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Re: [linux-lvm] Auto PV scan w/ LVM



On 3/26/2010 12:18 PM, Mike Snitzer wrote:
I'm not crystal clear on your use-case (e.g. the mechanics and
constraints of when the clone is presented to the backup, etc).

The process is basically this:

* Clone in 'sync' state so it is replicating block changes from the source. The clone LUN is still visible to the backup server, however both paths are 'failed' to multipathd * We fracture/break the clone which makes the clone LUN available to the backup server for IO * We mount LVs from the clone LUN on the backup server, run our backup job, unmount it * vgexport the clone LUN VG and remove it from our multipath list with 'multipath -f' * Tell the SAN to start syncing the clone to source again until we need to break it for another backup.

I basically need to find a nice way to make LVM ignore the clone disk on the backup system until I am ready to make use of it for a backup. multipathd sees it as failed during this time, but vgscan/pvscan, etc all hang. Maybe that is normal.

But the 'vgimportclone' command will enable you to make the cloned LUNs
distinct from the originals.  Does this help you?
The clone gets mounted on a different box to the source, so it's not important to me. I don't have a vgimportclone command on RHEL4, unless I need to install some additional packages.

David


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