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Shared Storage Pool

This is a short description of how to set up a VIOS Shared Storage Pool (SSP).

These Virtual I/O Servers will be part of this SSP:

  • s922-vio1.<your_domain_name>
  • s922-vio2.<your_domain_name>
  • s824-vio1.<your_domain_name>
  • s824-vio2.<your_domain_name>
  • e870-vio1.<your_domain_name>
  • e870-vio2.<your_domain_name>
  • p770plus-vio1.<your_domain_name>
  • p770plus-vio2.<your_domain_name>

Storage Setup

For the storage part I have created on both XIVs (XIV-1 and XIV-2):

  • 8 × 1 TB LUN (for data)
  • 1 × 16 GB LUN (for the SSP repository disk)

All those LUNs have been zoned and mapped to all of the Virtual I/O Servers listed above.

The following picture should explain the setup:

The following commands in this section have all been executed on the Virtual I/O Server s922-vio1.<your_domain_name> and need to executed on each participating Virtual I/O Server.

After a cfgdev run the following disks are recognized and hdisk4–hdisk21 are to be used for the SSP.

$ lspv
NAME             PVID                                 VG               STATUS
hdisk0           00c11460617c49d2                     rootvg           active
hdisk1           00c114606202da35                     rootvg           active
hdisk2           00c11460e71ba2dc                     None              
hdisk3           none                                 None              
hdisk4           none                                 None              
hdisk5           none                                 None              
hdisk6           none                                 None              
hdisk7           none                                 None              
hdisk8           none                                 None              
hdisk9           none                                 None              
hdisk10          none                                 None              
hdisk11          none                                 None              
hdisk12          none                                 None              
hdisk13          none                                 None              
hdisk14          none                                 None              
hdisk15          none                                 None              
hdisk16          none                                 None              
hdisk17          none                                 None              
hdisk18          none                                 None              
hdisk19          none                                 None              
hdisk20          none                                 None              
hdisk21          none                                 None              

To make sure all involved disks have the correct parameters set, I ran the following script as root user:

$ cat

for i in 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ; do


    chdev -l $d -a algorithm=fail_over
    chdev -l $d -a algorithm=fail_over -P

    chdev -l $d -a reserve_policy=no_reserve
    chdev -l $d -a reserve_policy=no_reserve -P
    chdev -l $d -a hcheck_mode=nonactive
    chdev -l $d -a hcheck_mode=nonactive -P

    chdev -l $d -a hcheck_interval=60
    chdev -l $d -a hcheck_interval=60 -P

    chdev -l $d -a max_transfer=0x80000
    chdev -l $d -a max_transfer=0x80000 -P


With the help of the following script you can easily identify the proper hdisks:

$ cat

for i in 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ; do

    xiv=`lscfg -l hdisk$i | awk -F '-' '{ print $5 }'`
    pvid=`lspv | grep hdisk$i | awk '{ print $2 }'`
    echo "hdisk$i (XIV $xiv), $pvid:" `bootinfo -s hdisk$i`


Running this script as root user has the following output:

$ ./
hdisk4 (XIV W5001738006D70140), 00c11460d6de8052: 1015808
hdisk5 (XIV W5001738006D70140), 00c11460d6de8a48: 1015808
hdisk6 (XIV W5001738006D70140), 00c11460d6de975d: 1015808
hdisk7 (XIV W5001738006D70140), 00c11460d6dea5a7: 1015808
hdisk8 (XIV W5001738006D70140), 00c11460d6deae5e: 1015808
hdisk9 (XIV W5001738006D70140), 00c11460d6deb529: 1015808
hdisk10 (XIV W5001738006D70140), 00c11460d6dec11a: 1015808
hdisk11 (XIV W5001738006D70140), 00c11460d6dec8cd: 1015808
hdisk12 (XIV W5001738006D70140), 00c1146067415b35: 16384
hdisk13 (XIV W5001738006D30140), 00c11460d6ded0a3: 1015808
hdisk14 (XIV W5001738006D30140), 00c11460d6def807: 1015808
hdisk15 (XIV W5001738006D30140), 00c11460d6df16a4: 1015808
hdisk16 (XIV W5001738006D30140), 00c11460d6df1ec4: 1015808
hdisk17 (XIV W5001738006D30140), 00c11460d6df2591: 1015808
hdisk18 (XIV W5001738006D30140), 00c11460d6df2d16: 1015808
hdisk19 (XIV W5001738006D30140), 00c11460d6df368f: 1015808
hdisk20 (XIV W5001738006D30140), 00c11460d6df3ef9: 1015808
hdisk21 (XIV W5001738006D30140), 00c11460d6df46b0: 16384

From that output I chose hdisk12 to be the SSP repository disk.

SSP Setup

You need to make sure that all participating Virtual I/O Servers have a fully qualified hostname. If not the cluster creation will fail:

$ cluster -create -clustername SSP_Cluster -spname SSP -sppvs hdisk4 hdisk5 hdisk6 hdisk7 hdisk8 hdisk9 hdisk10 hdisk11 -repopvs hdisk12 -hostname s922-vio1.<your_domain_name>
Bad Hostname: cluster -create requires the local node hostname.
Bad Hostname: Local node hostname needs to be fully qualified name, as resolved.

After changing the hostname to fully qualified the cluster creation is successful.

$ cluster -create -clustername SSP_Cluster -spname SSP -sppvs hdisk4 hdisk5 hdisk6 hdisk7 hdisk8 hdisk9 hdisk10 hdisk11 -repopvs hdisk12 -hostname s922-vio1.<your_domain_name>
Cluster SSP_Cluster has been created successfully.

All our hdisks from XIV-1 have been put now into a failure group named Default.

Now we create the second failure group for all disks from XIV-2 and name it appropriately XIV_2:

$ failgrp -create -fg XIV_2: hdisk13 hdisk14 hdisk15 hdisk16 hdisk17 hdisk18 hdisk19 hdisk20
XIV_2 FailureGroup has been created successfully.

We rename the Default failure group to XIV_1 to reflect the fact that it contains only LUNs from XIV-1:

$ failgrp -modify -fg Default -attr fg_name=XIV_1
Given attribute(s) modified successfully.

Now add the remaining SSP cluster nodes:

$ cluster -addnode -clustername SSP_Cluster -hostname s922-vio2.<your_domain_name>
Partition s922-vio2.<your_domain_name> has been added to the SSP_Cluster cluster.
$ cluster -addnode -clustername SSP_Cluster -hostname s824-vio1.<your_domain_name>
Partition s824-vio1.<your_domain_name> has been added to the SSP_Cluster cluster.
$ cluster -addnode -clustername SSP_Cluster -hostname s824-vio2.<your_domain_name>
Partition s824-vio2.<your_domain_name> has been added to the SSP_Cluster cluster.
$ cluster -addnode -clustername SSP_Cluster -hostname e870-vio1.<your_domain_name>
Partition e870-vio1.<your_domain_name> has been added to the SSP_Cluster cluster.
$ cluster -addnode -clustername SSP_Cluster -hostname e870-vio2.<your_domain_name>
Partition e870-vio2.<your_domain_name> has been added to the SSP_Cluster cluster.
$ cluster -addnode -clustername SSP_Cluster -hostname p770plus-vio1.<your_domain_name>
Partition p770plus-vio1.<your_domain_name> has been added to the SSP_Cluster cluster.
$ cluster -addnode -clustername SSP_Cluster -hostname p770plus-vio2.<your_domain_name>
Partition p770plus-vio2.<your_domain_name> has been added to the SSP_Cluster cluster.

That's it, our SSP cluster is now ready for clients…

$ cluster -status
Cluster Name         State
SSP_Cluster          OK

    Node Name        MTM           Partition Num  State  Pool State
    s922-vio1        9009-22A067811460         1  OK     OK  
    s922-vio2        9009-22A067811460         2  OK     OK  
    s824-vio1        8286-42A0206036D6         1  OK     OK
    s824-vio2        8286-42A0206036D6         2  OK     OK  
    e870-vio1        9119-MME020647C9R         1  OK     OK  
    e870-vio2        9119-MME020647C9R         2  OK     OK  
    p770plus-vio1    9117-MMD02103F55E         1  OK     OK  
    p770plus-vio2    9117-MMD02103F55E         2  OK     OK  

After having installed a couple of clients we can check the list of LUNs:

$ lu -list
LU_NAME                 SIZE(MB)    UNUSED(MB)  UDID
ssp_aix61_1_root        51200       48929       75dc5ce8c93b3ccdce73999bcec544f7
ssp_aix71_1_root        51200       46792       0a5f20caf8aceae38d94e43dfe6d1362
ssp_aix72_1_root        51200       47927       d4e4e4fea801c641582ec725a4b257bf
ssp_centos7le_1_root    51200       48245       06432eb57da59a03a2131f5bdcf4dc08
ssp_rhel75le1_1_root    51200       48536       126b7c34b1f32bf561e18e375b80b7f3
ssp_sles12sp3_1_root    51200       41241       30184e6ee901e5aaf2a60254269ca19c
ssp_ubuntu1804_1_root   51200       44494       dec343ad4a6543272572fa01bec532c6
shared_storage_pool.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/17 11:14 by mperzl