Topics: Installation, SAN, SDD

SDD upgrade from 1.6.X to 1.7.X

Whenever you need to perform an upgrade of SDD (and it is wise to keep it up-to-date), make sure you check the SDD documentation before doing this. Here's the quick steps to perform to do the updates.

  • Check for any entries in the errorlog that could interfere with the upgrades:
    # errpt -a | more
  • Check if previously installed packages are OK:
    # lppchk -v
  • Commit any previously installed packages:
    # installp -c all
  • Make sure to have a recent mksysb image of the server and before starting the updates to the rootvg, do an incremental TSM backup. Also a good idea is to prepare the alt_disk_install on the second boot disk.
  • For HACMP nodes: check the cluster status and log files to make sure the cluster is stable and ready for the upgrades.
  • Update fileset devices.fcp.disk.ibm to the latest level using smitty update_all.
  • For ESS environments: Update host attachment script ibm2105 and ibmpfe.essutil to the latest available levels using smitty update_all.
  • Enter the lspv command to find out all the SDD volume groups.
  • Enter the lsvgfs command for each SDD volume group to find out which file systems are mounted, e.g.:
    # lsvgfs vg_name
  • Enter the umount command to unmount all file systems belonging to the SDD volume groups.
  • Enter the varyoffvg command to vary off the volume groups.
  • If you are upgrading to an SDD version earlier than 1.6.0.0; or if you are upgrading to SDD 1.6.0.0 or later and your host is in a HACMP environment with nonconcurrent volume groups that are varied-on on other host, that is, reserved by other host, run the vp2hd volume_group_name script to convert the volume group from the SDD vpath devices to supported storage hdisk devices. Otherwise, you skip this step.
  • Stop the SDD server:
    # stopsrc -s sddsrv
  • Remove all the SDD vpath devices:
    # rmdev -dl dpo -R
  • Use the smitty command to uninstall the SDD. Enter smitty deinstall and press Enter. The uninstallation process begins. Complete the uninstallation process.
  • If you need to upgrade the AIX operating system, you could perform the upgrade now. If required, reboot the system after the operating system upgrade.
  • Use the smitty command to install the newer version of the SDD. Note: it is also possible to do smitty update_all to simply update the SDD fileset, without first uninstalling it; but IBM recommends doing an uninstall first, then patch the OS, and then do an install of the SDD fileset.
  • Use the smitty device command to configure all the SDD vpath devices to the Available state.
  • Enter the lsvpcfg command to verify the SDD configuration.
  • If you are upgrading to an SDD version earlier than 1.6.0.0, run the hd2vp volume_group_name script for each SDD volume group to convert the physical volumes from supported storage hdisk devices back to the SDD vpath devices.
  • Enter the varyonvg command for each volume group that was previously varied offline.
  • Enter the lspv command to verify that all physical volumes of the SDD volume groups are SDD vpath devices.
  • Check for any errors:
    # errpt | more
    # lppchk -v
    # errclear 0
  • Enter the mount command to mount all file systems that were unmounted.
Attention: If the physical volumes on an SDD volume groupís physical volumes are mixed with hdisk devices and SDD vpath devices, you must run the dpovgfix utility to fix this problem. Otherwise, SDD will not function properly:
# dpovgfix vg_name




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