individual hardware administration guides 

Software installation 

Sun Cluster Software Installation Guide for Solaris OS

Data service administration 

Sun Cluster Data Services Planning and Administration Guide for Solaris OS

Individual data service guides 

Data service development 

Sun Cluster Data Services Developer’s Guide for Solaris OS

System administration 

Sun Cluster System Administration Guide for Solaris OS

Error messages 

Sun Cluster Error Messages Guide for Solaris OS

Command and function reference 

Sun Cluster Reference Manual for Solaris OS

Release Notes 

Sun Cluster 3.1 8/05 Release Notes for Solaris OS

Sun Cluster 3.0-3.1 Release Notes Supplement

Related Third-Party Web Site References

Note –

Sun is not responsible for the availability of third-party web sites mentioned in this document. Sun does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials that are available on or through such sites or resources. Sun will not be responsible or liable for any actual or alleged damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services that are available on or through such sites or resources.

When installing or maintaining a Network Appliance filer in a Sun Cluster environment, access the site. Search for the documents that are listed in the following table for device-specific instructions.

Table P–3 Network Appliance Clustered-Filer Documentation


Network Appliance Document 

Setting up a NAS device 

System Administration File Access Management Guide

Setting up a LUN 

Host Cluster Tool for Unix Installation Guide

Installing ONTAP software 

Software Setup Guide, Upgrade Guide

Exporting volumes for the cluster 

Data ONTAP Storage Management Guide

Installing NAS support software packages on cluster nodes 

Log in to From the Software Download page, download the Host Cluster Tool for Unix Installation Guide.

Using UNIX Commands

This document contains information about commands that are used to install, configure, or upgrade a Sun Cluster configuration. This document might not contain complete information about basic UNIX® commands and procedures such as shutting down the system, booting the system, and configuring devices.

See one or more of the following sources for this information:

Getting Help

If you have problems installing or using Sun Cluster, contact your service provider and provide the following information.

Use the following commands to gather information about your system for your service provider.



prtconf -v

Displays the size of the system memory and reports information about peripheral devices 

psrinfo -v

Displays information about processors 

showrev -p

Reports which patches are installed 

prtdiag -v

Displays system diagnostic information 

/usr/cluster/bin/scinstall -pv

Displays Sun Cluster release and package version information 

Also have available the contents of the /var/adm/messages file.

Documentation, Support, and Training

Sun Function 




Download PDF and HTML documents, and order printed documents 

Support and Training

Obtain technical support, download patches, and learn about Sun courses 

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes that are used in this book.

Table P–4 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

Perform a patch analysis.

Do not save the file.

[Note that some emphasized items appear bold online.] 

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–5 Shell Prompts



C shell prompt 


C shell superuser prompt 


Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt 


Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt 


Product Training

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