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9 Managing RADOS Block Devices Edit source

To list all available RADOS Block Devices (RBDs), click Block › Images from the main menu.

The list shows brief information about the device, such as the device's name, the related pool name, size of the device, number and size of objects on the device.

List of RBD Images
Figure 9.1: List of RBD Images

9.1 Viewing Details about RBDs Edit source

To view more detailed information about a device, click its row in the table:

RBD Details
Figure 9.2: RBD Details

9.2 Viewing RBD's Configuration Edit source

To view detailed configuration of a device, click its row in the table and then the Configuration tab in the lower table:

RBD Configuration
Figure 9.3: RBD Configuration

9.3 Creating RBDs Edit source

To add a new device, click Add in the top left of the table heading and do the following on the Create RBD screen:

Adding a New RBD
Figure 9.4: Adding a New RBD
  1. Enter the name of the new device. Refer to Section 2.11, “Naming Limitations” for naming limitations.

  2. Select the pool with the 'rbd' application assigned from which the new RBD device will be created.

  3. Specify the size of the new device.

  4. Specify additional options for the device. To fine-tune the device parameters, click Advanced and enter values for object size, stripe unit, or stripe count. To enter Quality of Service (QoS) limits, click Quality of Service and enter them.

  5. Confirm with Create RBD.

9.4 Deleting RBDs Edit source

To delete a device, click its row in the table and select Delete in the top left of the table heading. Confirm the deletion with Delete RBD.

Tip: Moving RBDs to Trash

Deleting an RBD is an irreversible action. If you Move to Trash instead, you can restore the device later on by selecting it on the Trash tab of the main table and clicking Restore in the top left of the table heading.

9.5 RADOS Block Device Snapshots Edit source

To create a RADOS Block Device snapshot, click the device's table row and in the Snapshots tab below the main table, click Create in the top left of the table heading. Enter the snapshot's name and confirm with Create Snapshot.

After selecting a snapshot, you can perform additional actions on the device, such as rename, protect, clone, copy, or delete. Rollback restores the device's state from the current snapshot.

RBD Snapshots
Figure 9.5: RBD Snapshots

9.6 Managing iSCSI Gateways Edit source

Tip: More Information on iSCSI Gateways

For more general information about iSCSI Gateways, refer to Chapter 10, Installation of iSCSI Gateway and Chapter 27, Ceph iSCSI Gateway.

To list all available gateways and mapped images, click Block › iSCSI from the main menu. An Overview tab opens, listing currently configured iSCSI Gateways and mapped RBD images.

The Gateways table lists each gateway's state, number of iSCSI targets, and number of sessions. The Images table lists each mapped image's name, related pool name backstore type, and other statistical details.

The Targets tab lists currently configured iSCSI targets.

List of iSCSI Targets
Figure 9.6: List of iSCSI Targets

To view more detailed information about a target, click its table row. A tree-structured schema opens, listing disks, portals, initiators, and groups. Click an item to expand it and view its detailed contents, optionally with a related configuration in the table on the right.

iSCSI Target Details
Figure 9.7: iSCSI Target Details

9.6.1 Adding iSCSI Targets Edit source

To add a new iSCSI target, click Add in the top left of the Targets table and enter the required information.

Adding a New Target
Figure 9.8: Adding a New Target
  1. Enter the target address of the new gateway.

  2. Click Add portal and select one or multiple iSCSI portals from the list.

  3. Click Add image and select one or multiple RBD images for the gateway.

  4. If you need to use authentication to access the gateway, activate the Authentication check box and enter the credentials. You can find more advanced authentication options after activating Mutual authentication and Discovery authentication.

  5. Confirm with Create Target.

9.6.2 Editing iSCSI Targets Edit source

To edit an existing iSCSI target, click its row in the Targets table and click Edit in the top left of the table.

You can then modify the iSCSI target, add or delete portals, and add or delete related RBD images. You can also adjust authentication information for the gateway.

9.6.3 Deleting iSCSI Targets Edit source

To delete an iSCSI target, click its table row and select Delete in the top left of the gateways table. Activate Yes, I am sure and confirm with Delete iSCSI.

9.7 RBD Quality of Service (QoS) Edit source

Tip: For More Information

For more general information and a description of RBD QoS configuration options, refer to Section 23.6, “QoS Settings”.

The QoS options can be configured at different levels.

  • Globally

  • On a per-pool basis

  • On a per-image basis

The global configuration is at the top of the list and will be used for all newly created RBD images and for those images that do not override these values on the pool or RBD image layer. An option value specified globally can be overridden on a per-pool or per-image basis. Options specified on a pool will be applied to all RBD images of that pool unless overridden by a configuration option set on an image. Options specified on an image will override options specified on a pool and will override options specified globally.

This way it is possible to define defaults globally, adapt them for all RBD images of a specific pool, and override the pool configuration for individual RBD images.

9.7.1 Configuring Options Globally Edit source

To configure RBD options globally, select Cluster › Configuration from the main menu.

To list all available global configuration options, click Level › Advanced. Then filter the results of the table by filtering for 'rbd_qos' in the search field. This lists all available configuration options for QoS. To change a value, click its row in the table, then select Edit at the top left of the table. The Edit dialog contains six different fields for specifying values. The RBD configuration option values are required in the mgr text box. Note that unlike the other dialogs, this one does not allow you to specify the value in convenient units. You need to set these values in either bytes or IOPS, depending on the option you are editing.

9.7.2 Configuring Options on a New Pool Edit source

To create a new pool and configure RBD configuration options on it, click Pools › Create. Select replicated as pool type. You will then need to add the rbd application tag to the pool to be able to configure the RBD QoS options.


It is not possible to configure RBD QoS configuration options on an erasure coded pool. To configure the RBD QoS options for erasure coded pools, you need to edit the replicated metadata pool of an RBD image. The configuration will then be applied to the erasure coded data pool of that image.

9.7.3 Configuring Options on an Existing Pool Edit source

To configure RBD QoS options on an existing pool, click Pools, then click the pool's table row and select Edit at the top left of the table.

You should see the RBD Configuration section in the dialog, followed by a Quality of Service section.


If you see neither the RBD Configuration nor the Quality of Service section, you are likely either editing an erasure coded pool, which cannot be used to set RBD configuration options, or the pool is not configured to be used by RBD images. In the latter case, assign the rbd application tag to the pool and the corresponding configuration sections will show up.

9.7.4 Configuration Options Edit source

Click Quality of Service + to expand the configuration options. A list of all available options will show up. The units of the configuration options are already shown in the text boxes. In case of any bytes per second (BPS) option, you are free to use shortcuts such as '1M' or '5G'. They will be automatically converted to '1 MB/s' and '5 GB/s' respectively.

By clicking the reset button to the right of each text box, any value set on the pool will be removed. This does not remove configuration values of options configured globally or on an RBD image.

9.7.5 Creating RBD QoS Options with a New RBD Image Edit source

To create an RBD image with RBD QoS options set on that image, select Block › Images and then click Create. Click Advanced to expand the advanced configuration section. Click Quality of Service to open all available configuration options.

9.7.6 Editing RBD QoS Options on Existing Images Edit source

To edit RBD QoS options on an existing image, select Block › Images, then click the pool's table row, and lastly click Edit. The edit dialog will show up. Click Advanced to expand the advanced configuration section. Click Quality of Service to open all available configuration options.

9.7.7 Changing Configuration Options When Copying or Cloning Images Edit source

If an RBD image is cloned or copied, the values set on that particular image will be copied too, by default. If you want to change them while copying or cloning, you can do so by specifying the updated configuration values in the copy/clone dialog, the same way as when creating or editing an RBD image. Doing so will only set (or reset) the values for the RBD image that is copied or cloned. This operation changes neither the source RBD image configuration, nor the global configuration.

If you choose to reset the option value on copying/cloning, no value for that option will be set on that image. This means that any value of that option specified for the parent pool will be used if the parent pool has the value configured. Otherwise, the global default will be used.

9.8 RBD Mirroring Edit source

Tip: General Information

For general information and the command line approach to RADOS Block Device mirroring, refer to Section 23.4, “Mirroring”.

You can use the Ceph Dashboard to configure replication of RBD images between two or more clusters.

9.8.1 Primary Cluster and Secondary Cluster(s) Edit source

Primary cluster is where the original pool with images is created. Secondary cluster(s) is where the pool/images are replicated from the primary cluster.

Note: Relative Naming

The primary and secondary terms can be relative in the context of replication because they relate more to individual pools than to clusters. For example, in two-way replication, one pool can be mirrored from the primary cluster to the secondary one, while another pool can be mirrored from the secondary cluster to the primary one.

9.8.2 Replication Modes Edit source

There are two modes of data replication:

  • Using the pool mode, you replicate all the RBD images in a pool.

  • Using the image mode, you can activate mirroring only for specific image(s) in a pool.

9.8.3 Configure the rbd-mirror Daemon Edit source

The rbd-mirror daemon performs the actual cluster data replication. To install, configure, and run it, follow these steps:

  1. The rbd-mirror daemon needs to run on one of the nodes on the secondary cluster other than the Admin Node. Because it is not installed by default, install it:

    root@minion > zypper install rbd-mirror
  2. On the primary cluster, create a unique Ceph user ID for the rbd-mirror daemon process. In this example, we will use 'uid1' as the user ID:

    cephadm@adm > ceph auth get-or-create client.rbd-mirror.uid1 \
     mon 'profile rbd-mirror' osd 'profile rbd'
    	key = AQBbDJddZKLBIxAAdsmSCCjXoKwzGkGmCpUQ9g==
  3. On the node where you previously installed the rbd-mirror package on the secondary cluster, create the same Ceph user and save the output to a keyring:

    root@minion > ceph auth get-or-create client.rbd-mirror.uid1 \
     mon 'profile rbd-mirror' osd 'profile rbd' \
     > /etc/ceph/ceph.client.rbd-mirror.uid1.keyring
  4. On the same node, enable and run the rbd-mirror service:

    root@minion > systemctl enable ceph-rbd-mirror@rbd-mirror.uid1
    root@minion > systemctl start ceph-rbd-mirror@rbd-mirror.uid1
    root@minion > systemctl status ceph-rbd-mirror@rbd-mirror.uid1
    ● ceph-rbd-mirror@rbd-mirror.uid1.service - Ceph rbd mirror daemon
       Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/ceph-rbd-mirror@.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
       Active: active (running) since Fri 2019-10-04 07:48:53 EDT; 2 days ago
     Main PID: 212434 (rbd-mirror)
        Tasks: 47
       CGroup: /system.slice/system-ceph\x2drbd\x2dmirror.slice/ceph-rbd-mirror@rbd-mirror.uid1.service
               └─212434 /usr/bin/rbd-mirror -f --cluster ceph --id rbd-mirror.test --setuser ceph --setgroup ceph
    Oct 04 07:48:53 doc-ses6min4 systemd[1]: Started Ceph rbd mirror daemon.
  5. On the secondary cluster's Ceph Dashboard, navigate to Block › Mirroring. The Daemons table to the left shows actively running rbd-mirror daemons and their health.

    Running rbd-mirror Daemons
    Figure 9.9: Running rbd-mirror Daemons

9.8.4 Configure Pool Replication in Ceph Dashboard Edit source

The rbd-mirror daemon needs to have access to the primary cluster to be able to mirror RBD images. Therefore you need to create a peer Ceph user account on the primary cluster and let the secondary cluster know about its keyring:

  1. On the primary cluster, create a new 'client.rbd-mirror-peer' user that will be used for data replication:

    cephadm@adm > ceph auth get-or-create client.rbd-mirror-peer \
     mon 'profile rbd' osd 'profile rbd'
    	key = AQBbDJddZKLBIxAAdsmSCCjXoKwzGkGmCpUQ9g==
  2. On both the primary and secondary cluster, create a pool with an identical name and assign the 'rbd' application to it. Refer to Section 8.1, “Adding a New Pool” for more details on creating a new pool.

    Creating a Pool with RBD Application
    Figure 9.10: Creating a Pool with RBD Application
  3. On both the primary and secondary cluster's dashboards, navigate to Block › Mirroring. In the Pools table on the right, click the name of the pool to replicate, and after clicking Edit Mode, select the replication mode. In this example, we will work with a pool replication mode, which means that all images within a given pool will be replicated. Confirm with Update.

    Configuring the Replication Mode
    Figure 9.11: Configuring the Replication Mode
    Important: Error or Warning on the Primary Cluster

    After updating the replication mode, an error or warning flag will appear in the corresponding right column. That is because the pool has no peer user for replication assigned yet. Ignore this flag for the primary cluster as we assign a peer user to the secondary cluster only.

  4. On the secondary cluster's Dashboard, navigate to Block › Mirroring. Register the 'client.rbd-mirror-peer' user keyring to the mirrored pool by clicking the pool's name and selecting Add Peer. Provide the primary cluster's details:

    Adding Peer Credentials
    Figure 9.12: Adding Peer Credentials
    Cluster Name

    An arbitrary unique string that identifies the primary cluster, such as 'primary'. The cluster name needs to be different from the real secondary cluster's name.

    CephX ID

    The Ceph user ID that you created as a mirroring peer. In this example it is 'rbd-mirror-peer'.

    Monitor Addresses

    Comma separated list of IP addresses/host names of the primary cluster's Ceph Monitor nodes.

    CephX Key

    The key related to the peer user ID. You can retrieve it by running the following example command on the primary cluster:

    cephadm@adm > ceph auth print_key client.rbd-mirror-peer

    Confirm with Submit.

    List of Replicated Pools
    Figure 9.13: List of Replicated Pools

9.8.5 Verify That RBD Image Replication Works Edit source

When the rbd-mirror daemon is running and RBD image replication is configured on the Ceph Dashboard, it is time to verify whether the replication actually works:

  1. On the primary cluster's Ceph Dashboard, create an RBD image so that its parent pool is the pool that you already created for replication purposes. Enable the Exclusive lock and Journaling features for the image. Refer to Section 9.3, “Creating RBDs” for details on how to create RBD images.

    New RBD Image
    Figure 9.14: New RBD Image
  2. After you create the image that you want to replicate, open the secondary cluster's Ceph Dashboard and navigate to Block › Mirroring. The Pools table on the right will reflect the change in the number of # Remote images and synchronize the number of # Local images.

    New RBD Image Synchronized
    Figure 9.15: New RBD Image Synchronized
    Tip: Replication Progress

    The Images table at the bottom of the page shows the status of replication of RBD images. The Issues tab includes possible problems, the Syncing tab displays the progress of image replication, and the Ready tab lists all images with successful replication.

    RBD Images' Replication Status
    Figure 9.16: RBD Images' Replication Status
  3. On the primary cluster, write data to the RBD image. On the secondary cluster's Ceph Dashboard, navigate to Block › Images and monitor whether the corresponding image's size is growing as the data on the primary cluster is written.

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