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Path redundancy to storage devices are degrading - 23.Nov.2011 9:01:05 PM   
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Summary

The event indicates that the ESX host has lost the last redundant path to access the storage device. The storage device is currently accessible through a single active path.

Example

If vmhba35:C1:T0:L7 is the one of two active paths to access the storage device, and the path goes down, an error of the following type displays:

Lost path redundancy to storage device naa.60a9800043346534645a433967325334. Path vmhba35:C1:T0:L7 is down.

Impact

The situation indicates a single point of failure and poses a performance impact in the virtual machines currently accessing the storage device.

The storage device reading vmhba35:C1:T0:L7 in the example contains several potential failure points:
vmhba35 - HBA (Host Bus Adapter)
C1 - Channel
T0 - Target (Storage processor port)
L7 - LUN (Logical Unit Number or Disk Unit)

To determine the actual failure or to eliminate possible issues:
1.Identify the available storage paths to the reported storage device by running the esxcfg-mpath -l command. For more information, see Obtaining LUN pathing information for ESX hosts (1003973).
2.Check that a rescan does not restore visibility to the targets. Follow the steps in Performing a rescan of the storage (1003988)to rescan the storage device by using the command-line interface and VMware vSphere Client.
3.Determine whether the connectivity issue is with the iSCSI storage or the fiber storage. Perform one of the following depending on what your connectivity issue is:
◦To troubleshoot the connectivity to the iSCSI storage using the software initiator:
a.Check whether a ping to the storage array fails from ESX. For more information, see Testing network connectivity with the ping command (1003486)for more details.
b.Check whether a vmkping to each network portal of the storage array fails. For more information, see Testing VMkernel network connectivity with the vmkping command (1003728) for more details.
c.Check that the initiator is registered on the array. Contact your storage vendor for instructions on this procedure.
d.Make sure that the following physical hardware is correctly functioning:
■Ethernet switch
■Ethernet cables between the switch and the ESX host
■Ethernet cables between the switch and the storage array




To troubleshoot the connectivity to the fiber attached storage, ensure that:


The fiber switch zoning configuration permits the ESX host to see the storage array. Consult your switch vendor if you require assistance.


The fiber switch propagates RSCN messages to the ESX hosts. To configure the fiber switch, see Configuring fibre switch so that ESX Server doesn't require a reboot after a zone set change (1002301).



5.
Check the physical hardware:

The storage processors on the array


The fiber switch and the Gigabit Interface Converter (GBIC) units in the switch


The fiber cables between the fiber switch and the array


The array itself

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RE: Path redundancy to storage devices are degrading - 28.Nov.2011 1:12:32 AM   
Scott Lowe

 

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Yehit,

Hi there! Did you create this troubleshooting piece yourself? If not, any chance you might be able to identify the source?

Scott

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RE: Path redundancy to storage devices are degrading - 9.Dec.2011 1:43:06 PM   
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This is very detail description. :)

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RE: Path redundancy to storage devices are degrading - 22.Feb.2012 6:35:09 AM   
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Nice, i will agree with your points. thanks for sharing

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