[DRBD-user] The Problem of File System Corruption w/DRBD

Yanni M. gianni.milo22 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 3 21:20:58 CEST 2021

As others already mentioned the job of DRBD is to faithfully and accurately
replicate the data from the layers above it. So if there's a corruption on
the filesystem above the DRBD layer then it will happily do it for you,
same way as RAID1  would do it on a pair of hdds. If you want to reduce the
recovery time from such situation then you could leverage from the
snapshots capability on the layers below DRBD (if ThinLVM or ZFS are used),
to rollback at a previous checkpoint or implement HA at the layers above
DRBD if the application you are using supports it, it really depends on the
use case. That being said a filesystem corruption shouldn't be a common
thing and if it occurs you should investigate why it happened in the first

On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 22:50, Eric Robinson <eric.robinson at psmnv.com> wrote:

> Since DRBD lives below the filesystem, if the filesystem gets corrupted,
> then DRBD faithfully replicates the corruption to the other node. Thus the
> filesystem is the SPOF in an otherwise shared-nothing architecture. What is
> the recommended way (if there is one) to avoid the filesystem SPOF problem
> when clusters are based on DRBD?
> -Eric
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