What is mirror and sub mirror in RAID -1 SVM

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Old 08-15-2009
Question What is mirror and sub mirror in RAID -1 SVM

Hi ,

I am new to SVM .when i try to learn RAID 1 , first they are creating two RAID 0 strips through
metainit d51 1 1 c0t0d0s2

metainit d52 1 1 c1t0d0s2

In the next step

metainit d50 -m d51
d50: Mirror is setup

next step is

metaattach d50 d52
d50 : submirror d52 is attached

Please guide me what is the mirror and sub mirror. i knew the RAID 1 concept but i like to know the difference between mirror and the sub mirror and one way mirroring , two way mirroring.


Last edited by vr_mari; 08-15-2009 at 01:38 PM.. Reason: more clarified question
# 2  
Old 08-15-2009
in your example d50 is the mirror, d51 and d52 are the sub mirrors.

d51 and d52 are meta-devices that reference the real slice on the disk. d50 is the meta-device that references both sub-mirrors, d51 and d52. Read/write actions go to d50, SVM then applies the read/write to both sub-mirrors at the same time thus maintaining the RAID1.
# 3  
Old 08-16-2009
You should not mirror slice 2.
# 4  
Old 08-17-2009
Question What is submirror

Can any one can guide me what is sub mirror and how its differ from mirror in RAID (SVM)Smilie

# 5  
Old 08-17-2009
the mirror (top device) contains sub devices. thats all...

for example:


d0 = top device = mirror
d10/d20 = sub devices = sub mirror
# 6  
Old 08-17-2009
Some more explanation from the above diagram:

d0 - a meta device (logical device), this is the actual mirror we use to store the data.

d10 & d20 - these are the sub-mirrors formed by two different slices.

The writting is done in d0 but physically, d0 writes the data into two sub-mirrors (d10 & d20 ). When we perform any kind of operation with this raid device, we only point d0.
Means, d0 is the actual raid device we refer.

- d10
Writting to ---------- d0 -
- d20

Please write if this is still unclear to you.

Deepak Tiwari
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Old 08-17-2009
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