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Configuring MSA1000 (active/active) with MPIO

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Configuring MSA1000 (active/active) with MPIO

Hi all,

Follow the enviroment specifications:

1 MSA1000 (active/active mode)
1 DL380 with one HBA model FCA2214
1 SAN Switch 2/8 (the optional kit of MSA1000)

Questions :

How can I do the zone to this configuration ?

If I do the HBA zone to both ports of MSA1000 I need the MPIO (basic mode)?

How the failover process work ?

tks in advance
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Jefferson Humber
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Re: Configuring MSA1000 (active/active) with MPIO

Luciano,

You can't currently do Active/Active with the MSA1000..... unless you are running some special beta firmware there ?

Jeff
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Luk Vandenbussche
Honored Contributor

Re: Configuring MSA1000 (active/active) with MPIO

You don't need zoning if you have only one server connected to you MSA.
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: Configuring MSA1000 (active/active) with MPIO

> If I do the HBA zone to both ports of MSA1000
> I need the MPIO (basic mode)?

That would be an invalid configuration.

A single Fibre Channel adapter port must not have access to both MSA controllers and a single MSA controller must not be accessed by multiple Fibre Channel adapter ports from a single server.
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Re: Configuring MSA1000 (active/active) with MPIO

Uwe Zessin,

I don´t understood the issues about MSA x SAN, so how can I do a valide configuration ?

tks in advance
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: Configuring MSA1000 (active/active) with MPIO

Luciano,

according to your description, you have:
- one MSA1000 with two controllers
- one DL380 with a single-port Fibre Channel adapter (FCA)
- one Fibre Channel switch
-- I assume this is an external switch which
-- does not plug into the rear of the MSA box

You can:
1) run single path by connecting the FCA and the MSA's controller-1 (right one if you are looking at the front) to the Fibre Channel switch. By default, controller-1 is the active one.

or
2) add another FCA to the server and connect both FCAs and both MSA controllers to the same switch, but you need to set up zoning in the switch so that the rules are met.

or
3) add another FCA and a second Fibre Channel switch. Connect one FCA and one MSA controller to one switch; the other FCA and MSA controller to the second switch.
In this case you don't need to set up zoning and you have the highest availability.

In case 2) and 3) you are using a multipath environment so you need a multipath filter in the operating system. For Windows, you can download the "basic MPIO for MSA" for free.
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Re: Configuring MSA1000 (active/active) with MPIO

Uwe Zessin,

tks for your explanations.

I have a doubt :

In example 1 ---

I will have just one path from HBA to MSA (controller 1 on right position). If I lost this controller, I will lost the connection to LUN ?

tks in advance

Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor
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Re: Configuring MSA1000 (active/active) with MPIO

Yes. Single-path is only suggested for non-critical environments where some downtime does not matter.
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Re: Configuring MSA1000 (active/active) with MPIO

very, very tks

My doubt was resolved.