High Availability Linux with Software RAID
Using a combination of software RAID and a recovery CD, a high availability Linux server can be set up and configured easily. It is conceivable that a drive could fail, putting the RAID into degraded mode, without the system administrator knowing immediately. A cron job could be created to periodically examine the /proc/mdstat file and send an e-mail or page if the RAID volumes were found to be in degraded mode.
After testing with VMware, I used the same technique outlined above to install Red Hat 8.0 on my physical machine. I also went through the same testing procedure on the physical machine, including failing a pure RAID drive, failing the first mixed RAID and native drive, restoring RAID volumes in degraded mode, booting of the recovery CD, rebuilding the native partition and installing the boot loader on the MBR. It worked flawlessly, and my system has been reborn as an HA server.
Webinar: 8 Signs You’re Beyond Cron
11am CDT, April 29th
Join Linux Journal and Pat Cameron, Director of Automation Technology at HelpSystems, as they discuss the eight primary advantages of moving beyond cron job scheduling. In this webinar, you’ll learn about integrating cron with an enterprise scheduler.Join us!
- DevOps: Better Than the Sum of Its Parts
- Return of the Mac
- Drupageddon: SQL Injection, Database Abstraction and Hundreds of Thousands of Web Sites
- Play for Me, Jarvis
- Non-Linux FOSS: .NET?
- Not So Dynamic Updates
- Designing Foils with XFLR5
- Users, Permissions and Multitenant Sites
- April 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: High-Performance Computing