Please also consider a case when a single iSCSI target has several LUNs and you 
remove one of them.
In this case you should not logout.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> on behalf of Nelson Lameiras 
Date: Friday, 3 March 2017 at 20:55
To: Nir Soffer <>
Cc: users <>
Subject: Re: [ovirt-users] best way to remove SAN lun

Hello Nir,

I think I was not clear in my explanations, let me try again :

we have a oVirt cluster with multiple hosts (centos 7.2).
In this cluster, we added a SAN volume (iscsi) a few months ago directly in GUI
Later we had to remove a DATA volume (SAN iscsi). Below the steps we have taken 

1- we migrated all disks outside the volume (oVirt)
2- we put volume on maintenance (oVirt)
3- we detach volume (oVirt)
4- we removed/destroyed volume (oVirt)

In SAN :
5- we put it offline on SAN
6- we delete it from SAN

We thought this would be enough, but later we has a serious incident when log 
partition went full (partially our fault) :
/var/log/messages was continuously logging that it was still trying to reach 
the SAN volumes (we have since taken care of the issue of log space issue => 
more aggressive logrotate, etc)

The real solution was to add two more steps, using shell in ALL hosts :
4a - logout from SAN : iscsiadm -m node --logout -T iqn.XXXXXXXX
4b - remove iscsi targets : rm -fr /var/lib/iscsi/nodes/iqn.XXXXXXXXX

This effectively solved our problem, but was fastidious since we had to do it 
manually in all hosts (imagine if we had hundreds of hosts...)

So my question was : shouldn't it be oVirt job to system "logout" and "remove 
iscsi targets" automatically when a volume is removed from oVirt ? maybe not, 
and I'm missing something?

cordialement, regards, 

Ingénieur Systèmes et Réseaux / Systems and Networks engineer 
Tel: +33 5 32 09 09 70 | 


Lyra Network, 109 rue de l'innovation, 31670 Labège, FRANCE

----- Original Message -----
From: "Nir Soffer" <>
To: "Nelson Lameiras" <>
Cc: "Gianluca Cecchi" <>, "Adam Litke" 
<>, "users" <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:27:26 AM
Subject: Re: [ovirt-users] best way to remove SAN lun

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 9:03 AM, Nelson Lameiras
<> wrote:
> Hello,
> Not sure it is the same issue, but we have had a "major" issue recently in 
> our production system when removing a ISCSI volume from oVirt, and then 
> removing it from SAN.

What version? OS version?

The order must be:

1. remove the LUN from storage domain
    will be available in next 4.1 release. in older versions you have
to remove the storage domain

2. unzone the LUN on the server

3. remove the multipath devices and the paths on the nodes

> The issue being that each host was still trying to access regularly to the 
> SAN volume in spite of not being completely removed from oVirt.

What do you mean by "not being completely removed"?

Who was accessing the volume?

> This led to an massive increase of error logs, which filled completely 
> /var/log partition,

Which log was full with errors?

> which snowballed into crashing vdsm and other nasty consequences.

You should have big enough /var/log to avoid such issues.

> Anyway, the solution was to manually logout from SAN (in each host) with 
> iscsiadm and manually remove iscsi targets (again in each host). It was not 
> difficult once the problem was found because currently we only have 3 hosts 
> in this cluster, but I'm wondering what would happen if we had hundreds of 
> hosts ?
> Maybe I'm being naive but shouldn't this be "oVirt job" ? Is there a RFE 
> still waiting to be included on this subject or should I write one ?

We have RFE for this here:

But you must understand that ovirt does not control your storage server,
you are responsible to add devices on the storage server, and remove
them. We are only consuming the devices.

Even we we provide a way to remove devices on all hosts, you will have
to remove the device on the storage server before removing it from
hosts. If not, ovirt will find the removed devices again in the next
scsi rescan,
and we do lot of these to support automatic discovery of new devices
or resized devices.


> cordialement, regards,
> Ingénieur Systèmes et Réseaux / Systems and Networks engineer
> Tel: +33 5 32 09 09 70
> |
> Lyra Network, 109 rue de l'innovation, 31670 Labège, FRANCE
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Nir Soffer" <>
> To: "Gianluca Cecchi" <>, "Adam Litke" 
> <>
> Cc: "users" <>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:32:18 PM
> Subject: Re: [ovirt-users] best way to remove SAN lun
> On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:25 PM, Gianluca Cecchi
> <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 6:10 PM, Nir Soffer <> wrote:
>>> This is caused by active lvs on the remove storage domains that were not
>>> deactivated during the removal. This is a very old known issue.
>>> You have remove the remove device mapper entries - you can see the devices
>>> using:
>>>     dmsetup status
>>> Then you can remove the mapping using:
>>>     dmsetup remove device-name
>>> Once you removed the stale lvs, you will be able to remove the multipath
>>> device and the underlying paths, and lvm will not complain about read
>>> errors.
>>> Nir
>> OK Nir, thanks for advising.
>> So what I run with success on the 2 hosts
>> [root@ovmsrv05 vdsm]# for dev in $(dmsetup status | grep
>> 900b1853--e192--4661--a0f9--7c7c396f6f49 | cut -d ":" -f 1)
>> do
>>    dmsetup remove $dev
>> done
>> [root@ovmsrv05 vdsm]#
>> and now I can run
>> [root@ovmsrv05 vdsm]# multipath -f 3600a0b80002999020000cd3c5501458f
>> [root@ovmsrv05 vdsm]#
>> Also, with related names depending on host,
>> previous maps to single devices were for example in ovmsrv05:
>> 3600a0b80002999020000cd3c5501458f dm-4 IBM     ,1814      FAStT
>> size=2.0T features='2 pg_init_retries 50' hwhandler='1 rdac' wp=rw
>> |-+- policy='service-time 0' prio=0 status=enabled
>> | |- 0:0:0:2 sdb        8:16  failed undef running
>> | `- 1:0:0:2 sdh        8:112 failed undef running
>> `-+- policy='service-time 0' prio=0 status=enabled
>>   |- 0:0:1:2 sdg        8:96  failed undef running
>>   `- 1:0:1:2 sdn        8:208 failed undef running
>> And removal of single path devices:
>> [root@ovmsrv05 root]# for dev in sdb sdh sdg sdn
>> do
>>   echo 1 > /sys/block/${dev}/device/delete
>> done
>> [root@ovmsrv05 vdsm]#
>> All clean now... ;-)
> Great!
> I think we should have a script doing all these steps.
> Nir
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