"Realtime File System Replication On FreeBSD" How reliable is it?

Steve Bertrand iaccounts at ibctech.ca
Fri Jun 1 22:25:35 UTC 2007

Antonio wrote:
> Hi all,
> I found this site with instructions to setup what is basically a network
> RAID-1:
> http://phaq.phunsites.net/2006/08/11/realtime-file-system-replication-on-freebsd/
> My question is:  What experience does anyone have using this solution on
> a production environment?
> I will appreciate any thoughts or advise you may provide.

I have used vinum for quite a while, never, ever had a problem. In fact,
in RAID-1, I had a motherboard and a disk fail simultaneously. I popped
the good drive into another box, and we were right back up after some
very minor modifications.

Of course, this is no solution to rotating backups though, but in
addition to it, it handles well, easy to set up, and easy to document
your setup.

I also use it on a backup machine that has 6 72GB SCSI drives to span
them together so that in addition to my tape backups, I have a 300GB
storage facility (running on an old CacheFlow 3000) that I run Amanda on
to hold my most critical information.

vinum (gvinum) has worked good for me for a good couple years, at least.


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