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Workaround for Missing Volume Object

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By Tim Rath

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Posted: 3 Nov 2005
 

Problem:

When I create a new cluster volume resource using an existing NSS volume, the volume object I select disappears.

Solution:

Before cluster enabling an NSS pool, create a dummy volume in that pool and use it to create the cluster object.

If you need to recreate a volume object that has disappeared, follow the excellent instructions in this TID before creating the dummy volume: http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/searchtid.cgi?10092250.htm

Example:

Create the dummy volume object:

  1. Load NSSMU on the node hosting the NSS pool and select Volumes.
  2. Press Insert to create a new volume.
  3. Type in the volume name (such as TEST or BOGUS) and press Enter.
  4. Choose the desired pool and select the appropriate options.
  5. Choose a minimal volume size (since no data will be stored on the volume) and create the volume.
  6. Verify that the volume is active.

Cluster enable the pool:

  1. In ConsoleOne select the Cluster object in the left window.
  2. Right click the object and select File>New>Object.
  3. Select NCS: Volume Resource from the list and click OK.
  4. Click the Browse button next to the Volume field, choose the dummy volume object created above and click OK.
  5. Enter the IP address for the Volume Resource and verify that the Virtual Server Name and Cluster Volume Name fields populate.
  6. Click Create.

Enable the Cluster State View and online the new cluster pool using the desired node. If it goes comatose, offline it and then online it again. It should load properly.

Environment:

Netware 6.5
Novell Cluster Services 1.7


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