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Old 06-16-2006, 01:28 AM   #1
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Redhat Enterprise linux4 with RAID1 and GRUB

I tried to configure raid on existing linux working.
I used MDADM for configuring RAID1 for /boot and / partitions.
I configured RAID1 with existing / and /boot in degraded mode. Then I mounted hda1 and hda2 which are /boot and / respectively of current running system. Then I acopied entire contents of current /boot and / to new same partitions on another hdc which will be part of RAID1. Each time I checked status of /proc/mdstat for proper functioning of RAID (md0 for /boot and md1 for /).

I rebooted the system in single user mode and I added the partitions to RAID1 which I set earlier in degraded mode.
Till here everything was ok.

Then I configured /etc/grub.conf and modified entries as
#boot=/dev/hda1 ( I kept this entry as it is)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.9-5.EL ro root=/dev/md1 rhgb quiet
I then installed grub on each member harddisk with following method
#grub-install /dev/hda
Tried to install grub on other member disk but failed.
Then I added entries for new RAID 1 volumes in /etc/fstab fileas follows
/dev/md0 /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/md1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
and removed previous entries for / and /boot partitions.
At last I rebooted the system,But did not work resulting in Kernel Panic Error.

Please someone guide me as I have to implement this in a Redhat Enterprise4 server in the company.

Last edited by vedang; 06-16-2006 at 01:34 AM.
Old 06-16-2006, 02:13 AM   #2
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Trying to remember what steps I did to get the mirroring working under RHES. Anyhow, I forgot . If you need something quick, I would probably go with a re-installation of RHES and set up RAID1 during the install. Pretty simple.

Old 06-19-2006, 12:30 AM   #3
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Configuring RAID1 during installation is simple and quite possible.
But the server I have to configure RAID1 have a lat of data so I cannot take a risk of reinstalling it.
I have to configure RAID1 on existing partitions with no loss of data.
Old 06-19-2006, 11:59 AM   #4
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At a minimum, you need to remake the initrd image(s) using mkinitrd to provide raid1 support. Your old initrd image(s) do not have raid1 support built in, so it/they won’t boot a software raid1-based system .

Here is a description of moving CentOS4 to a raid1, which can be applied to most/all modern RedHat-based distros:

Look at post #9 for how to remake the initrd image, along with a detailed HowTo for doing the 1-disk to raid1 conversion..


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