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Old 09-30-2011, 05:15 AM   #1
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Storage and backup considerations using kvm on Cent OS 6.0


Hi,

Some very newbie questions.

I have to move an old SCO-Unix server to a Cent OS 6.0 guest on a Cent OS 6.0 Host.
The space used on the SCO is 65 GB.

How shall i plan the storage ?
Make an image based guest of 100 GB an install on that ?
Or is LVM based better regarding performance ?
Should i allocate 100GB or 200 GB ? What is best ?

What about backup ? Should i take backup from the guest with tar/cpio or backup of the image file on the host ?

What is the preferable ?

Regards Thomas.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 10:36 AM   #2
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Hi Thomas

IMHO, the easiest way is by using tools like "dd" to create the whole disk image of your SCO installation and use that image for your guest disk. CloneZilla, a live Linux CD, could automate such work.

Regarding backups, it's up to you. Many people use "tar", but lately rsync is a popular choice too. Full image backup is a safe choice, but that takes really big space, especially if you don't compress it.
 
Old 10-03-2011, 02:03 AM   #3
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Hi, thanks.

Well, of-course we use rsync now-a-days.

But still concerning storage, I 'm in doubt if image files if slower than LVM-volumes...

Is it best to let the storage extend dynamically ?

Thomas
 
Old 10-04-2011, 01:36 PM   #4
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Hi Thomas....

Pardon me, maybe I don't really understand your question. Slower in what term?
 
Old 10-05-2011, 01:01 AM   #5
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I'm talking performance for the guest.

Is performance faster using LVM than image file in the host filesystem ?
 
Old 10-05-2011, 02:57 AM   #6
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There are benchmarks showing very little difference in terms of i/o performance between a lv backed virtual disk and a image file backed virtual disk. I expect the file system used will be a factor, as will fragmentation. Google for the benchmarks.

If you decide to use an image file, I would use a fixed sized image rather than a dynamically growing one to prevent over committing your disk space in the future.
 
Old 10-06-2011, 01:24 PM   #7
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Hi Thomas

Quote:
Originally Posted by ThomasRonshof View Post
I'm talking performance for the guest.

Is performance faster using LVM than image file in the host filesystem ?
I have no data in hand, so the following idea is entirely based on my guess:
just like Phil said, I think it's about the same (LVM based vs image file based). The key here I believe is more on which filesystem you use, both the one you use to format image file and the one that act as a host (in case of image file).

One thing that might speed up the access is that try to use extent based filesystem whenever possible, such as ext4 or JFS. Extent is a nice way to reduce fragmentation, reading as many as you can in one go.
 
  


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