[libvirt] [PATCH 0/1] NPIV support

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Wed Apr 8 09:10:46 UTC 2009

On Tue, Apr 07, 2009 at 05:16:30PM -0400, David Allan wrote:
> This patch implements NPIV support.  I don't have easy access to an
> NPIV capable switch at the moment, so this is all untested code at
> least from the perspective of whether it actually creates and deletes
> virtual adapters, but I thought I should get it out to the list for
> comment sooner rather than later.  I'll have a switch shortly.  If
> anybody has an NPIV capable test SAN and wants to test it as well, I'd
> much appreciate the feedback.  
> Note that libvirt doesn't do any sanity checking of the WWPN/WWNN.  It
> expects the kernel to verify that the names are valid and the calling
> application to verify that the names are appropriate for the fabric.
> The XML to create a pool and create the virtual adapter when the pool
> is started is:
> <pool type="scsi">
>   <name>npiv</name>
>   <source>
>     <adapter name="host6" wwpn="0000111122223333" wwnn="4444555566667777"/>

ACK, this looks good. We should try and arrange it so that when
resolving this, it matches on wwpn+wwnn as first choice if present,
and only falls back to adapter name if that fails, since wwpn+wwnn
offer far better stability

>   </source>
>   <target>
>     <path>/dev/disk/by-id</path>
>   </target>
> </pool>
> Stopping the pool deletes the vport.

I think we need to separate the action sof creating vs starting, and
stopping vs deleting. The storage pool API in fact already has the
suport for this separation, via the 'build' and 'delete' commands.

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