Disk devices

The device name (sometimes referred to as devname or disk access name) defines the name of a disk device as it is known to the operating system.

Such devices are usually, but not always, located in the /dev directory. Devices that are specific to hardware from certain vendors may use their own path name conventions.

Dynamic Multi-Pathing (DMP) uses the device name to create metadevices in the /dev/vx/[r]dmp directories. DMP uses the metadevices (or DMP nodes) to represent disks that can be accessed by one or more physical paths, perhaps via different controllers. The number of access paths that are available depends on whether the disk is a single disk, or is part of a multiported disk array that is connected to a system.

You can use the vxdisk utility to display the paths that are subsumed by a DMP metadevice, and to display the status of each path (for example, whether it is enabled or disabled).

Device names may also be remapped as enclosure-based names.

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How DMP works

Disk device naming in DMP