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Accessing Smart Array 5300 with MSA_UTIL?

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Accessing Smart Array 5300 with MSA_UTIL?

Is it possible to access a Smart Array 5300 controller with MSA_UTIL (VMS 8.3 IA64)?

If I run MSA_UTIL I can see the controller with a "SHOW CONTROLLERS" command:

Adapter: _PKC0:
Smart Array 5300 (c) COMPAQ P23130YFFNF49H Software 3.58
SCSI_VERSION = X3.131:1994 (SCSI-2)
Supported Redundancy Mode:
Not currently Redundant
Current Role: Active
Cache:
24 megabyte read cache 24 megabyte write cache
Cache is Expand operation queued up or in progress, and Cache is disabled.
No unflushed data in cache.
Battery:
Battery is fully charged.

but if I attempt to "SET CONTROLLER" I get an error:

MSA> SET CONTROLLER _PKC0:
Could not find a matching controller.

(various other permutations of PKC0 with and without underscores and colons return the same response)

I can acess it via WBEM anc the ACUEXE utility, but a command line interface would often be more convenient.
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Karl Rohwedder
Honored Contributor
Solution

Re: Accessing Smart Array 5300 with MSA_UTIL?

According to the help-topic 'Overview' a 5300 controller is supported, at least on alpha.
I have only Sa6400 controllers to check and this works as expected. But: On alpha the MSA utility has been embedded in a FIBRE_SCSI patch and been renamed to MSA$UTIL on SYS$SYSTEM.
Did you use this version or an older one from SYS$ETC?

regards Kalle
EdgarZamora
Trusted Contributor

Re: Accessing Smart Array 5300 with MSA_UTIL?

Karl is right. You need to install the Fibre-scsi patch (which also requires update-0500) and use msa$util instead of msa_util.

SOURCE> run sys$etc:msa_util
MSA> show cont
A default controller is not set. All matching controllers displayed

Adapter: _PKC0:
Smart Array 5300 (c) COMPAQ P62520CDAQ42AG Software 3.56
SCSI_VERSION = X3.131:1994 (SCSI-2)
Not currently Redundant
Current Role: Active
(No redundant controller installed)
Cache:
56 megabyte read cache 56 megabyte write cache
Cache is GOOD, and Cache is enabled.
No unflushed data in cache.
Battery:
Battery is fully charged.
MSA> set cont pkc0:
Could not find a matching controller.
MSA> Exit
SOURCE> run sys$system:msa$util
MSA> show contr
A default controller is not set. All matching controllers displayed

Adapter: _PKC0:
Smart Array 5300 (c) COMPAQ P62520CDAQ42AG Software 3.56
SCSI_VERSION = X3.131:1994 (SCSI-2)
Supported Redundancy Mode:
Not currently Redundant
Current Role: Active
Cache:
56 megabyte read cache 56 megabyte write cache
Cache is GOOD, and Cache is enabled.
No unflushed data in cache.
Battery:
Battery is fully charged.
MSA> set cont pkc0:
MSA> sho contr

Adapter: _PKC0: (DEFAULT)
Smart Array 5300 (c) COMPAQ P62520CDAQ42AG Software 3.56
SCSI_VERSION = X3.131:1994 (SCSI-2)
Supported Redundancy Mode:
Not currently Redundant
Current Role: Active
Cache:
56 megabyte read cache 56 megabyte write cache
Cache is GOOD, and Cache is enabled.
No unflushed data in cache.
Battery:
Battery is fully charged.
MSA> Exit
SOURCE>
Anton Walter
Occasional Advisor

Re: Accessing Smart Array 5300 with MSA_UTIL?

Hello!

Could it be, that you need more privileges to set than to show?

Anton Walter
Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: Accessing Smart Array 5300 with MSA_UTIL?

Malcolm,

using MSA$UTIL to access the Smart Array 5300, 6400 and P400 is documented in the V8.3-1H1 Release Notes (Chapter 4).

This utility is also included in VMS83I_FIBRE_SCSI-V0600 as a new feature.

Volker.

Re: Accessing Smart Array 5300 with MSA_UTIL?

thanks to all. I installed the lastest VMS Update kit (which includes the FIBRE_SCSI patch and I got the MSA$UTIL program, which works with this controller.

Re: Accessing Smart Array 5300 with MSA_UTIL?

see above