Xsan: "fsmpm not running" message in Xsan Admin

Xsan Admin may display the message "fsmpm not running" for a computer that is a member of the Xsan.

Restarting the computer should resolve the issue.

If Xsan Admin continues to display the message, use the following steps:

  1. Quit Xsan Admin.
  2. On the affected computer, open Terminal.
  3. Execute these Terminal commands:
  4. sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.xsan.plist
    sudo launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.xsan.plist
  5. Open Xsan Admin.
  6. Verify that the computer is showing as "Ready". It may be a minute or two before this status appears

If Xsan Admin continues to display the message after you follow steps 1 through 5, the affected system may be missing its .auth_secret file. Since this file is not visible in the Finder, execute the following Terminal command to determine if it is present:

  • On OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion use:
    ls -a /Library/Preferences/Xsan
  • On Mac OS X v10.5 or Mac OS X v10.6 use:
    ls -a /Library/Filesystems/Xsan/config

If the .auth_secret file is missing from the appropriate directory, copy it from a functioning client or metadata controller to the affected system. After the file is in place, restart the affected system.

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