[linux-lvm] Sharing volumes via SAN?

Adam D. Morley adam-software-linux-lvm at gmi.com
Mon Apr 9 18:29:59 UTC 2007


I'd like to share LVM volumes hosted on a SAN between two systems.  I do
not want to mount at the same time (ie: GFS), but rather I just want
to be able to swap them between hosts.  I'm assuming this is possible
now by simply assigning SAN LUNs to both systems, but I don't see
much talk of about a piece of LVM that handles knowing which host
"owns" a given LV.

Background: In Solaris, when using Sun's VM, one can create a shared
diskset which is seen by two hosts, but only one can do IO against the
volumes at a given time.  Solaris also implements a forcible take
mechanism which allows the passive host to take the volumes from the
active host, panicing the active host out.  Regular takes are also
implemented, to allow the volumes to migrate between hosts if first
released by the active host.

It doesn't seem like LVM does this out of the box, probably because it
lacks a built-in lock manager.  If it does, could someone point me to a
resource that shows how it works?

In the event LVM doesn't do this, is this something that CLVM will do?
Was there ever a version of CLVM for the 2.4.x kernel series?



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