Create an LVM software RAID level 1 (raid1)

Caution

This feature is available as Technology Preview. Use such configuration for testing and evaluation purposes only. For the Technology Preview feature definition, refer to Technology Preview features.

Warning

The EFI system partition partflags: ['esp'] must be a physical partition in the main partition table of the disk, not under LVM or mdadm software RAID.

During configuration of your custom bare metal host profile, you can create an LVM-based software RAID device raid1 by adding type: raid1 to the logicalVolume spec in BaremetalHostProfile.

Caution

The logicalVolume spec of the raid1 type requires at least two devices (partitions) in volumeGroup where you build a logical volume. For an LVM of the linear type, one device is enough.

Note

The LVM raid1 requires additional space to store the raid1 metadata on a volume group, roughly 4 MB for each partition. Therefore, you cannot create a logical volume of exactly the same size as the partitions it works on.

For example, if you have two partitions of 10 GiB, the corresponding raid1 logical volume size will be less than 10 GiB. For that reason, you can either set sizeGiB: 0 to use all available space on the volume group, or set a smaller size than the partition size. For example, use sizeGiB: 9.9 instead of sizeGiB: 10 for the logical volume.

The following example illustrates an extract of BaremetalHostProfile with / on the LVM raid1.

...
devices:
  - device:
      byName: /dev/sda
      minSizeGiB: 200
      type: hdd
      wipe: true
    partitions:
      - name: root_part1
        sizeGiB: 120
    partitions:
      - name: rest_sda
        sizeGiB: 0
  - device:
      byName: /dev/sdb
      minSizeGiB: 200
      type: hdd
      wipe: true
    partitions:
      - name: root_part2
        sizeGiB: 120
    partitions:
      - name: rest_sdb
        sizeGiB: 0
volumeGroups:
  - name: vg-root
    devices:
      - partition: root_part1
      - partition: root_part2
  - name: vg-data
    devices:
      - partition: rest_sda
      - partition: rest_sdb
logicalVolumes:
  - name: root
    type: raid1  ## <-- LVM raid1
    vg: vg-root
    sizeGiB: 119.9
  - name: data
    type: linear
    vg: vg-data
    sizeGiB: 0
fileSystems:
  - fileSystem: ext4
    logicalVolume: root
    mountPoint: /
    mountOpts: "noatime,nodiratime"
  - fileSystem: ext4
    logicalVolume: data
    mountPoint: /mnt/data

Warning

All data will be wiped during cluster deployment on devices defined directly or indirectly in the fileSystems list of BareMetalHostProfile. For example:

  • A raw device partition with a file system on it

  • A device partition in a volume group with a logical volume that has a file system on it

  • An mdadm RAID device with a file system on it

  • An LVM RAID device with a file system on it

The wipe field is always considered true for these devices. The false value is ignored.

Therefore, to prevent data loss, move the necessary data from these file systems to another server beforehand, if required.