How to do Multipathing on HP-UX 11iV2

Posted on 2011-10-04
Last Modified: 2013-12-06

I wonder how  to do multipath on hpux. do I need to install a package?

Question by:cismoney
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    by:Duncan Meyers
    You need multipathing software. You can use a SAN vendor-specific package like EMC PowerPath or Symantec's Storage Foundations.
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    HP-UX 11iv2 has built-in multipathing for failover, but it does not load-balance - For that you need additional software as meyersd suggested.

    Simply vgextend-ing the volume group to add the alternate path to the disk (LUN) into the VG enables failover.  LVM recognises that it's the same disk and marks it as an alternate link.

    Manual load balancing, by specifying the primary channel to be used for each LUN, can be done - See for an example
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    by:Duncan Meyers
    It's been a few years since I looked at HP-UX. Don't HP ship pvlinks anymore?
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    As far back as I can recall, pvlinks has been part of LVM - though it's confusing that it gets talked about as a product in its own right.

    HP-UX 11iv3 has low-level native multipathing that includes load balancing; Each disk/LUN gets a new "persistent device special file" that is path-independent, so LVM uses that device file and the concept of pvlinks within LVM disappears.

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