RDAC ADT AVT HostType What are that ?

I decide to write this article after start to introduce DS3400 to IBM SVC

I already have DS5000 series storage before and do not have any problem to introduce SVC and no knowledge about ADT/AVT/HostTypeOptions 🙂 what a pity !

After search tens of article and page finally find out a perfect document written by Chinese from IBM, really surprised but congratulation ! You can find the link end of the article

Logical Drives, you can call it as a LUN, which hosts get it as raw space

Controller Ownership, if you are  using dual controller systems each created LUNs/Logical drives I/O assigned/shared different controllers for balance. Controller of LUN which do I/O is owner of that LUN.

AVT (Auto Volume Transfer) also referred to as the Auto Disk Transfer, its driver-level failover, its not depend controller-level.

RDAC  (Redundant Disk Array Controller), its multipathing software and provide controller redundancy, if one of controller goes down all I/O request directly forwarded to other controller. Some OS do not use RDAC for example Windows, its have own Multipathing software which generally called Native MPIO.

AVT with RDAC, AVT help that logical drive/LUN really switch or sure to secondary controller ready to handle I/O of LUN if Primary controller goes down


if you want to enable or disable AVT pls use such commends from your DS Storage Manager, choose storage and from Tools menu , select execute script

Execute below is your hosttype selected Linux ;

show controller [a] HostNVSRAMBYTE [5,0x24];

You can change first digit (which is 5 in this example), pls check the pdf to find out related index numbers ” 4.3. How to enable and disable AVT ”

You can see ADT option with script below

show storageSubsystem hostTypeTable;

Pls be careful upgrade times or first installation times , different series DS storages and different versions of firmwares can have different AVT option for same type of host, this is what i see on my systems .

Related Doc


Hope this article summaries many things ..



Posted on 06/03/2012, in IBM and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. thanks for the information. it is very useful

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