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1.  Solaris I/0 Multipathing Overview

2.  Configuring Solaris I/O Multipathing Features

3.  Configuring Fabric-Connected Devices

4.  Configuring Oracle Solaris iSCSI Initiators

5.  Configuring SAS Domains

6.  Configuring IPFC SAN Devices

7.  Booting the Oracle Solaris OS From Fibre Channel Devices on x86 Based Systems

8.  Persistent Binding for Tape Devices

A.  Manual Configuration for Fabric-Connected Devices

B.  Supported FC-HBA API

C.  Troubleshooting Multipathing-Related Problems



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 Operating System. This guide also includes step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring 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 10 Operating System (OS) release notes.

How This Document Is Organized

Provides an overview of the Solaris I/O multipathing features.
Describes how to configure the multipathing feature for FC devices. In addition, describes how to display multipathed device information and to enable multipathing failback support by using the mpathadm command.
Provides the steps for configuring FC devices.
Provides steps for configuring iSCSI initiators.
Provides steps for configuring 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.
Lists supported FC-HBA APIs.
Provides troubleshooting 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 UNIX system prompts and superuser prompts for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. In command examples, the shell prompt indicates whether the command should be executed by a regular user or a user with privileges.

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