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Xen 4.2.0 and DRBD

by on Nov.21, 2012, under Software

Now that Xen has deprecated the xm command and xend daemon, libxl is the way to go. However, libxl didn’t support external scripts for your block devices (like block-drbd) before version 4.2.0. Seems like that issue has been resolved, or at least as far as I care for now. However, with these changes I found that the block-drbd script (at least up until DRBD 8.4.2) still doesn’t work properly.

To save you some time debugging this shit, the problem is that the new xl stack forces the device type to be ‘phy‘ when a script is used. In the older versions xm/xend would report ‘drbd‘ to the block-drbd script as device type. Knowing this the fix for now is simple:

--- 2012-11-21 12:35:08.338180920 +0100
+++ block-drbd 2012-11-21 12:35:33.278642801 +0100
@@ -248,6 +248,8 @@

case $t in
+ phy)
+ ;&
drbd_role="$(/sbin/drbdadm role $drbd_resource)"
@@ -276,6 +278,8 @@

case $t in
+ phy)
+ ;&
p=$(xenstore_read "$XENBUS_PATH/params")

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DRBD 8.4.1 compiling the kernel module

by on Feb.09, 2012, under Software

In an attempt to try out the latest DRBD version (8.4.1 atm) on a new Xen installation, I ran into some issues.
Initially I built the kernel with the included DRBD module, but I soon realized that this version was older than I wanted to play with (the included version was 8.3.11), so I grabbed the source and tried to build it myself. (continue reading…)

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Xen, DRBD and live migration

by on Mar.10, 2011, under Software

Once again I have some new hardware that’s been labeled “Xen Server”.
This time I want to set it up in a way that brings some redudancy so we can actually have 1 server fail and still have our hosts up and running.
(or at least back up in a few minutes instead of several hours).
To achieve this goal I will install the latest version of Xen (which seems to be 4.01) and use DRBD with LVM for storage. (continue reading…)

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