CEPH FS Storage Driver
I don't think we updated anything on that aspect, since Ceph isn't a "main" supported SR
@olivierlambert what are the plans to elevate it? I have a feeling its really starting to gain traction in the storage world.
Very likely when the platform will be more modern (upgrading the kernel, platform and using SMAPIv3)
@olivierlambert Ok I see even with 8.x you are still based on centos 7 when is it going up to 8 and I'd assume rocky would be the choice since the redhat streaming snafu cough cough.
No, not really, see https://xcp-ng.org/blog/2020/12/17/centos-and-xcpng-future/ (so no biggie)
@olivierlambert so what are your plans for going to a streams 8 version which would give the updated kernel platform and hopefully soon after SMAPIv3? IO throughput on 8 over 7 is vastly superior and not near as big as the 6 to 7 changes were.
We don't use any kernel from CentOS project (nor the Xen package). We only use "the rest".
So in order, it will be:
- newer Xen version (easiest thing)
- more recent kernel (some patches are needed at different places)
- more recent user space/base distro (bigger work, but started already, like migrating all Python 2 stuff to Python 3!)
SMAPIv3 is done in parallel and with XS teams too
We use an officially supported kernel (4.19 in LTS) and yes, sometimes we even backport stuff to it specifically for XCP-ng
A kernel isn't "linked" to a distro, it's all about the distro maintainers to choose which kernel they want. We do that for XCP-ng and XenServer (with Citrix).
In short: we make our own choices regarding Xen and the kernel, entirely outside CentOS project.
Ok I've got this setup and I have a cluster serving the cephfs and here's my errors:
xe sr-create type=cephfs name-label=ceph device-config:server=172.30.254.23,172.30.254.24,172.30.254.25 device-config:serverport=6789 device-config:serverpath=/fsgw/xcpsr device-config:options=name=admin,secretfile=/etc/ceph/admin.secret
Error code: SR_BACKEND_FAILURE_111
Error parameters: , CephFS mount error [opterr=mount failed with return code 1],
@scboley I figured it out finally. I used another key created by the cluster and got it to connect and mount the ceph.
@olivierlambert adding another host to the pool and it fails to connect to the ceph shared storage:
Nov 21 09:57:48 xcp4-1 xapi: [debug||116026 /var/lib/xcp/xapi|SR.scan R:05af02328263|helpers] Waiting for up to 12.902806 seconds before retrying...
Nov 21 09:57:59 xcp4-1 xapi: [debug||116027 /var/lib/xcp/xapi||dummytaskhelper] task dispatch:session.logout D:79aefd48b34b created by task D:f32e5efdeec8
Nov 21 09:57:59 xcp4-1 xapi: [ info||116027 /var/lib/xcp/xapi|session.logout D:67032978d90c|xapi_session] Session.destroy trackid=c8a5d1fe7e932298b267edb677909a4b
Nov 21 09:57:59 xcp4-1 xapi: [debug||116028 /var/lib/xcp/xapi||dummytaskhelper] task dispatch:session.slave_login D:0366d884ee46 created by task D:f32e5efdeec8
Nov 21 09:57:59 xcp4-1 xapi: [ info||116028 /var/lib/xcp/xapi|session.slave_login D:b39585e0b07e|xapi_session] Session.create trackid=fc78c651286146c61742b0ca74212bb9 pool=true uname= originator=xapi is_local_superuser=true auth_user_sid= parent=trackid=9834f5af41c964e225f24279aefe4e49
Nov 21 09:57:59 xcp4-1 xapi: [debug||116029 /var/lib/xcp/xapi||dummytaskhelper] task dis
Nov 21 09:59:34 xcp4-1 xapi: [ info||116009 HTTPS 192.168.254.101->|Async.PBD.plug R:631710626e67|xapi_session] Session.destroy trackid=726402fee499e51bb72de7fd054a93d0
Nov 21 09:59:34 xcp4-1 xapi: [debug||116009 HTTPS 192.168.254.101->|Async.PBD.plug R:631710626e67|message_forwarding] Unmarking SR after PBD.plug (task=OpaqueRef:63171062-6e67-4cbd-b3be-91bb534a94bf)
Nov 21 09:59:34 xcp4-1 xapi: [error||116009 ||backtrace] Async.PBD.plug R:631710626e67 failed with exception Server_error(SR_BACKEND_FAILURE_12, [ ; mount failed with return code 32; ])
Nov 21 09:59:34 xcp4-1 xapi: [error||116009 ||backtrace] Raised Server_error(SR_BACKEND_FAILURE_12, [ ; mount failed with return code 32; ])
Nov 21 09:59:34 xcp4-1 xapi: [error||116009 ||backtrace] 1/1 xapi Raised at file (Thread 116009 has no backtrace table. Was with_backtraces called?, line 0
Nov 21 09:59:34 xcp4-1 xapi: [error||116009 ||backtrace]
@scboley Storage related errors will be in SMlog
Nov 21 10:20:11 xcp4-1 SM:  vhd=/var/run/sr-mount/51b80ad1-820d-c29a-1f9c-a50d6454f927/.vhd scan-error=-5 error-message='failure scanning target'
Nov 21 10:20:11 xcp4-1 SM:  scan failed: -5
Nov 21 10:20:11 xcp4-1 SM:  ', stderr: ''
Nov 21 10:20:12 xcp4-1 SM:  ['/usr/bin/vhd-util', 'scan', '-f', '-m', '/var/run/sr-mount/51b80ad1-820d-c29a-1f9c-a50d6454f927/.vhd']
Nov 21 10:20:12 xcp4-1 SM:  FAILED in util.pread: (rc 5) stdout: 'vhd=/var/run/sr-mount/51b80ad1-820d-c29a-1f9c-a50d6454f927 scan-error=2 error-message='failure
Nov 21 10:20:12 xcp4-1 SM:  vhd=/var/run/sr-mount/51b80ad1-820d-c29a-1f9c-a50d6454f927/*.vhd scan-error=-5 error-message='failure scanning target'
Nov 21 10:20:12 xcp4-1 SM:  scan failed: -5
@olivierlambert nevermind I fixed it, I had forgot to add the public side of my ceph network onto the new host and then it all scanned correctly. Thanks for being responsive and a little education as it always helps.
@olivierlambert this is holding up quite well. I've pounded it good doing 3 exports and an import simultaneously and maintained about 60mb sec writes while doing reads and writes asynchronous as the imports and exports are on the same cephfs. Had an issue with the ceph repository moving to the pool when I created the pool and wound up hosing my pool manager trying to fix it but setting new pool manager and rebuilding the other and it has been flawless since. I've built the XO from source and it has come a long way from the last time I looked at it. We went with a small vendor out of canada called 45drives for the ceph hardware and deployment and they have a nice ansible derived delivery and config package if anyone is looking for a supported solution that is pretty slick.
So just to be sure I get it, you have a dedicated Ceph storage on dedicated hardware and you wanted to connect to it via XCP-ng without using NFS or iSCSI, right?
@olivierlambert that is right and its up and running using the driver you guys built and taking a good load no issues. Hats off to you and your team for making this work. I used nfs for exporting off my old ceph system but the importing is strictly on your native cephfs drivers. On my old one I was on xcp-ng 7.6 and had nfs sitting over the cephfs and just gigabit network and it worked but no live movement at all and now I can live migrate no problems with bonded dual 10gb fiber and single 10gb fiber to the hosts.
Okay good to know. We hope to do an even better native integration on SMAPIv3, but the hardest part isn't on writing the driver itself, but to improve the SMAPIv3 itself to support what's missing (live storage migration and so on).
@olivierlambert so are you completely on your own release schedule now or are you still tied to citrix version releases? I've used you since 7.x versions and have had zero issues and still have one 6.5 I'm going to migrate a vm off of because it was on local storage and it's quite large and I didn't want to redo it because of the storage changes from 6 to 7 and then I'll have a pool with all 8.2 after I patch up my other 8.2 and then rebuild the 6.5 to 8.2.