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All connectivity (data and management) is lost to a Sun Storedge 35XX / 33XX arrays. Both controller status LED's are Blinking green (Doc ID 1017618.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

Applies to:

Sun Storage 3510 FC Array - Version Not Applicable and later
Sun Storage 3310 Array - Version Not Applicable and later
Sun Storage 3511 SATA Array - Version Not Applicable and later
Sun Storage 3320 SCSI Array - Version Not Applicable and later
All Platforms


This document will explain the symptoms and resolution for a total loss of connectivity to a Sun StorEdge 3X00 array. The problem has become known as a "race condition".  The array goes into a state, where both controllers assume a role of primary. You know this has occurred when:


The cause can also be seen in single raid controller arrays SE3310, SE3510 and SE3511.


An incorrect NVSRAM 3.2.X exists on 4.X NVSRAM Raid Controller. Which prevents a crossload of Raid Controller firmware and NVSRAM from the primary to secondary controller during a power on sequence or  a controller reset (initiated by an sscli command "sscli> reset controller")


This problem can be attributed to either an improper controller firmware upgrade, or may occur when a 3.2.X controller was installed in a 4.X array. Specifically, there is an NVRAM mismatch somewhere between the NVRAM on the controllers.


Troubleshooting Steps

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