I am running ONTap 8.1. I have a Windows Server 2003 machine running DSM 3.5. We are using FCP. ALUA is enabled on the igroup.
On a Windows Server 2008 host, I see the paths for all virtual disks listed with an Operational State of Active/Optimized or Active/Non-Optimized. The Optimized paths are preferred and the Non-Optimized paths are not preferred. This is what I expected to see.
However, I also have a Windows Server 2003 host that shows its paths as Active/Optimized and Active. All of the paths, both Active/Optimized and those listed as Active, are listed as preferred. This is not what I expected to see. This host, however, has some disk partitions that are mounted to folders versus being assign a drive letter. With partitions mounted to folders, is it expected to see Active and Active/Optimized paths as opposed to Active/Optimized and Active/Non-Optimized paths?