Aix: How to assign a specific PVID

Aix: How to assign a specific PVID

1) BACKUP old disk critical data.

# dd if=/dev/hdisk9 of=/tmp/ bs=4k count=1


If something were to go wrong and the head information got damaged
use the following to RECOVER the origional PVID and head information

TO RECOVER origional PVID:
# dd if=/tmp/ of=/dev/hdisk9 bs=4k count=1



2) Find the origional PVID. This might be seen with lspv importvg, or
varyonvg. Our example origional PVID is “0012a3e42bc908f3”

# lqueryvg -Atp /dev/hdisk9
Physical: 0012a3e42bc908f3 2 0
00ffffffc9cc5f99 1 0

3) Verify that the disk sees an invalid PVID. The first 2 data fields
of offset 80 contain the PVID.

# lquerypv -h /dev/hdisk9 80 10
00000080 00001155 583CD4B0 00000000 00000000 |...UX<..........|

4) Translate the ORIGIONAL PVID into the octal version. Take every 2
digits of the hex PVID and translate it to octal. This can be done
by hand, calculator, script, or web page.

00012a3e42bc908f3 -> 00 12 a3 e4 2b c9 08 f3
Octal version -> 000 022 243 344 053 311 010 363

5) Write the binary version of the PVID to a file by using the octal
values. Each octal char is lead with a backslash-Zero “”. Do
not use spaces or any other characters except for the final c to
keep from issuing a hard return.

# echo "000022243344053311010363c" >/tmp/oldpvid

6) Verify that the binary pvid was written correctly. The origional
hex PVID should be seen AND the final address should be “0000010”
If EITHER of these is incorrect, try again, make sure there are no
spaces in the echo and the echo ends with a “c”.

# od -x /tmp/oldpvid
0000000 0012 a3e4 2bc9 08f3

7) Restore the PVID to the disk. You sould see 8 records in and out.
If there are more or less, restore the origional 4K block by using
the recovery method in step 1.

# cat /tmp/oldpvid | dd of=/dev/hdisk9 bs=1 seek=128
8+0 records in.
8+0 records out.

8) Verify that the PVID was written correctly

lquerypv -h /dev/hdisk9 80 10
00000080 0012A3E4 2BC908F3 00000000 00000000 |....+...........|

9) Reconfigure the disk definitions on all systems attaching to that disk.
The ODM information for that drive will NOT be updated until the
disk is removed and reconfigured. Until that reconfigure commands
like `lspv` will still be incorrect.


There are situations where we need to assign the Particular PVID to disk.

Tthe following steps will let us know those steps to assign the PVID of "abcdef12345678" to hdisk1

The following command to assign new PVID to new disk

root@test:/tmp> chdev -l hdisk1 -a pv=yes

The following command to clear old PVID

root@test:/tmp> chdev -l hdisk1 -a pv=clear
hdisk1 changed

root@test:/tmp> lspv | grep hdisk1
hdisk2          none                                None

root@test:/tmp> perl -e 'print pack("H*","abcdef12345678");' > /tmp/pvid

root@test:/tmp> # cat /tmp/pvid | dd of=/dev/hdisk1 bs=1 seek=128
8+0 records in.
8+0 records out.

root@test:/tmp> rmdev -dl hdisk1
hdisk2 deleted

root@test:/tmp> cfgmgr 

root@test:/tmp> lspv | grep hdisk1
hdisk1          abcdef12345678                    None



# DISK=hdisk2
# chdev -l $DISK -a pv=clear
hdisk2 changed

# lspv | grep hdisk2
hdisk2          none                                None

# perl -e 'print pack("H*","0123456789abcdef");' &gt; /tmp/pvid

# cat /tmp/pvid | dd of=/dev/$DISK bs=1 seek=128
8+0 records in.
8+0 records out.

# rmdev -dl $DISK
hdisk2 deleted

# cfgmgr

# lspv | grep $DISK
hdisk2          0123456789abcdef                    None

# mkvg -fy testvg hdisk2

# crfs -v jfs2 -g testvg -m /testfs -a size=20G
File system created successfully.
20970676 kilobytes total disk space.
New File System size is 41943040

# mount /testfs

# lspv $DISK -l
LV NAME               LPs     PPs     DISTRIBUTION          MOUNT POINT
fslv03                160     160     00..108..52..00..00   /testfs
loglv02               1       1       00..01..00..00..00    N/A


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