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1.  Solaris I/0 Multipathing Overview

2.  Fibre Channel Multipathing Configuration Overview

3.  Configuring Solaris I/O Multipathing Features

4.  Administering Multipathing Devices (mpathadm)

5.  Configuring SAN Devices

6.  Configuring Virtual Fibre Channel Ports

7.  Configuring FCoE Ports

8.  Configuring SAS Domains

9.  Configuring IPFC SAN Devices

10.  Booting the Solaris OS From Fibre Channel Devices on x86 Systems

11.  Persistent Binding for Tape Devices

A.  Manual Configuration for Fabric-Connected Devices

B.  Supported FC-HBA API

C.  Troubleshooting Multipathed Device Problems



The Oracle Solaris Administration: SAN Configuration and Multipathing provides an overview of the Solaris I/O multipathing features, previously known as the SunStorageTek Traffic Manager software, as an integrated part of the Oracle Solaris 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, review the latest Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System (OS) release notes.

How This Document Is Organized

Provides an overview of the Solaris I/O multipathing features.
Provides an overview of configuring Solaris I/O multipathing features.
Describes how to configure the multipathing feature for FC devices.
Describes how to use the mpathadm command to enable multipathing administration through the ANSI standard Multipath Management API.
Provides high level overviews of the steps used to configure SAN devices.
Provides the steps used to configure N Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) ports, also known as virtual Fibre Channel ports.
Provides the steps used to configure FCoE ports hosted on normal Ethernet interfaces.
Provides high-level overviews of the steps used to configure SAS domains.
Describes the considerations when configuring IPFC SAN Devices.
Describes how to manually install the Oracle Solaris OS on x86 based systems.
Describes how you can specify tape binding in the Oracle Solaris OS while retaining the benefits of automatic discovery for disk-based devices.
Describes the manual configuration for Fabric Connected devices.
Provides trouble shooting information for potential problems that might occur while you use Solaris I/O multipathing features.

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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 shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. Note that the default system prompt that is displayed in command examples varies, depending on the Oracle Solaris release.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts

Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell
Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell for superuser
C shell
C shell for superuser