Managing SAN Devices and Multipathing in Oracle® Solaris 11.2

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Updated: December 2014

FC Device Configuration Overview

This section provides a high level overview of the tasks for configuring Solaris I/O multipathing features for FC devices.

The following table lists the configuration tasks, a description of each task, and the reference information where you can find related procedures.

Table 1-1  Tasks for Configuring Multipathed FC Devices
Configuration Task
Task Description
Reference Information
Enable multipathing features
Multipathing is enabled as follows:
  • By default, for FC devices on x86/x64 platforms

  • By manual configuration on SPARC platforms

  • By manual configuration for SAS devices

Configure FC devices
In the Oracle Solaris OS, FCAL, fabric, and point-to-point connected devices are made available to the host.
Configure virtual FC ports
You can configure N Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) ports, which is especially useful for virtualization environments.
Set up FC boot device
Solaris I/O multipathing features enable a Solaris server to boot from a fabric device.
Configure IPFC SAN devices
You can configure host recognition of IPFC devices and implementation of IP over FC in a SAN. Configuration of IPFC depends on the instance of the Fabric Port (FP) driver for the FC adapter ports.
Configure SAS devices
In the Oracle Solaris OS, multipathing of SAS devices is supported.