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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2

Part III Software RAID

  • 7 Software RAID Configuration
  • The purpose of RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is to combine several hard disk partitions into one large virtual hard disk to optimize performance, data security, or both. Most RAID controllers use the SCSI protocol because it can address a larger number of hard disks in a more effective…

  • 8 Configuring Software RAID for the Root Partition
  • In SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, the Device Mapper RAID tool has been integrated into the YaST Partitioner. You can use the partitioner at install time to create a software RAID for the system device that contains your root (/) partition. The /boot partition cannot be stored on a RAID partition unle…

  • 9 Creating Software RAID 10 Devices
  • This section describes how to set up nested and complex RAID 10 devices. A RAID 10 device consists of nested RAID 1 (mirroring) and RAID 0 (striping) arrays. Nested RAIDs can either be set up as striped mirrors (RAID 1+0) or as mirrored stripes (RAID 0+1). A complex RAID 10 setup also combines mirro…

  • 10 Creating a Degraded RAID Array
  • A degraded array is one in which some devices are missing. Degraded arrays are supported only for RAID 1, RAID 4, RAID 5, and RAID 6. These RAID types are designed to withstand some missing devices as part of their fault-tolerance features. Typically, degraded arrays occur when a device fails. It is possible to create a degraded array on purpose.

  • 11 Resizing Software RAID Arrays with mdadm
  • This section describes how to increase or reduce the size of a software RAID 1, 4, 5, or 6 device with the Multiple Device Administration (mdadm(8)) tool.

  • 12 Storage Enclosure LED Utilities for MD Software RAIDs
  • Storage enclosure LED Monitoring utility (ledmon) and LED Control (ledctl) utility are Linux user space applications that use a broad range of interfaces and protocols to control storage enclosure LEDs. The primary usage is to visualize the status of Linux MD software RAID devices created with the mdadm utility. The ledmon daemon monitors the status of the drive array and updates the status of the drive LEDs. The ledctl utility allows you to set LED patterns for specified devices.

  • 13 Toubleshooting software RAIDs
  • Check the /proc/mdstat file to find out whether a RAID partition has been damaged. If a disk fails, replace the defective hard disk with a new one partitioned the same way. Then restart your system and enter the command mdadm /dev/mdX --add /dev/sdX. Replace X with your particular device identifiers…