Red Hat Virtualization Host 4.4 randomly fails to boot, dropping in the dracut emergency shell

Solution Verified - Updated -


During boot, messages similar to the following appear:

- device-mapper: multipath: error getting device
- Timed out waiting for device dev-mapper-rhvh\x2dswap.device
- Warning - Starting timeout scripts

Boot ends up in the Emergency mode (dracut Emergency shell)


  • Red Hat Virtualization Host 4.4 (based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8)
  • Root volume on external storage, accessible via multiple paths (Boot-from-SAN environment)

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