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Re: [linux-lvm] raidtools/mdadm stability



On Thu, Feb 02, 2006 at 10:15:52AM -0600, Don Shesnicky wrote:
> Couple of quick questions on raidtools/mdadm if anyone cares to comment:
> 
> 1. In the raid faq it states "However, if you find raidtools cumbersome 
> or limited, mdadm (multiple devices admin) is an extremely useful tool 
> for running RAID systems. It can be used as a replacement for the 
> raidtools, or as a supplement." I want to mirror the root drives of a 
> RHEL4 ES U2 system, what's the prefered method for stability -
> raidtools, 
> mdadm or mdadm with raidtools. 

raidtools is obsolete, so mdadm.

> 2. I take it from a previous posting I can mirror my two root drives, 
> installed the MBRs and be good to go to boot off either drive, that 
> the mirror is not at the bit level and does not include the MBR?

The mirror is at the block device level, e.g. if your root fs is
/dev/sda1 then that's what you mirror.  So you could install an MBR
on sda and sdb for example.

> 3. Is RHEL4 ES Update2 generally stable or is there something that 
> could burn us here?

I have had no issues whatsoever with LVM or mdadm in RHEL3 or 4.
Apart from LVM snapshots, of course.

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