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SV3200 Best Practise setting up ISCSI initiator and MPIO

 
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SV3200 Best Practise setting up ISCSI initiator and MPIO

After repairing the SV3200 with a new Storage Controller NodeB-SC1, HPE Support advised to remove the VIP from the Management Group and direct attach the server iscsi nics to the VS3200 Bond0 NICS, as according to HPE support there is a known issue with the VIP on the VS3200.

We are running 13.6.00.024..0 with patches: 136-004-00, ‎6‎-‎9‎-‎2018‎ ‎14‎:‎20‎:‎58; 136-005-00, ‎6‎-‎9‎-‎2018‎ ‎14‎:‎36‎:‎44; 136-007-00, ‎6‎-‎9‎-‎2018‎ ‎16‎:‎35‎:‎47; 100-017-00, ‎6‎-‎9‎-‎2018‎ ‎16‎:‎03‎:‎46; 136-001-00, ‎6‎-‎9‎-‎2018‎ ‎13‎:‎40‎:‎45; 136-006-00, ‎6‎-‎9‎-‎2018‎ ‎15‎:‎14‎:‎27; 136-003-00, ‎6‎-‎9‎-‎2018‎ ‎13‎:‎29‎:‎36.

The system is currently a clean install and I am testing it. We have a 3 node FOC with 4 iscsi nics per node. I have currently connected them to the BondO IP adresses but I am seeing these events::

Windows

System event ID 20 error iScsiPrt Connection to the target was lost. The initiator will attempt to retry the connection.

System event ID 1 error iScsiPrt Initiator failed to connect to the target. Target IP address and TCP Port number are given in dump data.

System Event ID 46 MPIO Path 77030028 was removed from \Device\MPIODisk6 due to a PnP event. The dump data contains the current number of paths.

VS3200

E000E0101:EID_ISCSI_TRANSPORT_LINK_STATUS_DOWN - Events - StoreVirtual

Event E000E0101_EID_ISCSI_TRANSPORT_LINK_STATUS_DOWN Severity Warning Type Status Object iSCSI Link Storage pool NEMSP02 Storage system NEMHSA02A-SC2
Description
  • The iSCSI port on 'NEMHSA02B-SC2' is DOWN, iSCSI communication on this storage system is down.

 

E00000B01:EID_ISCSI_TARGET_DATA_ACCESS_STATUS_DEGRADED - Events - StoreVirtual

Event E00000B01_EID_ISCSI_TARGET_DATA_ACCESS_STATUS_DEGRADED Severity Warning Type Status Object Management Group Storage pool NEMSP02 Storage system NEMHSA02A-SC2
Description
  • There are DOWN iSCSI ports on target 'NEMMG02'

 

E00060500:EID_S_FAILOVER_STATUS_FAILED_OVER - Events - StoreVirtual

EID_S_FAILOVER_STATUS_FAILED_OVER

Today 5:28:27 pm2018-11-15T16:28:27Z

System

Storage controller 'NEMHSA02B-SC2' is failed over.

 
Event E00060500_EID_S_FAILOVER_STATUS_FAILED_OVER Severity Warning Type Status Object Storage Server Storage pool NEMSP02 Storage system NEMHSA02A-SC2
Description
  • Storage controller 'NEMHSA02B-SC2' in storage pool 'NEMSP02' is failed over.

 

E00060207:EID_S_SERVER_STATUS_DOWN_NV - Events - StoreVirtual

EID_S_SERVER_STATUS_DOWN_NV

Today 5:28:27 pm2018-11-15T16:28:27Z

System

Storage system 'NEMHSA02B-SC2' status = 'Down'.

 
Event E00060207_EID_S_SERVER_STATUS_DOWN_NV Severity Warning Type Status Object Storage Server Storage pool NEMSP02 Storage system NEMHSA02A-SC2
Description
  • The storage system 'NEMHSA02B-SC2' status in storage pool 'NEMSP02' is 'Down'.

 

It eventually comes back up. My problem is that NodeB-SC1 was replaced and now I am seeing this on the NodeB-SC2. According to the supplier that installed it, they had to replace a controller also before getting it to work in this node.

I do not want to bring it back into production as I saw some really erratic system behavior when the degraded system (NodeB-SC1 down, failed over to NodeB-SC2 before the repair) was under load during back-ups, bringing down Windows 2012 server nodes, and VMs. 

Is there a best practise for setting up ISCSI initiators without the VIP? 

And to test it to make sure it is working properly?

TIA,

Fred

 

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Re: SV3200 Best Practise setting up ISCSI initiator and MPIO

 

Checked this morning the logs, FOC no cluster events, system more iScsiPrt errors so I wanted to login to the SV3200.

No luck, all 4 Bond0 IP adresses are not responding.

 

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Re: SV3200 Best Practise setting up ISCSI initiator and MPIO

HI, 

It appears, that there was a controller replacement on the Sv3200.

Usually there could be down iSCSI transport ports, which may need to be removed manually, since they still point to the old controller.

Also, if this is a scaled out system, that is two SV3200 in a cluster, its is best to use the VIP as the storage target in the host/server.

Otherwise, you can use the 4 x Bond0 IPs as the storage targets for a single unit.

The VIP issue was resolved with the 13.6 upgrades.

However, if a controller is randomly going down, we have to check the logs to see what going on.

For MPIO, for a Windows host, it is recommended to use Windows native MPIO. The windows events that you have mentioned, points to a controllers going offline for sometime or its ports flapping, which we can confirm after checking the logs.

Or call us at the HPE support number for assistance. : : 1-800-633-3600.

regards,

Sudip