Friday, September 18, 2015

gdeploy: Getting Started

This write up is intended to show how a gluster storage volume can be setup using gdeploy.

For some explanation on what is gdeploy and what problems it solves please
see gdeploy: A Short Introduction.

gdeploy works by reading configuration file(s) and performing particular task(s)
based on the values in the configuration file. This write up explains one such
configuration file, which is used to create a volume.

To create a volume on a freshly installed system, we perform the following

* Setting up backend for the cluster.
* Probing all the peers
* Creating a volume

The above tasks can be performed independently or together in a single
configuration file. For the sake of brevity, let us consider writing a single
configuration file which does the above three steps.

Before anything, create a passwordless ssh login to all the nodes which are
intended to be used to create a cluster.

# ssh-copy-id root@[host/ip]

The following configuration file creates a 2x2 distributed-replicate cluster,
and mounts the volume on one of the servers.

# Configuration for creating a 2x2 cluster: cluster.conf









# End: Configuration for 2x2 cluster

Detailed information on configuration file can be found here and here.

Once the configuration file is created, it can be executed by the command:

# gdeploy -c cluster.conf

The output should look like:

INFO: Back-end setup triggered
INFO: Peer management(action: probe) triggered
INFO: Volume management(action: create) triggered

INFO: FUSE mount of volume triggered.

PLAY [gluster_servers] ******************************************************** 

TASK: [Create Physical Volume on all the nodes] *******************************
changed: []
changed: []
changed: []
changed: []

PLAY [gluster_servers] ******************************************************** 

TASK: [Create volume group on the disks] ************************************** 


TASK: [Mount the volumes] ***************************************************** 
changed: [] => (item=/mnt/gluster)

PLAY RECAP ********************************************************************               : ok=19   changed=17   unreachable=0    failed=0               : ok=13   changed=13   unreachable=0    failed=0               : ok=13   changed=13   unreachable=0    failed=0               : ok=13   changed=13   unreachable=0    failed=0   


A distributed-replicate 2x2 volume will be created on the machines listed in [hosts]
section and mounted on

Monday, September 14, 2015

gdeploy: A Short Introduction

gdeploy is a new tool developed using ansible, to help in setting backend, creating volume, and deploying gluster usecases.

Setting up a backend filesystem for GlusterFS becomes a tedious task as  the number of servers/bricks increase. GlusterFS being a highly scalable software solution, provides the user ability to create a storage cluster with large number of nodes.

As the number of nodes increase, naturally we face the following shortcomings:
  1. One has to login to the nodes to setup the backend.
  2. Typing a long command with combination of node:brick is error prone.
  3. In case of error, clean up is painful.
  4. User might find setting up an UI solution to be too heavy, and again requires installing and maintaining necessary packages on all the nodes.
  5. If the user wants to use the cool new snapshot feature, thin-p backend has to be configured. This requires running plethora of commands to setup thin-p volume on multiple nodes.

gdeploy, addresses the above shortcomings and adds cool features to make the life of an admin/user easy.

gdeploy 1.0 currently implements the features:
  1. Setting up a thin-p backend on any number of nodes in a non-interactive and automated way.
  2. Mount the LV on a specified directory.
  3. Peer probe the listed nodes and create a volume using them.
  4. Mount the volume for the listed clients.
  5. Set/Unset an option on a volume.
  6. add-brick to a given volume.
  7. remove-brick from a given volume.
  8. Support multiple volume types...

Using gdeploy:


gdeploy can be run from one's laptop/workstation, and is not needed to be installed on any of the servers that gdeploy manages.
Installing - gdeploy RPMs for CentOS and Fedora can be found here.

Bootstrapping - There is a one step bootstrapping required; to create passwordless ssh to the nodes which are intended to be used to create a cluster.

$ ssh-copy-id
Once the bootstrapping is done it is a matter of writing configuration files to setup the components like:
  1. Setup backend.
  2. Create volume.
  3. add-brick ...

A single configuration can be written to  many tasks or can be made modular by writing a configuration file for each task.

My next post will explain on how to writing configuration files to do particular tasks with examples.