Solaris SAN Configuration and Multipathing Guide


The Solaris SAN Configuration and Multipathing Guide provides an overview of the Sun StorageTekTM Traffic Manager software as an integrated part of the Sun SolarisTM 10 Operating System (OS). This guide includes instructions about how to install and configure the software and devices.

This guide is intended for system, storage and network administrators who create and maintain Fibre Channel (FC) storage area networks (SANs) and serial attached SCSI (SAS) Domains. A high level of expertise in the management and maintenance of SANS and SAS Domains is assumed.

Before You Read This Document

Before you read this book, read the latest Solaris 10 Operating System Release Notes.

How This Document Is Organized

Chapter 1, Product Overview provides an overview of the Sun StorageTek Traffic Manager software.

Chapter 2, Fibre Channel Configuration Overview provides an overview of configuring the Sun StorageTek Traffic Manager software.

Chapter 3, Administering Multipathing Devices Through mpathadm Commands explains how to use the mpathadm command to enable multipathing administration through the ANSI standard Multipath Management API.

Chapter 4, Configuring Multipathing Softwareexplains how to configure the multipathing feature for FC devices provided in the Solaris 10 OS.

Chapter 5, Configuring SAN Devices provides high level overviews of the steps used to configure SAN devices.

Chapter 6, Configuring SAS Domainsprovides high-level overviews of the steps used to configure SAS domains.

Chapter 7, Configuring IPFC SAN Devices explains considerations when configuring IPFC SAN Devices.

Chapter 8, Sun Solaris 10 Update 6 x86/x64 Fibre Channel Operating System Booting Proceduredescribes how to manually install the Solaris 10 OS, x86/x64 FC Operating System.

Chapter 9, Persistent Binding for Tape Devicesdescribes how you can specify tape binding in the Solaris 10 OS while retaining the benefits of automatic discovery for disk-based devices.

Appendix A, Manual Configuration for Fabric-Connected Devicesexplains Manual configuration for Fabric Connected Devices.

Appendix B, Supported FC-HBA APIprovides details on Supported FC-HBA API.

Appendix C, Multipathing Troubleshootingprovides trouble shooting information for potential problems that might occur while you run the Sun StorageTek Traffic Manager software.

Using UNIX Commands

This document might not contain information about basic UNIX® commands and procedures such as shutting down the system, booting the system, and configuring devices. Refer to the following for this information:

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Typographic Conventions

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

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions





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



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.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

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

Table P–2 Shell Prompts



C shell 


C shell for superuser 


Bourne shell and Korn shell 


Bourne shell and Korn shell for superuser