After doing some research, I discovered that not all /dev devices are created at install time. Looking back, one of the errors I would get when trying to setup Vinum is "device not configured". I haven't been able to find much documentation on what devices are created during the installation.
The mirror partition I was trying to setup was on ad1--after I created the slices the BSD slice was ad1s1e. I also had ad1s1d for the swap partition, and (of course) ad1s1c for the drive.
Can anyone answer these questions for me:
- Is there a way to tell whether a device is aleady configured? That is, if I'm not sure ad1s1e is configured can I test it to see.
- Are / slices mirror-able? There seems to be some conflicting documentation on this. The handbook says yes but www.vinumvm.org, in some areas, says no--as does freebsddiary.org and daemonnews.org.
- I'm coming from a Redhat background where RAID arrays can be configured during installation. I understand that this isn't the case with FreeBSD due to sysinstall limitation. This begs the question: What is the preferred order of events to setup Vinum? I tried what I found in the docs and couldn't get it done. Generally, I installed FreeBSD. Created my vinum.conf file to concat ad0s1a. Ran "vinum create -f vinum.conf". Saved the changes with "vinum saveconfig". Added the necassary entries to /boot/loader.conf. And rebooted--I was able to get a single vinum drive working fine. I created another config file to add the second drive in a mirrored array. The config files are below.
CONFIG 1 drive a1 device /dev/ad0a volume root plex org concat sd length 36g drive a1
CONFIG2 drive a2 device /dev/ad1e volume mirror plex org concat sd length 36g drive a1 plex org concat sd length 36g drive a2
I was never able to get both "up" at the same time--one always showed "Referenced". When I looked in /dev/vinum/drives only a1 would be listed but not a2.
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