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V2.1.0 - Recommended Software Levels for SAN Volume Controller

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Abstract

The documents titled Supported Hardware List and Recommended Software Levels provide the operating systems, host adapters, SAN fabric elements, RAID controllers and selected other hardware that have been tested or qualified by IBM.

For operating systems, we show the latest tested release levels and service packs. Only the listed operating systems are supported. For host adapters, SAN fabric elements and RAID controllers, we list our currently recommended firmware and/or BIOS levels and formally support only the hardware listed.

While these levels are not mandatory levels for a customer to be supported by IBM, they are the recommended levels. There may be known operational issues with older firmware and BIOS levels and, in these cases, a customer working with the IBM Support Centre may be directed to upgrade a component to a recommended level.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: SAN Volume Controller V2.1.0 is no longer supported. Refer to the SAN Volume Controller Support Statement for further information.






SAN File System V2.2.2

SAN File System V2.2.2
Link
Notes
Please refer to the following link for a list of systems supported by SAN File System Version 2.2.2
SLES 8 Metadata Server (xSeries)
SLES 9 Metadata Server (xSeries)



Host Operating System Levels

Operating System
Maintenance Level
Notes
AIX 4.3.3
Maintenance Level 11
AIX 5.1
Maintenance Level 8 (ML08)
AIX 5.2
Maintenance Level 6 (ML06)
AIX 5.3
Maintenance Level 2 (ML02)
Windows NT 4
SP6a
Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2000 Advanced Server
SP4
Windows 2003 Server (Standard and Enterprise Edition)
(32 bit only)
SP1
Please click on the following link to refer to the Microsoft Help and Support article 909360:

Microsoft Help and Support
Windows 2003 R2 is supported. Please refer to the following link for additional support information

Windows Server 2003 R2 Partners
Red Hat EL Advanced Server 2.1
U6
2.4.9-e.57 EL Kernel
Fabric maintenance and CCL restrictions apply, please visit Software Restrictions for further details
Red Hat EL Advanced Server 3.0
U4
2.4.21-27.0.1 ELHugemem Kernel
SLES 8 United Linux 1.0
Intel and JS20 blades :
SP3
2.4.21-231
pSeries :
SP3
2.4.21-111
Fabric maintenance and CCL restrictions apply, please visit Software Restrictions for further details
HP-UX 11i
v1 for PA-RISC
(64 bit only)
The following patches should be applied to the base OS
PHSS_28509
PHKL_30472
PHKL_30510
PHKL_30511
PHKL_30622
plus the latest PDC firmware for the model

Set PV (Physical Volume) timeout to 90 seconds when multipathed with SDD, and 60 seconds when using PV Links. This is to avoid I/O timeouts during fabric maintenance and SVC CCLs (Concurrent code loads)
SunOS / Solaris
V5.8 / 8 and V5.9 / 9
(64 bit only)
VMware ESX 2.5
Build 11548

Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 as a guest operating system only

VMFS and raw mode disks are supported

Vmotion is not supported
VMware ESX 2.1 with VMFS disks
Build 7728

Novell 6.5 as a guest operating system only

Supported in single path mode only, please visit Software Restrictions for further details

Only VMFS mode disk are supported

Vmotion is not supported
Novell NetWare 6.5
SP2

Microsoft Cluster Certified Configurations

SVC supports the following Host configurations running Microsoft Clustering Services:

Host Operating System
Host Bus Adapter levels
Windows 2003
Note: Enterprise Edition Only
(32 bit)
Please visit the V2.1.0 Supported Hardware List for host bus adapter levels
Windows 2000
Note: Enterprise Edition Only

Multipathing / Host Drivers, Clustering and SAN Boot support - By Host Operating System

Please refer to the Host Attachment Guide for more detailed information on the supported functions below.

Operating System
Multipath Driver
*Host Attachment Script
SAN Boot Support
Clustering Support
Notes
No
No
AIX MPIO not supported
No
HACMP 4.5

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
HACMP 5.1

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
HACMP 5.2, 5.2/XD

Please visit the following HACMP 5.2 Flash Announcement for APAR Requirements:

HACMP supports IBM TotalStorage SVC Storage Software V2.1 along with Metro Mirror function

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
-
AIX MPIO not supported
No
HACMP 5.3/XD

APAR Requirements:

HACMP IY84883

Technology Level 8 (TL08)

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
AIX MPIO not supported
AIX 5.2

(ML07)
No
With MPIO APAR IY79157

For Restrictions please Visit the following Flash Announcement:

Operating SAN Volume Controller with MPIO / SDDPCM
No
-
HACMP 5.1

Note APAR requirements HACMP APAR IY61441
RSCT APAR IY61740
AIX APAR IY60930
AIX APAR IY61034
AIX APAR IY62191


SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
HACMP 5.2, 5.2/XD

Please visit the following HACMP 5.2 Flash Announcement for APAR Requirements:

HACMP supports IBM TotalStorage SVC Storage Software V2.1 along with Metro Mirror function

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
HACMP 5.3/XD

APAR Requirements

HACMP IY84883

Technology Level 4 (TL04)

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes per HACMP cluster
AIX MPIO not supported

Virtual IO Server is supported on pSeries

Please visit the following Flash Announcement:

SAN Volume Controller Support for Virtual IO Server Environments
AIX 5.3

(ML03)
No
With MPIO APAR IY79165

For Restrictions please Visit the following Flash Announcement:

Operating SAN Volume Controller with MPIO / SDDPCM
No
No
Please visit the following Flash Announcement:

SAN Volume Controller Support for Virtual IO Server Environments
N/A
No
No
N/A
No
No
N/A
No
No
N/A
No
No
N/A
No
No
N/A
Yes - Using QLogic 23xx adapters only (see Supported Hardware List )
SVC supports up to 2 Windows 2000 nodes per MSCS cluster
Please visit the V2.1.0 Software Restrictions document for information regarding Windows SAN Boot Clusters (MSCS)
N/A
Yes - Using QLogic 23xx adapters only (see Supported Hardware List )
SVC supports up to 4 Windows 2003 nodes per MSCS cluster

For greater than 2 hosts per cluster, only QLogic 23xx adapters are supported (see Supported Hardware List )

Please visit the V2.1.0 Software Restrictions document for information regarding Windows SAN Boot Clusters (MSCS)
N/A
Yes - Using QLogic 23xx adapters only (see Supported Hardware List )
SVC supports up to 4 Windows 2003 nodes per MSCS cluster

Only QLogic 23xx adapters are supported (see Supported Hardware List )

Please visit the V2.1.0 Software Restrictions document for information regarding Windows SAN Boot Clusters (MSCS)

MPIO is not supported
on IBM BladeCenter® configurations
N/A
No
No
SUN MPXIO is not supported
N/A
No
Symantec/Veritas Cluster Server v3.5 MP3
N/A
No
No
N/A
Yes
Symantec/Veritas Cluster Server v3.5 MP3
N/A
No
No
The following patches should be applied to the base OS
PHSS_28509
PHKL_30472
PHKL_30510
PHKL_30511
PHKL_30622
plus the latest PDC firmware for the mode l
PV Links
N/A
Yes
Service Guard V11.16
Novell Netware
Native Netware Multipathing Driver
N/A
No
Novell Cluster Services v 1.7

SVC Supports up to 32 nodes in a Netware cluster
VMWare ESX2.1
Multipathing driver not supported.
N/A
Boot support limited to guest operating systems only.
Neither VMWare or Guest OS can be clustered
Guest OS : Novell Netware installed on VMFS disks only.
Also single path only. See Restrictions page
VMWare ESX2.5
Native VMWare Multipathing Driver
N/A
Boot support limited to guest operating systems only
Neither VMWare or Guest OS can be clustered
Guest OS - Windows 2000 and 2003 only installed on VMFS and/or raw mode disks only
* devices.fcp.disk.ibm.rte / devices.fcp.disk.ibm2145.rte

Other Multipath Drivers Tested with SVC

As per the table above, the following multipath drivers can be used on hosts connected to SVC.

Operating System
Driver
Solaris 8 / 9
HP-UX
PVlinks
Novell Netware
Native Multipath Driver
VMware
Native Multipath Driver


Multipath Driver Co-existence with SDD

The following multipath drivers have been tested for co-existence with SDD.

Certain Configurations for the host are required under these conditions. Please refer to the Configuration Guide and Host Attachment Guide for this information

Operating System
Driver
Windows NT
RDAC
Windows 2000
RDAC
Windows 2003
RDAC
AIX 4.3.3/5.1/5.2/5.3
RDAC
HP-UX
PVlinks
Solaris 8/9


DS4000 Client Software and RDAC Levels

Please refer to the DS4000 website for the latest recommended DS4000 client software and RDAC levels


GPFS / RVSD Versions


AIX Level
GPFS
RVSD
RVSD/PSSP
Note
5.1
2.1
4.1
3.5
5.2
2.2, 2.3
4.1
3.5
5.3
2.3
4.1
3.5
GPFS V2.3 APARs available from the General Parallel File System FAQ Page do not relate specifically to SVC however customers are recommended to upgrade to the latest fix levels



VSS

Operating System
VSS
Windows 2003
Please visit the following link for VSS support information



TotalStorage Productivity Center for Disk

TPC Level
Required TPC Patch
Required SVC Levels
Required SVC Console Levels
Note
V2.3
Please visit the following link to download a patch which allows TPC V2.3 to support SVC

This fix is available for Windows and Linux systems and also enables audit logging:

Required Patch
Requires SVC V2.1.0.3 or later
Please visit the following link for the
IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center for Disk
V3.1.1
N/A
Please visit the following link for the
IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center for Disk

TPC V3.1.0 is NOT Recommended
TotalStorage Productivity Center Replication Manager

Replication Manager Level
Note
V2.3

Oracle

*Oracle Server Release
Operating System
Minimum SVC Level
Note
8.1.7
Solaris 8
V2.1.0
9i
AIX 5.1

*These levels are not the only supported levels, they are an indication of the SVC and Oracle levels which have been submitted to the Oracle Storage Certification Program (OSCP). Other versions of Oracle may also be used as required

Document information

More support for: SAN Volume Controller
V2.1.0

Version: 2.1.0

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: S1002471

Modified date: 25 April 2008