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Consider the following guidelines for using Solaris iSCSI multipathed (MPxIO) devices:
Solaris iSCSI and MPxIO – MPxIO supports target port aggregation and availability in Solaris iSCSI configurations that configure multiple sessions per target (MS/T) on the iSCSI initiator.
Use IPMP for aggregation and failover of two or more NICs.
A basic configuration for an iSCSI host is a server with two NICs that are dedicated to iSCSI traffic. The NICs are configured by using IPMP. Additional NICs are provided for non-iSCSI traffic to optimize performance.
Active multipathing can only be achieved by using the Solaris iSCSI MS/T feature, and the failover and redundancy of an IPMP configuration.
If one NIC fails in an IPMP configuration, IPMP handles the failover. The MPxIO driver does not notice the failure. In a non-IPMP configuration, the MPxIO driver fails and offlines the path.
If one target port fails in an IPMP configuration, the MPxIO driver notices the failure and provides the failover. In a non-IPMP configuration, the MPxIO driver notices the failure and provides the failover.
For information about configuring multiple sessions per target, see How to Enable Multiple iSCSI Sessions for a Target. For information about configuring IPMP, see Part V, IPMP, in Oracle Solaris Administration: IP Services.
Solaris iSCSI, Fibre-Channel (FC), and MPxIO – The MPxIO driver provides the following behavior in more complex iSCSI/FC configurations:
If you have dual iSCSI to FC bridges in an FC SAN, iSCSI presents target paths to MPxIO. MPxIO matches the unique SCSI per LUN identifier, and if they are identical, presents one path to the iSCSI driver.
If you have a configuration that connects a target by using both iSCSI and FC, the MPxIO driver can provide different transports to the same device. In this configuration, MPxIO utilizes both paths.
If you are using iSCSI and FC in combination with MPxIO, make sure that the MPxIO settings in the /kernel/drv/fp.conf file and the /kernel/drv/iscsi.conf files match the MPxIO configuration that you want supported. For example, in fp.conf, you can determine whether MPxIO is enabled globally on the HBA or on a per-port basis.
Third-party hardware considerations– Find out if your third-party HBA is qualified to work with Solaris iSCSI and MPxIO.
If you are using a third-party HBA, you might need to ask your third-party HBA vendor for the symmetric-option information for the /kernel/drv/scsi_vhci.conf file.
This procedure can be used to create multiple iSCSI sessions that connect to a single target. This scenario is useful with iSCSI target devices that support login redirection or have multiple target portals in the same target portal group. Use iSCSI multiple sessions per target with Solaris SCSI Multipathing (MPxIO). You can also achieve higher bandwidth if you utilize multiple NICs on the host side to connect to multiple portals on the same target.
The MS/T feature creates two or more sessions on the target by varying the initiator's session ID (ISID). Enabling this feature creates two SCSI layer paths on the network so that multiple targets are exposed through the iSCSI layer to the Solaris I/O layer. The MPxIO driver handles the reservations across these paths.
For more information about how iSCSI interacts with MPxIO paths, see Setting Up Solaris iSCSI Multipathed Devices.
Review the following items before configuring multiple sessions for an iSCSI target:
A typical MS/T configuration has two or more configured-sessions.
However, if your storage supports multiple TPGTs and if you are using SendTarget discovery on your host system, then the number of configured sessions can be set to 1. SendTarget discovery automatically detects the existence of multiple paths and multiple target sessions are created.
Confirm that the mxpio configuration parameter is enabled in the /kernel/drv/iscsi.conf file.
# cd /kernel/drv # grep mpxio iscsi.conf iscsi.conf:mpxio-disable="no";
Confirm that the multiple network connections are configured by using IPMP.
Confirm that the multiple network connections are available.
# ifconfig -a
initiator# iscsiadm list initiator-node Initiator node name: iqn.1986-03.com.sun:01:0003ba4d233b.425c293c Initiator node alias: zzr1200 . . . Configured Sessions: 1
initiator# iscsiadm list target-param -v iqn.1992-08.com.abcstorage:sn.84186266 Target: iqn.1992-08.com.abcstorage:sn.84186266 Alias: - . . . Configured Sessions: 1
The configured sessions value is the number of configured iSCSI sessions that will be created for each target name in a target portal group.
The number of sessions for a target must be between 1 and 4.
Apply the parameter to the iSCSI initiator node.
initiator# iscsiadm modify initiator-node -c 2
Apply the parameter to the iSCSI target.
initiator# iscsiadm modify target-param -c 2 iqn.1992-08.com.abcstorage:sn.84186266
Bind configured sessions to one or more local IP addresses.
Configured sessions can also be bound to a specific local IP address. Using this method, one or more local IP addresses are supplied in a comma-separated list. Each IP address represents an iSCSI session. This method can also be done at the initiator-node or target-param level. For example:
initiator# iscsiadm modify initiator-node -c 10.0.0.1,10.0.0.2
Note - If the specified IP address is not routable, the address is ignored and the default Solaris route and IP address is used for this session.
initiator# iscsiadm list initiator-node Initiator node name: iqn.1986-03.com.sun:01:0003ba4d233b.425c293c Initiator node alias: zzr1200 . . . Configured Sessions: 2
initiator# iscsiadm list target-param -v iqn.1992-08.com.abcstorage:sn.84186266 Target: iqn.1992-08.com.abcstorage:sn.84186266 Alias: - . . . Configured Sessions: 2