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All IPMP interfaces are FAILED

All IPMP interfaces are FAILED

All IPMP interfaces are FAILED

Hi All,

What does it mean that all interfaces from a given IPMP group are in state FAILED?
How can I enable them?

e1000g0: flags=9040843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST,DEPRECATED,IPv4,NOFAILOVER> mtu 1500 index 2
        inet netmask ffffff00 broadcast
        groupname ipmp1
        ether 0:14:4f:86:c1:a8
e1000g0:1: flags=1000843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST,IPv4> mtu 1500 index 2
        inet netmask ffffff00 broadcast
e1000g1: flags=19040803<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,DEPRECATED,IPv4,NOFAILOVER,FAILED> mtu 1500 index 3
        inet netmask ffffff00 broadcast
        groupname ipmp1
        ether 0:14:4f:86:c1:a9
e1000g2: flags=19040803<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,DEPRECATED,IPv4,NOFAILOVER,FAILED> mtu 1500 index 4
        inet netmask ffffff00 broadcast
        groupname ipmp2
        ether 0:14:4f:86:c1:aa
e1000g2:1: flags=11000803<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,IPv4,FAILED> mtu 1500 index 4
        inet netmask ffffff00 broadcast
e1000g3: flags=19040803<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,DEPRECATED,IPv4,NOFAILOVER,FAILED> mtu 1500 index 5
        inet netmask ffffff00 broadcast
        groupname ipmp2
        ether 0:14:4f:86:c1:ab

RE: All IPMP interfaces are FAILED

BTW, the IPs from the failed group are not usable, i.e. I cannot ssh via those interfaces.


RE: All IPMP interfaces are FAILED

What messages do you have?

RE: All IPMP interfaces are FAILED

OK the way IPMP works is that it has the two test interfaces that UDP ping either the gateway IP (or up to 5 reachable nodes on the same VLAN, or hosts in the local routing table). If the gateway is not reachable OR is blocked from ICMP traffic then the intrfaces will fail and the floating IP will not be reachable.

        Ping    Ping
         /        \
 Test-Intf1     Test-Intf2
       ||         X
    FLOAT-IP <...>
Float-IP will be Attached to one or other of test intf's as long as it (Test_intf) can get a ping response from the gateway.

As soon as you can connect to the gateway your interfaces should change from Failed to online.

Its not really that simple though as if the default gateway is reachable when the server is booted and then becomes blocked (by a network rule) then you will not be able to bring the interfaces up  unless reboot and allow the IPMP to use another method like pinging the best of 5 local @IP's on the same network VLAN.

You can see what you IPMP (inmpathd) process is trying to ping if you snoop on the interfaces for UDP traffic and it will show you where its trying to reach.

You can disable and enable the IPMP interfaces with specific commands but again its not that simple (depending on what settings you have in the inmpathd.conf file.

If your networks were working before then your problem is most def that the gateway is refusing a UDP ping response check that first.

If you need more detail I'll do my best....  



RE: All IPMP interfaces are FAILED

You said all that when checking /var/adm/messages would likely show the problem?

RE: All IPMP interfaces are FAILED

@blarneyme ... yes correct, probably the var/adm/messages will provide an answer that many of us would understand but ..... I was trying to provide a high level process of analysis for "neuralnode" .... I find so many people that don't understand IPMP and its quite simple once you know the basics ;)


RE: All IPMP interfaces are FAILED

Thank you all, especially Laurie.

I do understand the basic concepts of IPMP, but I couldn't figure out why the entire IPMP group would fail, if the other can connect to the router with no problems, and both groups are in the same VLAN.

However, my innate laziness prevented me from looking in the messages, as some of you suggested. Here is what I found:

Dec 27 15:54:08 lotus4 e1000g: [ID 801725 kern.info] NOTICE: pciex8086,105e - e1000g[2] : Adapter copper link is down.
Dec 27 15:54:08 lotus4 in.mpathd[658]: [ID 215189 daemon.error] The link has gone down on e1000g2
Dec 27 15:54:08 lotus4 in.mpathd[658]: [ID 168056 daemon.error] All Interfaces in group ipmp2 have failed

This, IMHO, indicates some configuration or hardware problems on the switch, as I don't expect anyone to physically remove the cable.

Would you agree with my diagnosis?


RE: All IPMP interfaces are FAILED

Indeed your analysis sounds correct, Another thing is to see if the interface speed on your interfaces matches that of the switch port.

Maybe the switch port is up but someone changed the speed/duplex this could prevent your interface from negotiating.

We nail our interfaces up to 100 full Duplex unless its a cluster interconnect (directly connected between nodes) then we leave it at Gigabit ..

Anyway the process (for reference) to up and down an IPMP interface is as follows:

Depending on how you have your mpathd.conf set-up



Subject: OFF-LINE / ON-LINE a IPMP Interface

# if_mpadm -d e1000g2

Brings Interface ce8[:n] OFFLINE" ... that has the effect of pushing the Float IP across to any other working interface that is a member of the same IPMP group OK

BUT (depending on your config) then when you try to bring that interface back on-line with

# if_mpadm -r e1000g2

It will throw the error:

"Offline cannot be undone as failback has been disabled."
(our config says FAILBACK=no to save flip-flop) So to handle this you do ........

1) vi /etc/default/mpathd and change FAILBACK=no to FAILBACK=yes

2) ps -ef | grep mpath to find this  ...

 root 28267  1  0 17:48:38 ?   0:00  /usr/lib/inet/in.mpathd -a

3) kill -HUP 28267

# if_mpadm -d e1000g2

You Intf should now be back on-line ..
Then restore the mpathd file to FAILBACK=no and HUP the process again.

I assume you have a simple script to test your interface speed[s]?




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