Hey... first of all I wish you a happy new year, hope you had a nice party... Sorry for my absence from the list, I spent some nice days in the mountains I thought about the "stacked" approach. First I didn't even want to think about a solution like this, but why not give it a try. I will take quite the same configuration like Ty and try on a Cluster. If it's stable and fast enough with some basic I/O testing then I will try with two different fabrics and make tests with some real applications. You will definitely hear if I have success (or not) Thanks for your help Regards Mathias > -----Original Message----- > From: linux-lvm-bounces redhat com > [mailto:linux-lvm-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Matt P > Sent: Freitag, 29 Dezember, 2006 00:25 > To: LVM general discussion and development > Subject: Re: [linux-lvm] Mirror between different SAN fabrics > > That's exactly the steps I used to test it out. The failure I > encountered was at the point of adding the StripeLVs to the > MirrorVG. I don't recall the error I got but I seem to recall > it being the same error as if the PV hadn't been pvcreated. > Although when I went through the process again just now, > without any errors... It's quite likely I mistyped or skipped > a step during my first attempt... > > I've gone through the whole process 4 times now from raw disk > to a mirrored LV without getting the error again. > > It looks as though this could work and isn't nearly as crazy > as my initial configuration. I wonder now if anything wonky > will happen if we were to lose a disk or in the original post > if we lost one of the fabrics... > > > On 12/28/06, Ty! Boyack <ty nrel colostate edu> wrote: > > Actually, I'm quite surprised that this approach > mangles the lvm data. > It seems that when you do a pvcreate on a block device, > LVM should (and > I think, does) write the lvm metadata in a region of > that device, and > then never let anything touch that metadata. This way, > if you do a 'dd > if=/dev/zeros of=<PV-DEVICE>' it blanks out the device, > but the metadata > is intact. > > So, if you do a 'pvcreate' on an LV, it should contain > a second copy of > the metadata, unique and independent from the first > copy on the original > block device. My tests on this has worked fine > (although my tests have > been for building two VGs that have striped volumes > across the member > disks, and then a VG that creates a mirrored LV of the > striped volumes, > so no multipathing is involved). I'm wondering if we > can compare notes > to see if I'm doing something that makes it look like > it's working -- I > don't want to be quietly destroying my lvm data and not > knowing it!!! > > I'm doing (roughly, block devices are a bit made-up): > > # prepare the physical volumes > pvcreate /dev/sda > pvcreate /dev/sdb > pvcreate /dev/sdc > pvcreate /dev/sdd > pvcreate /dev/sde > > # Create volume groups to contain uniquely striped volumes > vgcreate Stripe1VG /dev/sda /dev/sdb > vgcreate Stripe2VG /dev/sdc /dev/sdd > > # Create the striped volumes > lvcreate -i 2 -n Stripe1LV -L 1G Stripe1VG > lvcreate -i 2 -n Stripe2LV -L 1G Stripe2VG > > # Make the striped volumes into PVs > pvcreate /dev/Stripe1VG/Stripe1LV > pvcreate /dev/Stripe2VG/Stripe2LV > > # Create the volume group for mirrored volumes > vgcreate MirrorVG /dev/Stripe1VG/Stripe1LV > /dev/Stripe2VG/Stripe2LV /dev/sde > # (Had to use three PVs to have the mirror log in place) > > # Create the mirrored volume > lvcreate -m 1 -n Mirror1LV -L 500M MirrorVG > > # Filesystem, test, etc. this will be GFS eventually, > but testing with > ext3 for now. > mke2fs -j -i16384 -v /dev/MirrorVG/Mirror1LV > mkdir /mnt/mirror1lv > mount /dev/MirrorVG/Mirror1LV /mnt/mirror1 > > > > Is that about your procedure as well? When does the > lvm data get mangled? > > (Sorry if this is going off topic - but if this is > solvable it might > actually answer the original question...) > > -Ty! > > > > > Matt P wrote: > > This is basically the "messy" way I mentioned in my > reply above. I > > found if you pvcreate the LV device, you end up > mangling the lvm data > > (this probably comes as little surprise) and it > breaks down after > > that. So, I ended up using losetup and an "image > file", one for/on > > each fabric. Then did pvcreate on each loop device, > and made a new VG > > containing both PVs and created the LV with mirroring.... It > > worked.... I did no performance, stability, or > failure testing... > > > -- > -===========================- > Ty! Boyack > NREL Unix Network Manager > ty nrel colostate edu > (970) 491-1186 > -===========================- > > _______________________________________________ > linux-lvm mailing list > linux-lvm redhat com > https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/linux-lvm > <https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/linux-lvm> > read the LVM HOW-TO at http://tldp.org/HOWTO/LVM-HOWTO/ > > > > Sicherheitshinweis: Dieses E-Mail von PostFinance ist signiert. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter: https://www.postfinance.ch/e-signature. Geben Sie Ihre Sicherheitselemente niemals Dritten bekannt.
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