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5.5. Creating a Mirrored LVM Logical Volume in a Cluster

Creating a mirrored LVM logical volume in a cluster requires the same commands and procedures as creating a mirrored LVM logical volume on a single node. However, in order to create a mirrored LVM volume in a cluster the cluster and cluster mirror infrastructure must be running, the cluster must be quorate, and the locking type in the lvm.conf file must be set correctly to enable cluster locking, either directly or by means of the lvmconf command as described in Section 3.1, “Creating LVM Volumes in a Cluster”.
The following procedure creates a mirrored LVM volume in a cluster. First the procedure checks to see whether the cluster services are installed and running, then the procedure creates the mirrored volume.
  1. In order to create a mirrored logical volume that is shared by all of the nodes in a cluster, the locking type must be set correctly in the lvm.conf file in every node of the cluster. By default, the locking type is set to local. To change this, execute the following command in each node of the cluster to enable clustered locking:
    # /sbin/lvmconf --enable-cluster
  2. To create a clustered logical volume, the cluster infrastructure must be up and running on every node in the cluster. The following example verifies that the clvmd daemon is running on the node from which it was issued:
    [[email protected] ~]# ps auxw | grep clvmd
    root     17642  0.0  0.1 32164 1072 ?        Ssl  Apr06   0:00 clvmd -T20 -t 90
    The following command shows the local view of the cluster status:
    [[email protected] ~]# cman_tool services
    fence domain
    member count  3
    victim count  0
    victim now    0
    master nodeid 2
    wait state    none
    members       1 2 3
    dlm lockspaces
    name          clvmd
    id            0x4104eefa
    flags         0x00000000
    change        member 3 joined 1 remove 0 failed 0 seq 1,1
    members       1 2 3
  3. Ensure that the cmirror package is installed.
  4. Start the cmirrord service.
    [[email protected] ~]# service cmirrord start
    Starting cmirrord:                                         [  OK  ]
  5. Create the mirror. The first step is creating the physical volumes. The following commands create three physical volumes. Two of the physical volumes will be used for the legs of the mirror, and the third physical volume will contain the mirror log.
    [[email protected] ~]# pvcreate /dev/xvdb1
      Physical volume "/dev/xvdb1" successfully created
    [[email protected] ~]# pvcreate /dev/xvdb2
      Physical volume "/dev/xvdb2" successfully created
    [[email protected] ~]# pvcreate /dev/xvdc1
      Physical volume "/dev/xvdc1" successfully created
  6. Create the volume group. This example creates a volume group vg001 that consists of the three physical volumes that were created in the previous step.
    [[email protected] ~]# vgcreate vg001 /dev/xvdb1 /dev/xvdb2 /dev/xvdc1
      Clustered volume group "vg001" successfully created
    Note that the output of the vgcreate command indicates that the volume group is clustered. You can verify that a volume group is clustered with the vgs command, which will show the volume group's attributes. If a volume group is clustered, it will show a c attribute.
    [[email protected] ~]# vgs vg001
      VG       #PV #LV #SN Attr   VSize  VFree
      vg001      3   0   0 wz--nc 68.97G 68.97G
  7. Create the mirrored logical volume. This example creates the logical volume mirrorlv from the volume group vg001. This volume has one mirror leg. This example specifies which extents of the physical volume will be used for the logical volume.
    [[email protected] ~]# lvcreate -l 1000 -m1 vg001 -n mirrorlv /dev/xvdb1:1-1000 /dev/xvdb2:1-1000 /dev/xvdc1:0
      Logical volume "mirrorlv" created
    You can use the lvs command to display the progress of the mirror creation. The following example shows that the mirror is 47% synced, then 91% synced, then 100% synced when the mirror is complete.
    [[email protected] log]# lvs vg001/mirrorlv
      LV       VG       Attr   LSize Origin Snap%  Move Log           Copy%  Convert
      mirrorlv vg001    mwi-a- 3.91G                    vg001_mlog     47.00
    [[email protected] log]# lvs vg001/mirrorlv
      LV       VG       Attr   LSize Origin Snap%  Move Log           Copy%  Convert
      mirrorlv vg001    mwi-a- 3.91G                    vg001_mlog     91.00   
    [[email protected] ~]#  lvs vg001/mirrorlv
      LV       VG       Attr   LSize Origin Snap%  Move Log           Copy%  Convert
      mirrorlv vg001    mwi-a- 3.91G                    vg001_mlog    100.00
    The completion of the mirror is noted in the system log:
    May 10 14:52:52 doc-07 [19402]: Monitoring mirror device vg001-mirrorlv for events
    May 10 14:55:00 doc-07 lvm[19402]: vg001-mirrorlv is now in-sync
  8. You can use the lvs with the -o +devices options to display the configuration of the mirror, including which devices make up the mirror legs. You can see that the logical volume in this example is composed of two linear images and one log.
    [[email protected] ~]# lvs -a -o +devices
      LV                  VG         Attr   LSize  Origin Snap%  Move Log           Copy%  Convert Devices                                  
      mirrorlv            vg001      mwi-a-  3.91G                    mirrorlv_mlog 100.00         mirrorlv_mimage_0(0),mirrorlv_mimage_1(0)
      [mirrorlv_mimage_0] vg001      iwi-ao  3.91G                                                 /dev/xvdb1(1)                            
      [mirrorlv_mimage_1] vg001      iwi-ao  3.91G                                                 /dev/xvdb2(1)                            
      [mirrorlv_mlog]     vg001      lwi-ao  4.00M                                                 /dev/xvdc1(0)
    You can use the seg_pe_ranges option of the lvs to display the data layout. You can use this option to verify that your layout is properly redundant. The output of this command displays PE ranges in the same format that the lvcreate and lvresize commands take as input.
    [[email protected] ~]# lvs -a -o +seg_pe_ranges --segments
      PE Ranges                                      
      mirrorlv_mimage_0:0-999 mirrorlv_mimage_1:0-999


For information on recovering from the failure of one of the legs of an LVM mirrored volume, see Section 6.3, “Recovering from LVM Mirror Failure”.

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