Initialization Loop on EMC CX300 SAN SPA

Posted on 2007-10-15
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
Hi All,

I have an EMC CX300 SAN that I am trying to configure.
I have managed to get everything working except for one problem.
SPA seems to be stuck in a loop when Initialising the security and creating the domain. (Via Navisphere web interface)

I get the following messages/prompts:

Responds with:"Global security is not initialized. It is highly recommended that you initialise global security [YES/NO]"

Puts up Navisphere login, I enter username and password, same as SPB.  
If I click [YES], it prompts for a username and password, which I enter, then it progresses to the next window.

Responds with: "Confirm: AddUser. Add the following user, admin [YES]"
Click on [YES]
Responds with: "Success: Initialize Security: Success [YES]"
Click on [YES]
Responds with: "This storage system is not in a domain.   It is highly recommended you create a new domain for this system."

If I Select the only choice SPA's IP address and click ok, it says "This operation will assign the node - to be the domain master [YES/NO]"

If I click YES, it says "Node was successfully assigned to be the domain master of the domain.  Please note that it will take few minutes to propagate the master information to all systems in the domain [OK]"

When I click [OK] It appears to login to the interface, then the page goes blank.
I wait 5 minutes then reload the Navisphere webpage again and it makes me go through the whole process again.

Am I missing a step?  What else can i do to make this setting permanent?

Please note: this SAN has LUNs that are currently being used.


Question by:medfacit
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    Accepted Solution

    Navisphere security is global (as is most things in Navisphere)- the problem may be occurring because you're trying toi set it up per SP.

    To Fix:

    Close your Navisphere session.

    Open a we browser and go to http://<IP Address of SPA>/setup
    Open a second web browser and go to http://<IP Address of SPB>/setup

    You'll likely be prompted for the username and password you set up earlier.

    Check that the IP details for SPA are correct and check the peer IP address is set to SPB. Check that the IP details for SPB are correct and check the peer IP address is set to SPA. Note that they should be on the same subnet.

    Scroll down until you find a button for "Reset Navisphere Security" (I forget the exact wording - you'll recognise the right option, though) and click on that button, then confirm.

    Point a web browser to the IP address of SPA only (do NOT open a session with SPB). You'll be prompted to set up security again. Set the username and password.

    Resetting the security domain is non-disruptive, but changing IP addresses will require reboots of the individual SPs. PowerPath will handle LUN failover for you, so you can do it during the day at a quiet time.
    How did the array get itself into this state in the first place? Generally speaking, security is configured at initial installation, and not touched again...

    Author Comment


    Thanks for that info.  After checking again it seems that the SPB peer address was set to an old IP address.  I changed that to the new IP address of SPA, then did a master reset on both SP's, then configured SPA and it now seems happy.

    This situation came about from moving the SAN to a new datacentre and new IP range.

    Thanks again,  

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    Expert Comment

    by:Duncan Meyers
    That'd do it... :-)

    Glad I could help.

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