An attempt was being made to initialise a lun on a Solaris 9 machine using the vxdisksetup command. The previous history of the lun was unknown.
# vxdisksetup -i san_vc0_9
VxVM vxdisk ERROR V-5-1-535 Device san_vc0_9: Invalid attributes
It transpired that the disk had formerly been used for ZFS on another system.
The suggestion was given that since the lun was being reinitialised, that a precautionary dd be run over the first 100MB or so to remove any possible stale ZFS information/headers. The disk was then relabeled using format (either SMI or EFI), and the disk could then be reinitialised successfully using vxdisksetup.
Volume Manager 5.1SP1