Veritas Storage Foundation Administrator's Guide

  • Modified Date:
  • Article ID:000003108


Veritas™ Storage Foundation Administrator's Guide


I. Introducing Storage Foundation
1. Overview of Storage Foundation
About Veritas Storage Foundation
About Veritas File System
About Veritas Volume Manager
About Veritas Dynamic Multi-Pathing
About Veritas Operations Manager
About Storage Foundation solutions
2. How Veritas File System works
Veritas File System features
Veritas File System performance enhancements
Using Veritas File System
3. How Veritas Volume Manager works
How VxVM works with the operating system
How VxVM handles storage management
Volume layouts in VxVM
Online relayout
Volume resynchronization
Dirty region logging
Volume snapshots
Volume sets
Configuration of volumes on SAN storage
4. How Veritas Dynamic Multi-Pathing works
How DMP works
Veritas Volume Manager co-existence with Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) disks
II. Provisioning storage
5. Provisioning new storage
Provisioning new storage
Growing the existing storage by adding a new LUN
Growing the existing storage by growing the LUN
Displaying SF information with vxlist
6. Advanced allocation methods for configuring storage
Customizing allocation behavior
Creating volumes of a specific layout
Creating a volume on specific disks
Creating volumes on specific media types
Specifying ordered allocation of storage to volumes
Site-based allocation
Changing the read policy for mirrored volumes
7. Creating and mounting VxFS file systems
Creating a VxFS file system
Converting a file system to VxFS
Mounting a VxFS file system
Unmounting a file system
Resizing a file system
Displaying information on mounted file systems
Identifying file system types
Monitoring free space
8. Extent attributes
About extent attributes
Commands related to extent attributes
III. Administering multi-pathing with DMP
9. Administering Dynamic Multi-Pathing
Discovering and configuring newly added disk devices
Making devices invisible to VxVM
Making devices visible to VxVM
About enabling and disabling I/O for controllers and storage processors
About displaying Veritas Dynamic Multi-Pathing (DMP) information
Displaying the paths to a disk
Administering DMP using vxdmpadm
DMP coexistence with native multi-pathing
10. Dynamic reconfiguration of devices
About online dynamic reconfiguration
Reconfiguring a LUN online that is under DMP control
Removing LUNs dynamically from an existing target ID
Adding new LUNs dynamically to a new target ID
About detecting target ID reuse if the operating system device tree is not cleaned up
Scanning an operating system device tree after adding or removing LUNs
Cleaning up the operating system device tree after removing LUNs
Dynamic LUN expansion
Replacing a host bus adapter on an M5000 server managed by DMP
Upgrading the array controller firmware online
11. Managing devices
Displaying disk information
Changing the disk device naming scheme
About disk installation and formatting
Adding and removing disks
Renaming a disk
12. Event monitoring
About the Dynamic Multi-Pathing (DMP) event source daemon (vxesd)
Fabric Monitoring and proactive error detection
Dynamic Multi-Pathing (DMP) automated device discovery on Solaris
Dynamic Multi-Pathing (DMP) discovery of iSCSI and SAN Fibre Channel topology
DMP event logging
Starting and stopping the Dynamic Multi-Pathing (DMP) event source daemon
IV. Optimizing I/O performance
13. Veritas File System I/O
About Veritas File System I/O
Buffered and Direct I/O
Concurrent I/O
Cache advisories
Freezing and thawing a file system
Getting the I/O size
About Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions products database accelerators
14. Veritas Volume Manager I/O
Veritas Volume Manager throttling of administrative I/O
V. Using Point-in-time copies
15. Understanding point-in-time copy methods
About point-in-time copies
When to use point-in-time copies
About Storage Foundation point-in-time copy technologies
Volume-level snapshots
Storage Checkpoints
About FileSnaps
About snapshot file systems
16. Administering volume snapshots
About volume snapshots
How traditional third-mirror break-off snapshots work
How full-sized instant snapshots work
Linked break-off snapshot volumes
Cascaded snapshots
Creating multiple snapshots
Restoring the original volume from a snapshot
Creating instant snapshots
Creating traditional third-mirror break-off snapshots
Adding a version 0 DCO and DCO volume
17. Administering Storage Checkpoints
About Storage Checkpoints
Storage Checkpoint administration
Storage Checkpoint space management considerations
Restoring from a Storage Checkpoint
Storage Checkpoint quotas
18. Administering FileSnaps
FileSnap creation
Using FileSnaps
Using FileSnaps to create point-in-time copies of files
Comparison of the logical size output of the fsadm -S shared, du, and df commands
19. Administering snapshot file systems
Snapshot file system backups
Snapshot file system performance
About snapshot file system disk structure
Differences between snapshots and Storage Checkpoints
Creating a snapshot file system
Examples of creating snapshot file systems
VI. Optimizing thin storage with Storage Foundation
20. Understanding thin storage solutions in Storage Foundation
About thin provisioning
About thin optimization solutions in Storage Foundation
About SmartMove
About the Thin Reclamation feature
Determining when to reclaim space on a thin reclamation LUN
How automatic reclamation works
21. Migrating data from thick storage to thin storage
About using SmartMove to migrate to Thin Storage
Migrating to thin provisioning
22. Maintaining Thin Storage with Thin Reclamation
Reclamation of storage on thin reclamation arrays
Identifying thin and thin reclamation LUNs
Displaying VxFS file system usage on thin reclamation LUNs
Reclaiming space on a file system
Reclaiming space on a disk, disk group, or enclosure
Monitoring Thin Reclamation using the vxtask command
Configuring automatic reclamation
VII. Maximizing storage utilization
23. Understanding storage tiering with SmartTier
About SmartTier
SmartTier building blocks
How SmartTier works
SmartTier in a High Availability (HA) environment
24. Creating and administering volume sets
About volume sets
Creating a volume set
Adding a volume to a volume set
Removing a volume from a volume set
Listing details of volume sets
Stopping and starting volume sets
Managing raw device nodes of component volumes
25. Multi-volume file systems
About multi-volume file systems
About volume types
Features implemented using multi-volume support
Creating multi-volume file systems
Converting a single volume file system to a multi-volume file system
Adding a volume to and removing a volume from a multi-volume file system
Volume encapsulation
Reporting file extents
Load balancing
Converting a multi-volume file system to a single volume file system
26. Administering SmartTier
About SmartTier
Supported SmartTier document type definitions
Placement classes
Administering placement policies
File placement policy grammar
File placement policy rules
Calculating I/O temperature and access temperature
Multiple criteria in file placement policy rule statements
File placement policy rule and statement ordering
File placement policies and extending files
Using SmartTier with solid state disks
27. Administering hot-relocation
About hot-relocation
How hot-relocation works
Configuring a system for hot-relocation
Displaying spare disk information
Marking a disk as a hot-relocation spare
Removing a disk from use as a hot-relocation spare
Excluding a disk from hot-relocation use
Making a disk available for hot-relocation use
Configuring hot-relocation to use only spare disks
Moving relocated subdisks
Modifying the behavior of hot-relocation
28. Deduplicating data on Solaris SPARC
About deduplicating data
Deduplicating data
Deduplication results
Deduplication supportability
Deduplication use cases
Deduplication limitations
29. Compressing files
About compressing files
Compressing files with the vxcompress command
Interaction of compressed files and other commands
Interaction of compressed files and other features
Interaction of compressed files and applications
Use cases for compressing files
VIII. Reference
30. Managing storage
Moving volumes or disks
Monitoring and controlling tasks
Using vxnotify to monitor configuration changes
Performing online relayout
Adding a mirror to a volume
Configuring SmartMove
Removing a mirror
Setting tags on volumes
Managing disk groups
Managing volumes
Managing plexes and subdisks
Decommissioning storage
31. Rootability
Encapsulating a disk
Administering an encapsulated boot disk
Unencapsulating the root disk
32. Managing tunable parameters
Reference tables of Storage Foundation tunable parameters
How to change tunable parameters
33. Quotas
About quota limits
About quota files on Veritas File System
About quota commands
About quota checking with Veritas File System
Using quotas
34. File Change Log
About File Change Log
About the File Change Log file
File Change Log administrative interface
File Change Log programmatic interface
Summary of API functions
35. Reverse path name lookup
Reverse path name lookup
A. Disk layout
About disk layouts
VxFS Version 7 disk layout
VxFS Version 8 disk layout
VxFS Version 9 disk layout
Using UNIX Commands on File Systems Larger than One TB
B. Command reference
Veritas Volume Manager command reference
Veritas Volume Manager manual pages
Veritas File System command summary
Veritas File System manual pages

Terms of use for this information are found in Legal Notices.



Did this article answer your question or resolve your issue?


Did this article save you the trouble of contacting technical support?


How can we make this article more helpful?

Email Address (Optional)