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Sun Alert ID: 102815
Synopsis: SE3310/SE3320/SE3510/SE3511 Storage Arrays May
Experience Data Integrity Events
Product: Sun StorageTek 3510 FC Array, Sun StorEdge 3310 NAS
Array, Sun StorageTek 3320 SCSI Array, Sun
StorageTek 3511 SATA Array
Category: Data Loss, Availability
Date Released: 22-Feb-2007
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Sun(sm) Alert Notification
* Sun Alert ID: 102815
* Synopsis: SE3310/SE3320/SE3510/SE3511 Storage Arrays May Experience Data Integrity Events
* Category: Data Loss, Availability
* Product: Sun StorageTek 3510 FC Array, , Sun StorageTek 3320 SCSI Array, Sun StorageTek 3511 SATA Array
* BugIDs: 6511494
* Avoidance: Workaround
* State: Workaround
* Date Released: 22-Feb-2007
* Date Closed:
* Date Modified:
System panics and warning messages on the host Operating System may occur due to a filesystem reading and acting on incorrect data from the disk or a user application reading and acting on incorrect data from the array.
2. Contributing Factors
This issue can occur on the following platforms:
* Sun StorEdge 3310 (SCSI) Array with firmware version 4.11K/4.13B/4.15F (as delivered in patch 113722-10/113722-11/113722-15)
* Sun StorageTek 3320 (SCSI) Array with firmware version 4.15G (as delivered in patch 113730-01)
* Sun StorageTek 3510 3510 (FC) Array with firmware version 4.11I/4.13C/4.15F (as delivered in patch 113723-10/113723-11/113723-15)
* Sun StorageTek 3511 (FC) Array with firmware version 4.11I/4.13C/4.15F (as delivered in patch 113724-04/113724-05/113724-09)
The above raid arrays (single or double controller) with "Write Behind Caching" enabled on Raid 5 LUNs (or other raid level LUNs and an array disk administration action occurs), can return stale data when the i/o contains writes and reads in a very specific pattern. This pattern has only be observed in UFS metadata updates but could be seen in other situations.
Filesystem warnings and panics occur and with no indication of an underlying storage issue. For UFS these messages could include:
"panic: Freeing Free Frag"
: unexpected allocated inode XXXXXX, run fsck(1M) -o f
: unexpected free inode XXXXXX, run fsck(1M) -o f
This list is not exhaustive and other symptoms of stale data read might be seen.
Solution Summary Top
Disable the "write behind" caching option inside the array using your preferred array administration tool (sccli(1M) or telnet). This workaround can be removed on final resolution.
Use ZFS to detect (and correct if configured) the Data Integrity Events.
If not using a filesystem make sure your application has checksums and identity information embedded in its disk data so it can detect Data Integrity Events.
Migrating back to 3.X firmware is a major task and is not recommended.
A final resolution is pending completion.