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HPUX 11iv3 - change in SAN boot device

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Tom Haddad
Super Advisor

HPUX 11iv3 - change in SAN boot device

Soon we will be implementing new enterprise fiber switches thus the rediscovery of SAN devices on my HPUX hosts.

Few of the hosts utilize SAN boot devices.


Can someone point me to general steps/document that walks thru boot process (EFI) to discover/boot from new device?

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Re: HPUX 11iv3 - change in SAN boot device



Just as a quick reply, if you have hpux 11.31 OS installed, you can just boot the OS and the self healing feature will let you boot, without problems.


If you are using 11.23 or 11.11(I imagine you are not if you are asking about efi), you will need to boot the servers in lvm manteinance mode, and fix the disk new paths(import the vg,lvlnboot,etc).




Most HP Integrity servers implement default device scanning policies that work well with fibre channel
without needing modification



Because fibre channel SANs can contain many potential boot devices, it is necessary to use an appropriate
EFI device scanning policy, when booting an HP Integrity server which is connected to a SAN. The intent of
the device scanning policy is to allow a fibre channel EFI driver to find a fibre channel boot device, yet still
allow the scanning process to complete in a reasonable amount of time.
Most HP Integrity servers implement default device scanning policies that work well with fibre channel
without needing modification. For example, the server’s default policy might start a single EFI driver, which
is attached to a known boot path. If the system is booting from a SAS internal disk, for example, the server
would not start the fibre channel EFI driver. Another way that an HP Integrity server can speed the boot
process is to pass the known boot path directly to the EFI driver. The EFI driver then only needs to search
the SAN for that particular target and LUN.
In most cases, the server’s default EFI device scanning policy should not need modification to work properly
with host bus adapters supported by the fclp HP-UX driver. In certain cases, it is useful to expand the EFI 
driver’s device scanning policy:

When you want to use the EFI shell to access an EFI disk partition attached to a host bus adapter.

When your system is experiencing boot failures and you want to ensure that the EFI driver is scanning
the device.

When you are using an HP Integrity server that does not support a default scanning policy suitable for
discovering the boot device.
For adapters supported by the fclp HP-UX driver, you change the EFI driver’s device scanning policy using
the Emulex SCSI Pass Thru Driver configuration menus.
Modifying the Scanning Policy
1. To view the Emulex driver handle information, type at the EFI shell prompt:
A list of drivers is displayed.
2. Write down the driver handle associated with the Emulex SCSI Pass Thru Driver. The first column,
labelled DRV, lists the driver handles.
3. Enter the drvcfg -s <driver handle> command. For example, if the driver handle is 20 (your driver
handle may be different):
fs0:>drvcfg -s 20
4. Information is displayed, listing all of the HBAs in the system. Your listing will vary depending upon how
many HBAs are installed in the system.
5. Using the arrow keys, locate the HBA that you want to configure and select (i.e., highlight) the row and
6. Select (highlight) the Setup Utility option and press
7. Select (highlight) the Configure Boot Parameters option and press
8. Select (highlight) the Boot Target Scan option and press



Windows?, no thanks
Tom Haddad
Super Advisor

Re: HPUX 11iv3 - change in SAN boot device

qood information..thanks