VINUM Disaster Recovery
weyrich_comp at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 5 19:16:08 PST 2004
I have a 10 disk VINUM configuration and two of the
disks are trashed. In theory there is still enough
redundant information to get things working again
without data loss.
Vinum has detected a configuration error (duh -- two
disks are toast, plus in recovery I accidently created
two more plexes) and taken upon itself to stop
configuration updates to prevent any further
corruption (thanks! :-).
At this point I have looked at
have run a command like the following:
( dd if=/dev/da9s1e skip=8 count=50 | tr -d
'\000-\011\200-\377' ; echo ) > da9s1e.log
on all 10 disks to obtain a file containing each
disk's on-disk configuration. As hoped, eight of the
disks show an output similar to the attached file
da1s1e.log (differing only as expected in the first
See attached flog file for a sample output.
PLEASE HELP CONFIRM MY PLAN (FOLLOWING) FOR PROCEEDING
-- I DO NOT WANT TO DO ANYTHING DISASTEROUS.
My thought is that I need to turn on updates, then
delete the two unwanted plexes raid.p2 and
raid.p3(which were accidentally created), detach the
corrupt sdisks, and then hopefully VINUM will forget
about the two disks that are toast (or do I somehow
have to tell VINUM to forget the disks?).
My plan is as follows:
First, selectively start vinum:
vinum -> read /dev/da1s1e /dev/da2s1e /dev/da3s1e
/dev/da4s1e /dev/da5s1e /dev/da6s1e /dev/da7s1e
Second, enable configuration updates:
Third, save the configuration:
Fourth, stop and remove the two unwanted plexes and
all attached subdisks:
vinum->stop -f raid.p3
vinum->stop -f raid.p2
vinum->rm -r raid.p3
vinum->rm -r raid.p2
Fifth, stop and detach the corruped subdisks:
vinum->stop -f raid.p0.s0
vinum->stop -f raid.p0.s9
vinum->stop -f raid.p1.s4
vinum->stop -f raid.p1.s5
At this point I expect to have a functional volume
that can be mounted and backed up, prior to the next
step of reinstalling the crashed disks, creating new
subdisks, attaching them to the plexes, and
PLEASE CONFIRM MY APPROACH OR TELL ME WHERE I AM
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