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I've been googling for about 4 hours now with no luck. I am trying to setup a Linux server running Oracle Server 6.3 as a Fiber Channel host. And then connect it to a Dell Compellent Fibre Channel Host contain a 500GB Volume.

The Oracle server itself contains two Brocade 815 FC HBAs. I've discovered their WWN(I think) via

cat /sys/class/fc_host/host1/port_name
0x100000051efc3d85

cat /sys/class/fc_host/host2/port_name
0x100000051efc3d9f

The next part is where I am at a loss. I've used iSCSI before...is FC the same deal where you have an initiator and a target? If so where do I specific that in linux?

I'm also new to Fiber Channel as a protocol, so i am unsure what is needed to make a transaction? WWN and port ID? Similar to IP:Port combination in the Ethernet world.

I've read alot regarding using systool, multipath, fc_transport commands, however none of these is recognized as a valid command from Oracle Server 6.3

Appreciate the guidance and assistance.

I installed sccsi-target-utils and can now run rescan-scsi-bus and sg_map -x.

rescan-scsi-bus.sh -l -w -r
Host adapter 0 (megaraid_sas) found.
Host adapter 1 ((null)) found.
Host adapter 2 ((null)) found.
Host adapter 3 (ata_piix) found.
Host adapter 4 (ata_piix) found.
Scanning SCSI subsystem for new devices
 and remove devices that have disappeared
Scanning host 0 for  SCSI target IDs  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15, LUNs  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Scanning for device 0 2 0 0 ....
OLD: Host: scsi0 Channel: 02 Id: 00 Lun: 00
      Vendor: DELL     Model: PERC H700        Rev: 2.30
      Type:   Direct-Access                    ANSI SCSI revision: 05
Scanning for device 0 2 1 0 ...
OLD: Host: scsi0 Channel: 02 Id: 01 Lun: 00
      Vendor: DELL     Model: PERC H700        Rev: 2.30
      Type:   Direct-Access                    ANSI SCSI revision: 05
Scanning host 1 for  all SCSI target IDs, LUNs  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Scanning for device 1 0 3 1 ...
OLD: Host: scsi1 Channel: 00 Id: 03 Lun: 01
      Vendor: COMPELNT Model: Compellent Vol   Rev: 0505
      Type:   Direct-Access                    ANSI SCSI revision: 05
Scanning host 2 for  all SCSI target IDs, LUNs  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Scanning host 3 for  all SCSI target IDs, LUNs  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Scanning for device 3 0 0 0 ...
REM: Host: scsi3 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00
DEL:  Vendor: TEAC     Model: DVD-ROM DV-28SW  Rev: R.2A
      Type:   CD-ROM                           ANSI SCSI revision: 05
Scanning host 4 channels  0 for  SCSI target IDs  0, LUNs  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
0 new device(s) found.
1 device(s) removed.

and

sg_map -x
/dev/sg0  0 0 32 0  13
/dev/sg1  0 2 0 0  0  /dev/sda
/dev/sg2  0 2 1 0  0  /dev/sdb
/dev/sg4  1 0 3 1  0  /dev/sdc

multipath -ll

 multipath -ll
Dec 19 09:33:57 | DM multipath kernel driver not loaded
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 14, invalid keyword: device
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 15, invalid keyword: vendor
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 16, invalid keyword: product
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 17, invalid keyword: path_grouping_policy
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 18, invalid keyword: getuid_callout
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 19, invalid keyword: path_selector
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 20, invalid keyword: path_checker
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 21, invalid keyword: features
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 22, invalid keyword: hardware_handler
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 23, invalid keyword: failback
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 24, invalid keyword: rr_weight
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 25, invalid keyword: no_path_retry
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 26, invalid keyword: rr_min_io
Dec 19 09:33:57 | multipath.conf line 27, invalid keyword: }
Dec 19 09:33:57 | DM multipath kernel driver not loaded

I'm not sure what this all means...

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Do you have Oracle Support? If yes. Ask them. That's what you're paying for. If not: Why not? (or why are you using "Oracle Server") –  Tom O'Connor Dec 18 '12 at 23:23
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It looks like /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc are the two paths to the SAN volume. So you could pick one of those partition it, format it and mount it directly. However this is a bad idea since you won't have any failover support.

The next step is to get device-mapper-multipath installed and configured - see this RedHat doc (I am assuming Oracle 6 is the same as RHEL 6). I am not sure exactly what you need in /etc/multipath.conf for a Dell Compellent array. This may work:

device {
vendor "COMPELNT"
product "Compellent Vol"
path_grouping_policy multibus
getuid_callout "/sbin/scsi_id -g -u -s /block/%n"
path_selector "round-robin 0"
path_checker tur
features "0"
hardware_handler "0"
failback immediate
rr_weight uniform
no_path_retry queue
rr_min_io 1000
}

It's from http://pig.made-it.com/multipath.html.

Once you have the multipathd service started, you should be able to run multipath -ll and see both paths to the SAN. In addition, the mpath names in this output should map to entries in /dev/mapper. The mapper disks are the paths are the ones you want to format, partition, mount, etc.

FYI, you don't have to mess with all the SCSI rescan stuff. If you just echo a 1 to both of the FC host sys entries, the /dev/sdx entries will show up. Something like echo "1" > /sys/class/fc_host/host1/issue_lip will do it. Host numbers may be different on your systel. Make sure you echo to all the host ports too.

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-bash: /sys/class/fc_host/host1/issue_lip: No such file or directory –  Jim Dec 19 '12 at 14:41
    
May be a different host number. Do you have anything in /sys/class/fc_host/host? I have seen host5 and host6 on some systems. –  AngerClown Dec 19 '12 at 18:53
    
The only two hosts i have are fc_host\host1 and fc_host\host2 –  Jim Dec 20 '12 at 20:38
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