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Field Notice: FN - 63051 - MDS9000 - The DPVM Process May Terminate Unexpectedly Under Certain Conditions - This Issue Has Been Fixed in SAN-OS 3.1.1 and Later Releases - Customer Can Either Upgrade or Follow the Provided Procedure to Resolve the Issue


March 17, 2008

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Revision History

Revision

Date

Comment

1.0

17-MAR-2008

Initial Public Release

Products Affected

Products Affected

MDS-SAN-OS - Releases prior to 3.1.1

Problem Description

Dynamic Port VSAN Membership (DPVM) could terminate due to the following two situations:

1- If there are multiple nx_ports with same NWWN in the same switch, and the device owning that NWWN has a link flap for any reason, the DPVM process may terminate.

2- If there are a large number of logged in ports (more than 64 F-ports FLOGI'd in a single switch), and a logged-in device flaps, then there is a possibility of DPVM terminating.

Background

DPVM has multiple tables to maintain login information of devices. During the two scenarios mentioned above, tables might get out of sync and may lead to the DPVM process terminating.

Problem Symptoms

The DPVM process could terminate under the following conditions:

If there are more than 64 devices logged into a single switch, and a device logs out and log back in.

or

If there are multiple nx_ports with same NWWN , and the device owning the NWWN either logs out or has another port login.

Either of these conditions could lead to a switch reload.

Workaround/Solution

The issue has been fixed in SAN-OS release 3.1.1 and higher. Customer can upgrade to SAN-OS 3.1.1 or a later release to resolve the issue.

Customers who are not planning to upgrade their SAN-OS release can resolve the issue by disabling DPVM. Please use the following steps to disable DPVM:

Step 1. Follow the steps to configure port vsan:

 

Switch(config) # vsan database 

Switch(config-vsan-db) # vsan [vsan no.] interface [interface id]

Step 2. Disable DPVM distribution to the neighboring switches.

switch(config)# no dpvm distribute

Step 3. Deactivate the currently active DPVM database

switch(config)# no dpvm activate 

switch(config)# dpvm commit

Step 4. Disable DPVM on that switch

switch(config)# no dpvm enable

DDTS

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DDTS

Description

CSCsg03171 (registered customers only)

In large fabrics dpvm process could terminate in some conditions

CSCsg66691 (registered customers only)

dpvm dumped core and reset switch

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