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How to switch Cinder volumes between controllers?

asked 2014-07-24 01:43:01 -0500

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updated 2014-07-25 12:41:51 -0500

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Hello, what should I do if one of my OpenStack Controllers (each has cinder-api, cinder-scheduler, cinder-volume) dies. I cannot manage volumes, which was created by died controller. How can I switch ownership to another one?

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Same problem. Anyone help us?

Jakub gravatar imageJakub ( 2014-07-24 03:44:26 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-07-25 15:47:27 -0500

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Here you have to take into consideration what storage backend you are using for the cinder volumes. If you are using as backend lvms on controllers it is normal that if one controller goes down you can not anymore use the volumes created on that controller. If you cannot bring up anymore the controller than you just delete the corresponding volumes records directly from the cinder database.

On the other hand, if you are using high available storage (like ceph or glusterfs) if a controller goes down the information from the volume (the block device) still exists but in the cinder database is still associated to the controller that went down. What you can do to manage the volume is to change the value of parameter host in the table volumes from the database cinder from the old controller to the new controller.


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gabriel is right if you're using HA backend volumes you don't have this problem because in my case glusterfs will switch automatically from the failed node to an other (replicated volumes). So the the main point is you need to choose the correct storage backend.

foexle gravatar imagefoexle ( 2014-07-26 03:25:09 -0500 )edit

Hi, we are using IBM SVC driver. Have you tested that switching database parameter to different controller works? There are not other files at controller?

Jakub gravatar imageJakub ( 2014-07-27 03:41:55 -0500 )edit

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