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MSA 5052 - Recreating pool A, data and vms on pool B

 
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Spartanmk2
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MSA 5052 - Recreating pool A, data and vms on pool B

I have 2 SSD's and 20 10k SAS drives in my 2052 and I currently am not happy with how I initially set this up.

I created a rather large 14+1 raid 5 array that I would like to redo. I have a small raid 5 group in my pool B that i'm using to move vm's off pool A to.

My plan is to move everything from pool A to pool B, blow away pool A, recreate it with 2 SSD's in raid 1 with 10 disks in raid 10, move my vm's back to pool A, then delete pool B and recreate it with 8+1 raid 5 and 1 global spare.

Would deleting and recreating pool A affect anything on pool B?

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HPSDMike
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Re: MSA 5052 - Recreating pool A, data and vms on pool B

Sounds like a good plan! Of course, always have a backup but your plan sounds solid. Removing everything in pool A will not effect what is in Pool B.


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HPSDMike
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Re: MSA 5052 - Recreating pool A, data and vms on pool B

Also, I think you have already learned this, based on the posting, but make sure you are setting up the MSA in a way that you will continue to grow it. In general, it works best, to have similar resources and configuration on each controller and you would grow by staggering upgrade increments between each controller. However, many people do elect to have different RAID types, disk types, or set sizes between the pools and there can be good use cases for this. 

 

So, in your setup: First, with RAID5/6, you want to follow a "power of 2" data disk in your RAID set if possible. With an 8+1, you are already doing that so you are good to go there. The expectation here is that, the next time you need capacity in Pool B, you would add another 8+1 set and continue that on Pool B as necessary. On the A side then the expectation is that you'd grow that out in 10 disk RAID 10 upgrade increments. Mixing set sizes, or RAID types, within a tier of disks in the pool, can produce inconsistent performance. So, if you can keep these upgrade increments going forward, then you should be all set.   



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Spartanmk2
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Re: MSA 5052 - Recreating pool A, data and vms on pool B

Thank you for the response.

I forgot to add that the SSDs are 800gb, and the HDDs are 1.8TB.