[linux-lvm] LVM snapshots in a iSCSI and XenSource environment

malahal at us.ibm.com malahal at us.ibm.com
Tue Nov 20 17:29:10 UTC 2007

S. J. van Harmelen [svh at dds.nl] wrote:
> Now my thoughts where to take snapshots on the storage server. So that
> would mean I would take a snapshot of lv_storage. This should not be a
> problem. But what if virtual machine 2 crashes and has to be restored?
> In that case I cannot restore lv_storage with a dd command, because then
> all the data will be restored (lv_virtualmachine1 and
> lv_virtualmachine2, because they are both on lv_storage). So is it
> possible to "restore" only lv_virtualmachine2 when I took a snapshot of
> lv_storage?

I see, it is possible but a bit cumbersome. You should be able to run
LVM on the storage server on the restored/old data (LVM on top of LVM??) and
get the data for the lv_virtualmachine2 from the storage server to
XenSource (ftp/tar whatever method). Then, restore that data (tar
extract) at XenSource.

If things are NOT changing at the XenSource LVM, you could just "dd" on
the crashed LV, but things may go really bad otherwise.

Any better method(s)???

> I can see the PV and LV's Xen created on lv_storage on the storage
> server when I run pvs by the way...

Yes, you will see them but you want the storage server's LVM to NOT use
them under normal conditions.

BTW, for backup, you may want snapshot-origin target rather than snapshot
target directly..

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