Dirty region logging in cluster environments

Dirty region logging (DRL) is an optional property of a volume that provides speedy recovery of mirrored volumes after a system failure. DRL is supported in cluster-shareable disk groups. This section provides a brief overview of how DRL behaves in a cluster environment.

In a cluster environment, the VxVM implementation of DRL differs slightly from the normal implementation.

A dirty region log on a system without cluster support has a recovery map and a single active map. A CVM DRL, however, has a single recovery map per cluster and one active map per cluster node.

The dirty region log size in clusters is typically larger than in non-clustered systems, as it must accommodate a recovery map plus active maps for each node in the cluster. The size of each map within the dirty region log is one or more whole blocks. The vxassist command automatically allocates a sufficiently large dirty region log for the size of the volume and the number of nodes.

It is possible to reimport a non-shared disk group (and its volumes) as a shared disk group in a cluster environment. However, the dirty region logs of the imported disk group may be considered invalid and a full recovery may result.

If a shared disk group is imported as a private disk group on a system without cluster support, VxVM considers the logs of the shared volumes to be invalid and conducts a full volume recovery. After the recovery completes, VxVM uses DRL.

The cluster functionality of VxVM can perform a DRL recovery on a non-shared volume. However, if such a volume is moved to a VxVM system with cluster support and imported as shared, the dirty region log is probably too small to accommodate maps for all the cluster nodes. VxVM then marks the log invalid and performs a full recovery anyway. Similarly, moving a DRL volume from a two-node cluster to a four-node cluster can result in too small a log size, which the cluster functionality of VxVM handles with a full volume recovery. In both cases, you must allocate a new log of sufficient size.

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