Re: SES Enclosure Management.

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On 02/14/2012 02:06 PM, Jeff Johnson wrote:
On 2/14/12 12:58 PM, Joe Landman wrote:
On 02/14/2012 03:53 PM, Robert Woodworth wrote:
On 02/14/2012 01:42 PM, Joe Landman wrote:
On 02/14/2012 03:31 PM, NeilBrown wrote:
On Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:30:37 -0700 Robert Woodworth
<robertjwoodworth@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Has anyone ever thought of integrating SES managed enclosures into the
kernel RAID system? I briefly looked through the archives and have
not found anything on the topic.

Some HW based RAID controllers do this flawlessly now, there is no
reason why the kernel RAID cannot also. (LSI MegaRAID)

1) When a drive is part if a managed enclosure, the RAID system should
address it by location instead of by enumerated device node. The SES
device in the enclosure can map the physical slot to a physical drive.
The RAID admin (mdamd) should be able to add/fail/identify devices
based on slot.

Does this just mean that the admin should using names in
rather than /dev/sdXX to address devices? What can md or mdadm do to

Not sure on the SES (or SGPIO side), but one of the things we've been
doing has been to create a file with disk placement "coordinates", so
as to map serial number and device to physical location.

With real SES managed enclosures, you issue a SCSI command to read SES
Page1 and Page2 to get the details about the drives in any given slot.
This currently works fine in Linux with the sg_utils3 package. From the
command line, 'sg_ses -p 2 /dev/sgXX` where the device is the SES device.

Take a look at your systems, if you see a device at
/sys/class/enclosure/XXXX/ then you have a managed enclosure attached.

Got it. Thanks. Will look and see. Should be pretty straight forward to do this.

2) If the RAID system fails a drive, it should notify the SES
management and turn on the fail bit and the fail LED.

"mdadm --monitor" will run a script on drive failure. This could easily
notify the SES management.

Yes, we are using this now for notifications and logging.

So maybe all we need here is a script to plug in to mdadm... Would
you like
to write one?

Just need a "standard" SES (or SGPIO) mechanism to hook into, and we
should be able to support this. Right now we have to work through HBA
A true managed enclosure has nothing to do with the HBA. A managed
enclosure provides a device on the SCSI bus and you exclusively
communicate with that device regardless of the HBA. Most HW RAIDs (LSI
MegaRAID) will hide the SES device exactly like they hide the physical

Ok. Let me look to see if we can do this. If so, we should be able to help contribute some scripts.
I've been doing this for a while. In SES the various elements (slot, power supplies, fans, etc) are named. At least if your JBOD vendor has their **** together. There is no need to decipher arrays of hex values and modify bits to assert control. Once you know the names of your elements you can address them by name for status and control (fault LED, power on/off, temps, etc).


Correct! Now I just want to connect the RAID system to the SES system so that when a disk fails, the kernel module that failed the disk can light up the LED.

I work for one of those vendors, it's my job to have our **** together.

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