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RE: GFS



For something like /home, though, an small NFS cluster would probably be way less of a hassle than a huge cluster and it would still eliminate the single point of failure.



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From: redhat-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Marti, Rob
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:26 AM
To: General Red Hat Linux discussion list
Subject: RE: GFS

Its at least a partial replacement - instead of a single box exporting an NFS share for a bunch of boxes to mount (IE single point of failure) you have each box mount it directly.

But yes, you need the clusterware installed and configured for gfs to be useable.

-----Original Message-----
From: redhat-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Kristoffer Knigga
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:24 AM
To: General Red Hat Linux discussion list
Subject: RE: GFS

I just took RH436 last week, so here is what I understand from that:

You must have a basic cluster set up to use GFS.  The reason being that everything using a shared file system like this must be able to communicate in order to negotiate locking.  If there was no such communication, you'd have the possibility of node1 and node2 trying to write the same block at the same time, and thus causing inconsistent data.  Red Hat Cluster Suite manages this communication to ensure everything is copasetic.

Shared storage + GFS is not a replacement for NFS.

Kris



-----Original Message-----
From: redhat-list-bounces redhat com [mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Ryan Golhar
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 3:50 PM
To: General Red Hat Linux discussion list
Subject: GFS

Has anyone successfully setup GFS?  I have SAN connected to several
computers by fibre, and it appears that GFS is the way to go as opposed
to use an NFS server.

Do I really need to set up all the other aspects of a Redhat cluster to
get GFS to work?  There doesn't seem to be a good HOW-TO of this
anywhere, and the RedHat docs are not as helpful as I would have liked.



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