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Trident - OpenShift pods stuck in containerCreating state due to iSCSI session authentication errors

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Applies to

  • Trident
  • SolidFire
  • OpenShift 4.4.13+
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS 4.5+
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2+


1. While provisioning pods with NetApp Trident PVCs, pods get stuck in a 'containerCreating' state due to the OpenShift worker nodes being unable to establish an iSCSI session with Element because of a hash algorithm mismatch

2. After upgrading to OpenShift 4.4.13+, existing pods with PVCs are unable to re-establish their iSCSI sessions

The following can be done to confirm this condition:

  • Trident creates the PVC as expected

[root@master k8s]# kubectl get pvc
NAME                           STATUS   VOLUME                                     CAPACITY   ACCESS MODES   STORAGECLASS   AGE
persistent-volume-claim-sf     Bound    pvc-7489898e-087b-4db0-b211-e5b254074d56   2Gi        RWO            sf-gold        46h

  • Running iscsiadm -m discovery on the worker node will show the portal is correctly discovered

[root@node-1 iscsi]# iscsiadm -m discovery via sendtargets

iscsiadm -m node will show the target correctly discovered

[root@node-1 iscsi]# iscsiadm -m node,1

  • However, iscsiadm -m session will not show any entries

[root@node-1 ~]# iscsiadm -m session
iscsiadm: No active sessions.

  • Reviewing /var/log/messages on the worker node where the pod resides will show the an authentication error while logging into the target

Jul 30 04:12:36 node-1 iscsid[1372]: iscsid: Login authentication failed with target
Jul 30 04:12:36 node-1 iscsid[1372]: iscsid: Kernel reported iSCSI connection 207:0 error (1020 - ISCSI_ERR_TCP_CONN_CLOSE: TCP connection closed) state (1)
Jul 30 04:12:41 node-1 iscsid[1372]: iscsid: Login failed to authenticate with target
Jul 30 04:12:41 node-1 iscsid[1372]: iscsid: session 207 login rejected: Initiator failed authentication with target
Jul 30 04:12:41 node-1 iscsid[1372]: iscsid: Connection207:0 to [target:, portal:,3260] through [iface: default] is shutdown.


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