XenServer 6.0.2: Fixing Root-Disk-Multipathing with Boot-from-SAN

As the title pretty much tells, I’ve been working on fixing the Root-Disk-Multipathing feature of our XenServer installations. Our XenServer boot from a HA-enabled NetApp controller, however we recently noticed that during a controller fail-over some, if not all, paths would go offline and never come back. If you do a cf takeover and cf giveback in short succession, you’ll end up with a XenServer host that is unusable, as the Root-Disk would be pretty much non-responsive.

Guessing from that, there don’t seem to be that many people using XenServer with Boot-from-SAN. Otherwise Citrix/NetApp would have fixed that by now…. Anyhow, I went around digging in our XenServer’s. What I already did, was adjust the /etc/multipath.conf according to a bug report (or TR-3373). For completeness sake I’ll list it here:

And as it turns out, this is the reason why we’re having such difficulties with the Multipathing. The information in TR-3373 is a bunch of BS (no, not everything but a single path is wrong, the getuid_callout) and thus the whole concept of Multipathing, Failover and High-Availibility (yeah, I know – if you want HA, don’t use XenServer :P) is gone.

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