I needed to setup the 8.3 simulator from scratch today because my last weeks setup suddenly went into a core dump when entering licenses. After reboot the Cluster Management LIF was gone. I decided to re-setup the whole thing and after one our of uptime, licenses were already entered, nothing else setup so far it core-dumped again. And again Cluster-LIF was gone. This makes it unusable so far.
I use VMWare Workstation 8.0.1 on Win7, cDOT 8.2 and 7dot Simulators are running fine for a long time.
Did you expand the volume as well, or just add them to the aggr? The panic is in VHA_DISK_MAIN. VHA is Virtual Host Adapter, which is the data disk model used in the standard vsims. so its related to the FOD simdisk code, hence still thinking its a vol full or related problem with the simdisk subsystem.
I'd rebuild with 4gb sim disks. Seems stable enough at that size.
Not sure if it is relevant, but I went back to a snapshot before adding the SSD pools, and everything is fine. (Except I couldn't restore with SMVI, because the vSIM discs are IDE's).
So it appears that as long as you don't try to use FlashPools, it may be okay. FlashPools won't buy anything on the simulator, but it would have been nice to test it.
BTW, I found one more issue with the vSIM cluster. If you lose node 01, node 02 will not take over the cluster management port, it appears it develops in to a split brain. Same thing happens if you boot both nodes simultaneously. My solution is to bring up node 01 first, then node 02.
If you halt the one with epsilon, or neither have epsilon, thats the behaviour I would expect.
Back on the ADP front, I tried partitioning a simdisk by hand. Partitioning succeeds but then it gets marked as unowned, and ownership assignment fails. Which leads back to thinking the vha simulated disk code doesn't know how to cope with a partitioned disk file.
Right, which is why in a 2 node cluster you set cluster ha -configured true. That disables the epsilon mechanism and uses good old HA.
A closer functional model would be a 4 node vsim cluster. There you can lose any 1 node, even the one with epsilon, and maintain quorum. The vserver root vols would also need to be on surviving nodes, because we don't have SFO either in this type of simulation.
The downloads are still RC1. I've tried it on RC2 and ssd pools still didn't work. I would be really surprised if the vha code gets any attention before GA.