Late Breaking News (LBN) - Updates to the Release Notes for Veritas Storage Foundation (tm) and High Availability Solutions 5.0 on HP-UX 11i v3 and cross references to product documentation

Article:TECH54749  |  Created: 2010-01-30  |  Updated: 2010-09-27  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH54749
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Late Breaking News (LBN) - Updates to the Release Notes for Veritas Storage Foundation (tm) and High Availability Solutions 5.0 on HP-UX 11i v3 and cross references to product documentation


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To locate the most current product patch releases including Maintenance Packs, Rolling Patches, and Hot Fixes visit https://vos.symantec.com/patch/matrix 


This document is for 5.0 on HP-UX 11i v3 and the document for 5.0.1 on HP-UX 11i v3 is at http://entsupport.symantec.com/docs/331560 


Documentation

Product Family Documentation is available at http://support.veritas.com/docs/307506 and vos.symantec.com/documents  


Downloads

Patches are available on Patch Central at https://vias.symantec.com/labs/patch 


Tools

Before installing this release, use VIAS (Veritas Installation Assessment Service) https://vias.symantec.com 

Health Check https://vias.symantec.com/labs/vhcs 
Error Code Lookup https://vias.symantec.com/labs/vels 
VIMS (Veritas Inventory Management Service) https://vias.symantec.com/labs/vims 
Veritas Operations Services (VOS) Labs https://vias.symantec.com/labs 


Behavior of Oracle RAC 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.1) on SF Oracle RAC on Unix and Linux platforms

Details:  http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH135605


Recommendations on use of Space-Optimized (SO) snapshots in Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC 5.0

If you use Volume Manager mirroring, Space-Optimized (SO) snapshots are recommended for Oracle data volumes.

Keep the Fast Mirror Resync regionsize equal to the database block size to reduce the copy-on-write
(COW) overhead.

Reducing the regionsize increases the amount of Cache Object allocations leading to performance overheads.

Do not create Oracle redo log volumes on a space-optimized snapshot.

Use "third-mirror break-off" snapshots for cloning the Oracle redo log volumes.


File System 5.0 RP3 for 11i v3 Patch Released

PHKL_39131 11.31 VRTS 5.0 GARP3 VRTSvxfs Kernel Patch


Volume Manager 5.0 RP2 for 11i v3 Patches Released

PHCO_38412 11.31 VxVM 5.0 GARP2 Commands Patch 02
PHKL_38413 11.31 VxVM 5.0 GARP2 Kernel Patch 02

The above patches are available on the HP IT Resource Center web site and Patch Central at https://vias.symantec.com/labs/patch/php/main.php 


ODM 5.0 RP1 for 11i v3  Patch Released

PHKL_38241 is available on the HP IT Resource Center Patch Central.


Oracle 11gR1 RAC Support

Oracle 11gR1 RAC (11.1.0.7) is now supported with the 5.0 version of Storage Foundation For Oracle RAC for HPUX 11iv3.


Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC 5.0 RP1 for HP-UX 11i v3 Patches Released

Oracle 10gR2 RAC (10.2.0.4) is now supported with the 5.0 Rolling Patch 1 (5.0RP1) of Storage Foundation For Oracle RAC for HP-UX 11iv3.

An additional patch needs to be installed and PVKL_03842 is available for download at:

http://support.veritas.com/docs/307720

The complete support matrix for Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC is available at:

http://ftp.support.veritas.com/pub/support/products/DBE_Advanced_Cluster_for_Oracle_RAC/280186.pdf


File System 5.0 RP1 for HP-UX 11i v3 Patches Released

1) PHKL_38260 (VRTS 5.0 GARP1 VRTSvxfs Kernel Patch)
2) PHKL_38241 (VRTS 5.0 GARP1 VRTSodm Kernel Patch)

Volume Manager 5.0 RP1 for HP-UX 11i v3 Patches Released

PHCO_38235 - 11.31 VxVM 5.0 GARP1 Commands Patch 01
PHKL_38236 - 11.31 VxVM 5.0 GARP1 Kernel Patch 01

The File System and Volume Manager patches are available on the HP IT Resource Center http://itrc.hp.com 

For example:

ftp://ftp.itrc.hp.com/hp-ux_patches/11.X/PHKL_38236  

ftp://ftp.itrc.hp.com/hp-ux_patches/11.X/PHCO_38235 



Documentation

Storage Foundation and High Availability 5.0 Product Family Documentation http://support.veritas.com/docs/307506 


Permission issues while applying Oracle Bundled Patches

While applying an Oracle bundled patch to Oracle Clusterware (CRS),
at the step when you execute prepatch.sh script with oracle user,
the following error is displayed.

chmod: can't change <ORA_CRS_HOME>/css/admin/init.cssd: Not owner

Workaround:
The solution is to change the owner of init.cssd file as oracle user
before applying Oracle bundled patches to Oracle Clusterware.

$ chown <oracle user>:<oracle group> <ORA_CRS_HOME>/css/admin/init.cssd

 
Cluster Volume Manager (CVM) fail back behavior for non-Active/Active arrays

This describes the fail back behavior for non-Active/Active arrays in a CVM cluster. This behavior applies to A/P, A/PF, APG, A/A-A, and ALUA arrays.

When all of the Primary paths fail or are disabled in a non-Active/Active array in a CVM cluster, the cluster-wide failover is triggered. All hosts in the cluster start using the Secondary path to the array. When the Primary path is enabled, the hosts fail back to the Primary path.

However, suppose that one of the hosts in the cluster is shut down or disabled while the Primary path is disabled. If the Primary path is then enabled, it does not trigger failback. The remaining hosts in the cluster continue to use the Secondary path. When the disabled host is rebooted and rejoins the cluster, all of the hosts in the cluster will continue using the Secondary path. This is expected behavior.

If the disabled host is rebooted and rejoins the cluster before the Primary path is enabled, enabling the path does trigger the failback. In this case, all of the hosts in the cluster will fail back to the Primary path. [e1441769]


Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) Support

VCS requires that all nodes in the cluster use the same processor architecture and
run the same operating system version. All cluster nodes must be at the same
patch level.



Veritas Cluster Server Agent Support Matrix

The Veritas Cluster Server Agents Support Matrix is available at http://www.symantec.com/business/products/agents_options.jsp?pcid=psc_disaster_recov&pvid=20_1 



Veritas Installation Assessment Service

The Veritas Installation Assessment Service (VIAS) utility assists you in getting ready for a Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions installation or upgrade. The VIAS utility allows the pre installation evaluation of a configuration, to validate it prior to starting an installation or upgrade.

For more information and to download VIAS, please visit https://vias.symantec.com 



Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions 5.0 on HP-UX 11i v3 Known Issues



VEA service takes a long time to start

VEA service takes a long time to start if the configuration contains large number of LUNs (1403191)

In configurations with large numbers of LUNS which need to be discovered, the VEA service may take a long time to start. The long start-up time may cause the boot time to be longer than is allowed.

Workaround:
The solution is to start the VEA service in the background, so that the boot continues while the LUNs are discovered.

To start the VEA service in the background:

1. Edit the VEA start-up script.

For Storage Foundation 5.x, use the following command:
#  edit shell script /opt/VRTSobc/pal33/bin/vxpalctrl      

2. In the start_agent() function, add the following line:
      exit 0

   Before the lines:
      max=10
     count=0



Changes to the "Setting up Veritas extension for Oracle Disk Manager" section of the 5.0 Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle Administrator's Guide

To link the Veritas extension for Oracle Disk Manager library into Oracle home for Oracle 11g, use the mv and ln commands as follows.

For HP-UX PA, enter:
# mv ${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm11.sl \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm11.sl.orig
# ln -s /opt/VRTSodm/lib/libodm.sl \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm11.sl

For HP-UX IA, enter:
# mv ${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm11.so \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm11.so.orig
# ln -s /opt/VRTSodm/lib/libodm.sl \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm11.so

To link the Veritas extension for Oracle Disk Manager library into Oracle home
for Oracle 10g  Use the mv and ln commands as follows.

For HP-UX PA, enter:
# mv ${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm10.sl \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm10.sl.orig
# ln -s /opt/VRTSodm/lib/libodm.sl \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm10.sl

For HP-UX IA, enter:
# mv ${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm10.so \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm10.so.orig
# ln -s /opt/VRTSodm/lib/libodm.sl \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm10.so

To link the Veritas extension for Oracle Disk Manager library into Oracle home
for Oracle9i Use the mv and ln commands as follows.

For HP-UX PA, enter:
# mv ${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm9.sl \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm9.sl.orig
# ln -s /opt/VRTSodm/lib/libodm.sl \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm9.sl

For HP-UX IA, enter:
# mv ${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm9.so \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm9.so.orig
# ln -s /opt/VRTSodm/lib/libodm.sl \
${ORACLE_HOME}/lib/libodm9.so

When Oracle Disk Manager is enabled, a message similar to the following is sent
to the alert log: "Oracle instance running with ODM: Veritas #.# ODM Library,
Version #.#."

When the system and instance are configured correctly, the Oracle Disk Manager
feature is used, by default, for accessing any database storage.



Documentation Errata: Veritas Cluster Server Agent Developers Guide

The following content replaces the description of the LogFileSize attribute in the Veritas Cluster Server Agent Developers Guide.

LogFileSize

Sets the size of an agent log file. Value must be specified in bytes. Minimum is 65536 bytes (64KB). Maximum is 134217728 bytes (128MB). Default is 33554432 bytes (32MB).

For example,

hatype -modify FileOnOff LogFileSize 2097152

Values specified less than the minimum acceptable value are changed to 65536 bytes. Values specified greater than the maximum acceptable value are changed to 134217728 bytes. Therefore, out-of-range values displayed for the command:

hatype -display restype -attribute LogFileSize

are those entered with the -modify option, not the actual values. The LogFileSize attribute value cannot be overridden.



Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC (SF Oracle RAC)

Incident 1253046

Veritas Storage Mapping commands (vxstorage_stats and dbed_analyzer) do not work in SF Oracle RAC environment.

The Veritas Storage Mapping feature available with SF Oracle RAC enables you to map datafiles to physical devices. However, the vxstorage_stats and dbed_analyzer commands do not work for SF Oracle RAC. Ignore any details of these commands mentioned in the Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC documentation.



Incident 1250471

Incorrect URLs are included in the Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC documentation.  

The URL for technical assistance that is mentioned in the documentation is broken. For technical assistance, visit: http://www.symantec.com/business/support/assistance_care.jsp 

The URL for the Symantec Licensing Portal that is mentioned in the documentation is incorrect. For Symantec licensing support, visit: https://licensing.symantec.com 



Storage Foundation Management Server Configuration

Incident: 1246865

The Veritas Storage Foundation Management Server string is not displayed during Storage Foundation Management Server (Managed host) configuration of SF products using the Common Product Installation script. The following are the messages that are displayed and messages that should be expected during product configuration.

Message displayed:

Choose how this install will be managed.

This product can configured one of the two following ways:

       * managed host (Recommended)
       * Standalone host

       Pre-requisites for  managed host:
               * A (SFMS) is configured
               * should be currently running and fully operational.
               * Authentication Broker that is used by  should be running.

       The following information would be requested during configuration:
               * The host name of the SFMS
               * Previously set agent account password

       There are no pre-requisites for deploying as a standalone host.

Enabling management simplifies and improves management of the complex data center resources, reducing planned and unplanned down time.

Enable Management? [y,n,q] (y)

Verify the install systems fully qualified hostnames.

Choose the .

Enter "BACK" to change how this install will be managed.

Enter hostname: [?]

 
Expected message:
               
Choose how this install will be managed.

This product can configured one of the two following ways:

        * Veritas Storage Foundation Management Server managed host (Recommended)
       * Standalone host
 
       Pre-requisites for Veritas Storage Foundation Management Server managed host:
               * A Veritas Storage Foundation Management Server (SFMS) is configured
               * SFMS should be currently running and fully operational.
               * Authentication Broker that is used by SFMS should be running.

        The following information would be requested during configuration:
               * The host name of the SFMS
               * Previously set SFMS agent account password

        There are no pre-requisites for deploying as a standalone host.

Enabling Veritas Storage Foundation Management Server management simplifies and improves management of the complex data center resources, reducing planned and unplanned down time.

Enable Veritas Storage Foundation Management Server Management? [y,n,q] (y)    

Verify the install systems fully qualified hostnames.

Choose the Veritas Storage Foundation Management Server.

Enter "BACK" to change how this install will be managed.

Enter Veritas Storage Foundation Management Server hostname: [?]



Authentication Services (AT)

Incident 1250330

If a previous installation of VRTSat left AT configuration files in the /etc/vx/vss directory, but the package itself has been removed from the system, the following error message will be logged in the installer logs:

ERROR: /var/tmp/installsfrac-<hash>/at_upgrade_version.sliam05 not found! Unable to determine the AT upgrade version.

This log message can be safely ignored.



Veritas Cluster Server (VCS)

Incident 1251518

During installation of Veritas Cluster Server 5.0 on HP-UX 11iv3, sometimes LLT or GAB filesets may be in the installed state as seen by 'swlist -l fileset -a state'.


Workaround:

Run the following commands to configure these filesets:

# swconfig VRTSllt
# swconfig VRTSgab



Storage Foundation Cluster File System (SFCFS)

Incident: 1234506

The swverify command may display the following errors while upgrading Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System from 5.0 on HP-UX 11i Version 2 to 5.0 on 11i Version 3.

ERROR:   File "/etc/vx/VxICS/VxPBX.cfg" should have mtime "1189581897" but the actual mtime is "1205928751".

ERROR:   Fileset "VRTSpbx.PBX,l=/opt/VRTSpbx,r=1.3.27.9" had file errors.


This error refers to the actual mtime being different than expected for the /etc/vx/VxICS/VxPBX.cfg file. The error has no effect on functionality.


Workaround:

To eliminate this error, enter the following command:

# /usr/sbin/swmodify -x files="/etc/vx/VxICS/VxPBX.cfg" VRTSpbx.PBX



Incident 1211546

Upgrading Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System (SFCFS) from HP-UX 5.0 11iv2 to 5.0 11iv3 displays actionagent error messages.

When upgrading from SFCFS from 5.0 on HP-UX 11i Version 2 to 5.0 on 11i Version 3, actionagent stop failure messages may be observed during the HP-UX 5.0 11i version 3 installation. These messages can be safely ignored.



Incident 1216376

After upgrading from Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System (SFCFS) from HP-UX 5.0 11iv2 to 5.0 11iv3 managed hosts are not registered to the SFM central server.

As part of the SFCFS 5.0 on HP-UX 11i Version 2 to 5.0 on 11i Version 3 upgrade with SFM (Storage Foundation Manager), if the "Are you sure you want to reuse configuration of SFCFS 5.0.01.00? [y,n,q] (y)" option is selected during the HP-UX 5.0 11i version 3 configuration, cluster nodes will not be completely in managed mode.


Workaround:

Manually bring the systems back into MANAGED mode of SFM by migrating the host to standalone mode and then migrating the host back to central mode again:

# /opt/VRTSmh/bin/migrate standalone_mode -d <domain controller> -p <agent password>
# /opt/VRTSmh/bin/migrate central_mode -d <domain controller> -p <agent password>


For Example:

# /opt/VRTSmh/bin/migrate standalone_mode -d sfmssrvr.vxindia.veritas.com -p YYY123
# /opt/VRTSmh/bin/migrate central_mode -d sfmssrvr.vxindia.veritas.com -p YYY123


CSSD agent mandatory for SF Oracle RAC installations

You must configure the CSSD agent after installing Oracle Clusterware. The CSSD agent starts, stops, and monitors Oracle Clusterware. It ensures that the OCR, the voting disk, and the private IP address resources required by Oracle Clusterware are online before Oracle Clusterware starts. Using the CSSD agent with SF Oracle RAC installations thus ensures adequate handling of inter-dependencies and prevents premature startup of Oracle Clusterware.

During system startup, the Oracle Clusterware init scripts invoke the clsinfo script provided by Veritas software. The clsinfo script ensures that the OCR, the voting disk, and the private IP address resources are online before the cssd resource comes online. After the underlying resources come online, the CSSD agent starts Oracle Clusterware.

During system shutdown, the agent stops Oracle Clusterware before the OCR and voting disk resources are taken offline. This ensures that Oracle Clusterware does not panic the nodes in the cluster due to unavailability of the required resources.


Supplemental Materials

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Value1234506
Description

SFCFS upgrade from 5.0 11iv2 to 5.0 11iv3: swverify for VRTSpbx has some errors


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Value1211546
Description

Upgrading Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System (SFCFS) from HP-UX 5.0 11iv2 to 5.0 11iv3 displays actionagent error messages


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Value1216376
Description

After upgrading from Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System (SFCFS) from HP-UX 5.0 11iv2 to 5.0 11iv3 managed hosts are not registered to the SFM central server


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Value1251518
Description

During installation of Veritas Cluster Server 5.0 on HP-UX 11iv3, sometimes LLT or GAB filesets may be in the installed state


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Value1250330
Description

If a previous installation of VRTSat left AT configuration files in the /etc/vx/vss directory, but the package itself has been removed from the system, the following error message will be logged in the installer logs


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Value1246865
Description

The Veritas Storage Foundation Management Server string is not displayed


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Value1253046
Description

Veritas Storage Mapping commands not applicable in SF Oracle RAC environment


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Value1250471
Description

Incorrect URLs are included in the Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC documentation



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