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We've recently installed a new SSA enclosure consisting of 12 disks in two raid groups. There is a group of four 72.8 gb disks in raid 5 (hdisk74), and a group of eight 145.6 gb disks in raid 5 (hdisk73). I am trying to create a volume group and receiving errors:

mkvg -f -y TSMDBVG hdisk74
0516-1254 mkvg: Changing the PVID in the ODM.
0516-1397 mkvg: The physical volume hdisk74, will not be added to
the volume group.
0516-862 mkvg: Unable to create volume group.

I've found an IBM document covering a similar error:
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg3T1010349

"Use the below command to clear the owning volume manager from the disk and then use the mkvg command again:"

chpv -C hdisk74

I've tried this and still am having the same problem.


Here's some info about the disks:

hdisk73         679F00066C5C4CK system    good       1020.5G raid_5
hdisk74         679F00066D1D4CK system    good       218.7GB raid_5

+ ssa0             U0.1-P1-I4/Q1                                     IBM SSA 160 SerialRAID Adapter (14109100)
* hdisk73          U0.1-P1-I4/Q1-W679F00066C5C4CE                    SSA Logical Disk Drive
* hdisk74          U0.1-P1-I4/Q1-W679F00066D1D4CE                    SSA Logical Disk Drive
+ pdisk4           USSAF3D4-D1                                       SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (145600 MB)
+ pdisk10          USSAF3D4-D2                                       SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (145600 MB)
+ pdisk5           USSAF3D4-D3                                       SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (145600 MB)
+ pdisk7           USSAF3D4-D4                                       SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (145600 MB)
+ pdisk8           USSAF3D4-D5                                       SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (145600 MB)
+ pdisk9           USSAF3D4-D6                                       SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (145600 MB)
+ pdisk11          USSAF3D4-D7                                       SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (145600 MB)
+ pdisk6           USSAF3D4-D8                                       SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (145600 MB)
+ pdisk2           USSAF3D4-D9                                       SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (72800 MB)
+ pdisk3           USSAF3D4-D10                                      SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (72800 MB)
+ pdisk1           USSAF3D4-D11                                      SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (72800 MB)
+ pdisk0           USSAF3D4-D12                                      SSA160 Physical Disk Drive (72800 MB)
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If these are new LUNs (ie there is nothing to backup or save), try the following:

chdev -l hdisk74 -a pv=clear
chdev -l hdisk74 -a pv=yes

Then re-run the "mkvg".
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The first command worked but the second returned an error saying the device is busy:

chdev -l hdisk74 -a pv=yes
Method error (/usr/lib/methods/chgdisk):
        0514-062 Cannot perform the requested function because the
                 specified device is busy.
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I recommend deleting and re-creating the RAID array - if that does not work, time to call IBM.
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