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Re: [linux-lvm] Add a disk from remote node to LVM



On 05/07/2014 12:04 PM, Mahmood Naderan wrote:



How do you mean "remote drive" exactly? What type is it - is it iscsi, nbd...?

There are two nodes in a single rack. Each has 4 slots for SATAII disks. Current configuration is


N1: /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, /dev/sdd where the last three (b, c, d) are grouped in in a single LVM volume.


N2: /dev/sda, /dev/sdb where the last one (b) is free and I want to add it to the LVM of N1.

Each node is running an independent operating system (scientific linux)Currently /dev/sdb on N2 is not shared.
> I have just format it as ext4 (which is the same format as the LVM of N1).

In any case keep in mind node N2 would need to be up and running all the time or you risk rendering N1 inoperable while N2 has outage or is broken - depending on which data would be stored at N2.

I suggest either:

- using RAID[156] to make the remote drive (temporary) dispensable.

- making the PV non-allocatable by default and enable it only when allocating LVs manually for data you do not need all the time - for example you do not want your root filesystem corrupted while unavailable but that may be acceptable for backup copies (but NFS may be sufficient solution for that.)

Another option would be to use distributed filesystem like Gluster which was designed to keep data spread over bunch of nodes while ensuring redundancy but I understand it was designed to work with larger number of nodes and I am not sure how efficient that would be on 2 nodes as you are describing.

-- Martian





But essentially, you need to connect the remote drive first and then do a pvcreate and vgextend.

Should I run these commands on N1 or N2?

Regards,
Mahmood

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