How to fix Powerpath in Degraded State

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How to fix – PowerPath Degraded


You came to know that PowerPath is in degraded state either via your incident mechanism or via any alerting system you have. You have to fix it so PowerPath can take care of multi-path intelligently.

Validation Steps

Login to server where issue reported and gain elevated privilege as super user and run below command. Location of PowerPath command varies depending upon OS. For RHEL you can use locate command to find out command location or which command in case of Solaris. If you are using EMC Storage, SYMCLI, PowerPath in your environment it is better to set your .profile so you need not to worry about absolute path every time you want to run these commands. In general it gets installed in /usr/symcli/bin/. Veritas Volume Manager is present with PowerPath.

Normally this happens due to disks reclaimed.

# locate powermt                                for RHEL

# which  powermt                                for Solaris

Run below command it will confirm if PowerPath is in degraded state or not.

# powermt display

Error: PowerPath  3072 [email protected],600000/[email protected]/[email protected],0   degraded     28     13       –     0     13


To troubleshoot issue please run below commands

1.# powermt display dev=all

You can use pipe to grep dead and look for “dead” device(s) – see example below

Pseudo name=emcpower8a

Symmetrix ID=000187880133

Logical device ID=0A52

state=alive; policy=SymmOpt; priority=0; queued-IOs=0


—————- Host —————   – Stor –   — I/O Path –  — Stats —

###  HW Path                I/O Paths    Interf.   Mode    State  Q-IOs Errors


3072 [email protected],600000/[email protected]/[email protected],0 c0t5006048ACCB4B149d56s0 FA 10cA   active  dead       0      1

2.Verify if device(s) are not in use via below command to make sure you are dealing with right devices.

# vxdisk –eo alldgs list | grep –i emcpower8

3.If device not reported in step 2 you can proceed to step 3 to forcibly remove those devices.

# powermt check force             This will remove all the dead devices.

4. Re-validate PowerPath status run validation step again you will find it in optimal state.

# powermt display

3072 [email protected],600000/[email protected]/[email protected],0   optimal      15      0       –     0      0

That,s all,You are good now.

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