Installing SLES11 on an active/passive storage LUN

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11


This article will explain which steps are necessary to install SLES11 on an active/passive storage.


As multipathd is not active during the installation, it needs to be started in the partitioner:
  1. Click on Partitioning in the YaST2 installation settings
  2. Select "Custom Partitioning (for experts)"
  3. Select the Hard Disks main icon, click on the Configure button and select Configure Multipath
  4. Start multipath
YaST2 starts to rescan the disks and shows available multipath devices (like /dev/mapper/3600a0b80000f4593000012ae4ab0ae65). This is the device that should be used for all further processing.

Once all settings are done and the installation finished, YaST2 will start to write the bootloader information and display a countdown to restart the system. Stop the counter by clicking the Stop button and press CTRL+ALT+F5 to access a console.

As the installation does not distinguish between active and passive paths, it might happen that a passive path was entered in /boot/grub/ To check this:
  1. Mount the root device to /mnt:

    mount /dev/mapper/3600a0b80000f4593000012ae4ab0ae65_part2 /mnt

  2. Mount the boot device to /mnt/boot:

    mount /dev/mapper/3600a0b80000f4593000012ae4ab0ae65_part1 /mnt/boot

  3. Open /mnt/boot/grub/ using

    less /mnt/boot/grub/
In case the hd0 entry points to a passive path the configuration needs to be changed and the bootloader has to be reinstalled. Proceed as described below:
  1. mount -o bind /dev /mnt/dev
  2. mount -o bind /sys /mnt/sys
  3. mount -o bind /proc /mnt/proc
  4. chroot
  5. Run multipath -ll and check which path is active and which one not. Passive paths are flagged as ghost.
  6. Change the hd0 entry in /boot/grub/ to an active path
  7. Save the changes
  8. In case the selection was to boot from MBR, /etc/grub.conf should look like:

    setup --stage2=/boot/grub/stage2 (hd0) (hd0,0)

  9. To reinstall the bootloader use:

    grub < /etc/grub.conf

  10. exit
  11. umount /mnt/*
  12. umount /mnt
To return to the graphical environment use CTRL+ALT+F7 and press ok to have the installation reboot.


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  • Document ID:7005037
  • Creation Date: 16-Dec-2009
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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