Symantec logo

DMP in a clustered environment

  Note   You need an additional license to use the cluster feature of VxVM.

In a clustered environment where Active/Passive type disk arrays are shared by multiple hosts, all nodes in the cluster must access the disk via the same physical path. Accessing a disk via multiple paths simultaneously can severely degrade I/O performance (sometimes referred to as the ping-pong effect). Path failover on a single cluster node is also coordinated across the cluster so that all the nodes continue to share the same physical path.

Prior to release 4.1 of VxVM, the clustering and DMP features could not handle automatic failback in A/P arrays when a path was restored, and did not support failback for explicit failover mode arrays. Failback could only be implemented manually by running the vxdctl enable command on each cluster node after the path failure had been corrected. In release 4.1, failback is now an automatic cluster-wide operation that is coordinated by the master node. Automatic failback in explicit failover mode arrays is also handled by issuing the appropriate low-level command. If required, this feature can be disabled by selecting the "no failback" option that is defined in the array policy module (APM) for an array.

  Note   Support for automatic failback of an A/P array requires that an appropriate ASL (and APM, if required) is available for the array, and has been installed on the system.

See "How to administer the Device Discovery Layer" on page 90.

See "Configuring array policy modules" on page 173.

For Active/Active type disk arrays, any disk can be simultaneously accessed through all available physical paths to it. In a clustered environment, the nodes do not all need to access a disk via the same physical path.

Enabling or disabling controllers with shared disk groups

Prior to release 5.0, VxVM did not allow enabling or disabling of paths or controllers connected to a disk that is part of a shared Veritas Volume Manager disk group. From VxVM 5.0 onward, such operations are supported on shared DMP nodes in a cluster.