Next, you must make sure that the Load Balancing property for each disk is Failover Only. There is no automatic failback to the original path. Type esxcfg-mpath -b to list all devices with their corresponding paths: By default, MPIO is configured for active passive path failover. Moreover, one the reason we’re using a SAN is that it allows us to easily recover from failed hardware: See the Additional Information section for references to the arrays and the policy they are using. Wed May 28, 2:

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You can change this value by using the following command for each device: Some of these options include: Apr 6, Total Views: Fixed-The path used by a LUN is always the one marked as preferred, unless that path is unavailable.

This can lead to path thrashing, performance degradations and virtual machine instability. This section contains the following subsections:. Jun 24, Posts: Installing, Removing or Replacing Disks. Using the lsiutil Software.

Fixed — Always use the preferred path to the disk.


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This is a limitation of the ESX 3. The E SAS host bus adapter can create only two volumes. The default multipathing policy in ESX 4. For more information, refer to the VMware documentation website. The canonical name for a disk is the first path and the lowest device number ESX finds to the disk after a scan.

VMWare ESX and iSCSI multipathing

Ars Tribunus Angusticlavius et Subscriptor. If you continue to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies. For all Linux operating systems, you can configure multipathing after your OS is installed.

It turns out that, by creating two vSwitches, each attached to a different NIC eax subnet, I can pull the plug of one of the switches and the other will take the load.

This article did not resolve my issue. Select an ESX host. That’s what I understood, thanks.

The fourth disk mhltipath disk drive is a hot spare. The command esxcli nmp device list lists of LUN multipathing information: What can we do to improve this information? The sixteen from the disk blade are actually just eight disk drives, each with two unique SAS addresses, one for each port on the disk.


If you do not need to change the default values, or if you are unsure about any of the procedures below, keep the default values.

Multipathing and load balancing with ESX or ESXi hosts

There is no automatic failback to the original path. Third-party PSPs have their own restrictions. With these Linux OS versions, you have two alternatives: To avoid this issue, either upgrade to ESX 4. The system reboots twice in succession. Type esxcli storage core path list -d naaID to list the detailed information of the corresponding paths for a specific device.

Tue May 27, 2: This article helped but additional information was required to resolve my issue.