Error Code details
Severity: Error 
Component: Volume Manager 
Unexpected internal error -- Cannot get the system's hostid.

This message is displayed when the hostid entry in the /etc/vx/volboot file is corrupted. Possible reasons are:


  • A disk group is moved or migrated from one host to another, and the hostid entry is not updated accordingly.
  • The hostid entry in the file is deleted.


Veritas solutions
Solution 1 Vote: [Useful] [Not useful]
Last Modified: 2013-03-28 07:14:09 PDT
Platform: Generic
Release: 6.0

This solution is applicable to all rhel and sles platforms.


To solve the problem, correct the hostid entry:

  1. Enter:

# hostname

You’ll find the current hostid from the output.


  1. Enter:

vxdctl hostid hostid


If the problem persists, manually reinitialize the volboot file according to the host-specific values by entering:

# vxdctl init


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