As UNIX system administrators – we need our Operating Systems running in optimal state every time. The same is what we want to our storage systems. In EMC Powerpath there are a couple of failover policies that we can enforce to our storage devices but we must always use the one that is best suitable. We have here a LUN that is currently under Basic Failover policy even though the storage is CLARiiON:
For any software or hardware issues with AIX, logging a case with IBM – the support team will always ask for snap files. Snap files will collect all system configuration that will help and guide the IBM support team to track whatever issue there is on the system.
Learning the Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) will be a big help when a System Administrator cannot login anymore to the server. ILOM can be accessed via IP network or serial console. Here are some of the most commonly used commands that could get anyone on track on managing the ILOM:
Sun StorEdge A1000 is one of the oldest storage array from SUN but still widely used. Just recently, we received a battery expiration and we need this replaced as soon as possible to ensure optimal operation of the said Sun StorEdge A1000 array. Below are the steps that we used to replace the expired battery:
After replacing a defective part on a Sun Fire T1000/T2000 boxes, we need to clear the FMA Faults. There are two ways that we can achieve this task – via the System Controller (SC) or Solaris OS. I usually prefer the path because there is no downtime required but there would be times that we need to do it on the OS side.
Today we encountered a degraded policy in EMC PowerPath disk on one of our SUN/Oracle Solaris boxes. We found out that the license for our PowerPath was not properly installed on the system. With this current issue – our disks is only running on Basic Failover policy which is not recommended for CLARiiON disks. To mitigate the issue, we need to install the license and set the policy back to CLARiiON Optimization Policy.
There are times that we really rely on the manual (man) pages when it comes to getting the right options for a certain command under UNIX boxes. But when it comes to Sun/Oracle Advanced Lights Out Manager (ALOM) we can count on with the help command. Here are the commands that you can have with Sun/Oracle Advanced Lights Out Manager.
There are times that we need to do maintenance on a system and we need to connect to its hardware or system controller. With HP boxes they are called HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLO).
Here are the steps to gain access to HP iLO thru Command Line Interface (CLI) via SSH:
We had a hardware failure and we cannot seem to boot to our system. Our only option is to restore from our backup. The good thing is that we have foreseen this incident and took the liberty to have a backup of our OS. We will now use ufsrestore to bring our server up and running.