[DRBD-user] Some aclaration on DRBD functionality
drbd at bobich.net
drbd at bobich.net
Mon Feb 18 16:09:30 CET 2008
On Mon, 18 Feb 2008, Pablo Gómez wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I am new here, being reading for a while, set up DRBD and tested it and
> I get some doubts regarding of the suitability of DRBD for my problem.
> After my tests, I understand that DRBD autosyncs a (previously written
> with valuable data) partition and gives the posibility of mounting in a
> single system from a cluster. Read and Write by a single system,
> automatically sync'ed by other(s), while it is not mounted, or usable.
> (Am I right?, or I am seeing only a part of the capabilities?)
> My main question: is there any possibility of using a DRBD partition as
> R/W for everyone (in the cluster?)
> I am using 8.0.6 on SuSE 10.3
Yes, it's supposed to be able to do that. I've been trying to get the same
thing to work (CentOS5, DRBD 8.0.11, GFS), but there appear to be
1) When mounting GFS off a syncing DRBD on the machine that's catching up,
it throws up errors about detecting a concurrent remote write, which
causes DLM and GFS to abort and the machine leaves the cluster.
2) The performance on accessing the FS even with just a single node being
up appears to be heavily degraded in 8.0.11 compared to DRBD 8.0.6.
3) I had managed to get both nodes to come up with DRBD 8.0.6 and mount
GFS correctly, but soon afterward, GFS corruption was detected (without
any signifficant concurrent disk load). I had to fsck the GFS volume to
fix it before it was usable again.
I can forward you my drbd.conf if that's of interest.
I suspect the underlying cause is that DRBD, when operating in
primary/primary mode, when it detects that one mirror isn't up to date
upon connecting to the resource, degrades one node down to secondary while
the resyncs. Is it safe under such circumstances to:
drbdadm primary <resource>
on the node that is catching up, and mount the FS while the resync is in
progress? Or is it necessary to wait until resync is complete before
mounting the volume on the syncing node?
More information about the drbd-user