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Dealing with performance issue at the customer site i found out that LUNs that had been created with SnapDrive (4.2.1 & 5) are misaligned.
The question is why the SnapDrive cretes LUNs that are missaligned?
What platform type was set for the LUNs? eg. vmware for vmfs etc.
it was set to windows.
Professional Services Engineer
I think I know what you're trying to say.
You created a LUN using SnapDrive for Windows (That's exactly same to create a LUN with host type 'Windows'), and checked the LUN's offset value from msinfo32. And msinfo32 says the offset is 32256.
You need not worry, when you set LUN's host type to 'Windows', WAFL allocated the 31.5KB to the 'special' block, so the NTFS volume started aligned although the msinfo32's offset is 31.5KB.
To make sure if it's aligned, you can check with perfmon Split IO/Sec counter (not sure) or using wafl_susp from Data ONTAP with Advanced privilege.
The main concern there that even that all LUNs supposed to be aligned correctly there are a lot of misaligned IO on them.
Could you give some more information here,what exactly do you mean by misalligned??
I am using document from the following link to recognize if there are missaligned I/O on specific LUNs and also if FS on the LUN is alligned correctly:
Snapdrive isn't necessarily causing the misaligned luns, its only sending commands to create the lun and manage it after creation. The article you mentioned has the explanation for the reasons why we could have misaligned luns.
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