IBM LUNs on Linux - David Woodsmall
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LINUX SPARSE / MAX LUNSUnless told differently (there are multiple techniques), Linux
assumes that your LUNs are numbered consecutively starting with LUN 0.
LUNs not numbered consecutively are called Sparse LUNs.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 & 4
The SCSI standard requires that all SCSI devices respond to Logical Unit
Number (LUN) zero. Some SCSI devices fail when they are scanned for
Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs) greater than zero. Other devices require
that LUNs must be numbered sequentially.
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Update 1 kernel contains a list of devices
that have been tested and shown to work correctly when scanned for non-zero
LUNs, and non-sequential LUNs. Only devices on this list are scanned by default.
This default behavior can be overridden on a system-wide basis by adding the
following entry to the /etc/modules.conf (2.4 Kernel) file:
options scsi_mod max_scsi_luns=255
After modifying modules.conf, it is necessary to rebuild the initial ramdisk
file using the mkinitrd script. Refer to mkinitrd man page (using the
command man mkinitrd) for more information about creating the initial ramdisk
When this option is used, the LUN numbers on the device must be assigned
sequentially, starting with zero. RHEL: options scsi_mod max_scsi_luns=255
"max_scsi_luns" CHANGED to "max_luns" under 2.6 kernel
option: max_scsi_luns CHANGED under 2.6 kernel
OTHER USEFUL COMMANDSfdisk -
/dev/sda1 /fibre/disk1 type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sdx1 /fibre/disk24 type ext3 (rw)
to see what LUNs RDAC will present to the host.
QLogic HBAscat /proc/scsi/qla23xxx/ (if using a qla2300 HBA card)
Storage Manager (SM) - IBM
Use "SMdevices" on LINUX hosts to see which drives/arrays in
in owned by which controller are mapped to what
Use "Manage=>Storage=>Disk Management" on WINDOWS hosts to
handle mapping of Storage Manager logical disks
OTHER RESOURCESRHEL - Read Hat Enterprise Linux:
How do I setup multiple LUNs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4?
Why can I only see one LUN if using qlogic HBAs and the LILO bootloader, when exporting multiple LUNs from a SAN device?
How can you get fdisk to see new fiber channel attached disk LUNs without rebooting?
How do I enable multipathing from multiple I/O controllers back to the same storage in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3?
How do I install the iSCSI initiator for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 or 4?
How can multiple systems access a single iSCSI LUN?
How do I configure Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 or 4 to access iSCSI storage?
How do I configure iSCSI devices to be mounted at boot time?
What changes do I need to perform on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on each cluster member when configuring them for clustering?
I'm not having my SCSI device recognized in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.4 Kernel, what can I do?
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