brcisna last edited by
pfSense-2.0.1-RELEASE x 3
Been using pfSense for about 3 years now, at three different buildinsg in a school envioirment.
2 days ago had an hd (sata) failure. I had a spare cloned drive setting in the spare bay of this server but thought I should do the right thing and do a raid1 setup (which I should have done from the get go).
Of course the setup was very simple in the pfSense install. I wanted to test if unplugging each HD would in fact still boot from the only existing HD.
First I unplugged the 'higher number" HD in the bios sata port number and boot the pfSense machine,,,it booted fine,,and I did see the lines referring to' destroying mirror". At this point I shut off the server,,,then plugged that HD in,,,and unplugged the "lowest sata port" drive and tried rebooting off the HD I had previously unplugged.
It booted up until the dreaded 'mountroot' message.
I am guessing I should have rebooted with the first disconnected drive,, drive connected and let the raid array 'rebuild' and the boot process would have went ok,,with both drives?
I was in a scramble to get this machine back online I didnt do as much R&D with this as I should have.
Can anyone comment on if either of the two hard drives fails in a geomirror raid1 arrangment the machine will continue to boot without any user intervention?
Sorry for the long post
it sounds like you may have still been referring to only one drive in /etc/fstab rather than referring to the mirror as a whole. That's the only reason I can think of why it might have done that.
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Thank You for the reply. I am fairly certain the reason the machine failed to boot off the 'first drive' / highest number bios sata port, that i disconnected,, on purpose,was due to the fact the first drive was marked as off line,as you said,,in the fstab.
I should have booted the machine with booth drives connected,, let the mirror array reubild then shut down and then disconnected the 'second drive" then booted on the first drive i disconnected , i am fairly certain the machine would have booted with no probs..
This scenario is hard to explain the sequence?:)..
After I rebooted the pfSense machine , after having reconnected both drives,,i looked every few minutes and had solid HD activity for about 20-30 mins until what i guessing the raid array was done 'rebuilding'(on 80gb sata drives).
In the dashbord geomirror widget i am seeing 'complete' in the raid setting. yeah!