[ovirt-users] VMs paused due to IO issues - Dell Equallogic controller failover

Nir Soffer nsoffer at redhat.com
Thu Oct 6 10:07:24 UTC 2016

On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 10:19 AM, Gary Lloyd <g.lloyd at keele.ac.uk> wrote:

> I asked on the Dell Storage Forum and they recommend the following:
> *I recommend not using a numeric value for the "no_path_retry" variable
> within /etc/multipath.conf as once that numeric value is reached, if no
> healthy LUNs were discovered during that defined time multipath will
> disable the I/O queue altogether.*
> *I do recommend, however, changing the variable value from "12" (or even
> "60") to "queue" which will then allow multipathd to continue queing I/O
> until a healthy LUN is discovered (time of fail-over between controllers)
> and I/O is allowed to flow once again.*
> Can you see any issues with this recommendation as far as Ovirt is
> concerned ?
Yes, we cannot work with unlimited queue. This will block vdsm for unlimited
time when the next command try to access storage. Because we don't have
good isolation between different storage domains, this may cause other
domains to become faulty. Also engine flows that have a timeout will fail
a timeout.

If you are on 3.x, this will be very painfull, on 4.0 it should be better,
but it is not

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