[linux-lvm] LVM snapshots in a iSCSI and XenSource environment
S. J. van Harmelen
svh at dds.nl
Fri Nov 23 08:27:06 UTC 2007
On Tue, 2007-11-20 at 09:29 -0800, malahal at us.ibm.com wrote:
> 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)???
Would it also work when I create lv_storage, take a snapshot of it and
then when I need to restore a virtual machine I tempararly export the
snapshot true iSCSI to the Xen server.
Then on the Xen server I should see the PV and LV's Xen created both on
the real iSCSI exported disk, as the exported snapshot from the storage
server. So then I should be able to do a dd from one lv to the other,
> > 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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