[CentOS] CentOS 4.4 lvm and drbd 0.8?

Johnny Hughes mailing-lists at hughesjr.com
Sun Mar 4 12:16:26 UTC 2007


On Fri, 2007-03-02 at 15:35 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
> Johnny Hughes wrote:
> > On Tue, 2007-02-27 at 00:20 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
> >> Johnny Hughes wrote:
> >>> I am not quite sure that drbd-8 is totally ready yet for prime time.
> >>> Not that I don't trust them (I use drbd in production and I love it),
> >>> but I want to wait for an 8.0.1 or 8.0.2 level before I move the
> >>> enterprise CentOS RPMS to that version.
> >>>
> >>> I would be open to producing some 8.0.0 rpms for testing ... though that
> >>> will probably need to wait until after CentOS 5 Beta is released.
> >> Could you get the same effect by running software RAID1 with one of the 
> >> drives connected via iscsi?
> > 
> > Provides the same effect as DRBD? ... not really ... as DRBD provides a
> > second machine in hot standby mode with a totally synced partition that
> > is ready to take over on a failure of the first machine.  If the first
> > computer blows up (power supply, hard drive crash, etc.), the second one
> > starts up and takes over with no down time (except the time it takes to
> > mount the partition and start the services on the new machine).
> 
> How is the mirror/sync different than RAID1, and how is DRBD's version
> different than you would have if you exported the 2nd machine's 
> partitions via iscsi and mirrored the live machine using md devices with 
> one local, one iscsi member for each?  If that is actually possible, I'd 
> expect those general purpose components too be much better tested and 
> more reliable than little-used code like DRBD.   Does DRBD have special 
> handling for updating slightly out-of-sync copies or does it have to 
> rebuild the whole thing if not taken down cleanly also?

I have no idea how it works, other than it uses the md device and raid 1
kernel code to mirror the drive/partition to a second machine ... and do
so in real time.  It uses heartbeat to create a cluster and does real
time failover.

It does not require rebuilding the whole device if shutdown
uncleanly ... it syncs from the last updated point.

My point was that the 0.8 (actually renamed 8.0.0) code was just
released.  The 0.6 and 0.7 code has been out and stable for quite
sometime and I have been using it for more than 2 years.
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