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Brocade fencing with GFS2 and root on SAN

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B Cave
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Brocade fencing with GFS2 and root on SAN

hi,

I have an EVA4400 with a few servers. each server has a private dedicated vdisk assigned to it. This is formatted for its / fs (ext3). /boot and swap is on local disk. Each server also has 2nd and 3rd vdisks presented to them.

I am considering using brocade fencing (have a brocade switch), but am concerned that brocade fencing for the shared storage will also block my "/" filesystem - should i just stick to gnbd?
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Ivan Ferreira
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Re: Brocade fencing with GFS2 and root on SAN

>>> This is formatted for its / fs (ext3). /boot and swap is on local disk.

Ok, your / is on local disks.

>>> but am concerned that brocade fencing for the shared storage will also block my "/" filesystem

Why do you think that if you / is on local disks? Besides, if a node is fenced, there is a reason for that, in fact, is better if you have a power switch or a ILO fencing also to reboot the node.
Por que hacerlo dificil si es posible hacerlo facil? - Why do it the hard way, when you can do it the easy way?
B Cave
Advisor

Re: Brocade fencing with GFS2 and root on SAN

each server has a private dedicated vdisk presented to it - this is formatted for its root filesystem - so / is on SAN.

/boot - /dev/cciss/c0d0p1 (local)
swap - /dev/cciss/c0d0p2 (local
/ - /dev/sda1 (SAN,unshared, ext3)
/gfs/storage - /dev/sdb1 (SAN, shared, GFS)

Now if 1 node gets fenced, it is done by san - so server would basically crash?
The data on GFS is a cache for a custom application - has data that can easily be regenerated. if it is fenced, how would it go about recovering?
Ivan Ferreira
Honored Contributor
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Re: Brocade fencing with GFS2 and root on SAN

Ok, now I understand.

Normally is good idea to have / on local disks also. But in this case, yes, fencing will block access to your root file system and your server will crash.

>> if it is fenced, how would it go about recovering?

First, you must know the cause of the fencing. Once you are sure that the problem was solved, you must manually enable the sanswitch port with portenable.
Por que hacerlo dificil si es posible hacerlo facil? - Why do it the hard way, when you can do it the easy way?
B Cave
Advisor

Re: Brocade fencing with GFS2 and root on SAN

ok, great thanks.

busy looking for info on how ilo fencing works.