[PVE-User] Question about best way to replace boot disk of a proxmox + ceph node

Eneko Lacunza elacunza at binovo.es
Fri Jul 9 12:22:16 CEST 2021

Hi Christoph,

El 9/7/21 a las 11:43, Christoph Weber escribió:
> Hi everybody,
> we have one proxmox node  (node3) with ceph where the boot disk is beginning to fail (In fact we already experienced some defective system libraries which led to kernel panic on boot until we were able to determine the affected library to be replaced with a working copy).
> We see two possible ways:
> a) clone the partially defective disk to a new ssd which would keep all configuration, but might also copy defective files
> b) install a fresh copy of proxmox 6.4  with two subvariants:
>     b1) only configure the same network interface address and name and join the proxmox and ceph cluster when the node has booted up
>     b2) copy network configuration and /etc/ceph folder from defective node to the new disk before booting - and then join the proxmox cluster. In this case the question is, if there are more files to be copied like /etc/corosync?
> Method b1 seems to be the most safe to me, but I'm not 100% sure if it might be a problem when we cluster join the node3 again with the same name and ip address as it was.
> Would we have to prepare ceph or proxmox for this? Remove the node3 from ceph and/or proxmox before we re-join it?
> Additional Bonus: We have a fresh node (node6) without disks set up - we might move the ceph disks from the node3 to the new node6 before we replace the bootdisk.
> Any opinions/suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Do you have Ceph OSD journal/DB/WALs on system disk?

Moving OSDs from node3 to node6 would trigger data movement, but I'd go 
that route if possible because you can do it step by step. Then remove 
node3, "pvecm delnode" it, reinstall with new system disk and rejoin 

If you have enough storage, you could also "out" OSDs on node 3, wait 
ceph to drain OSDs, change system disk, "pvecm delnode" node3 and 
reinstall proxmox + ceph OSD as new OSDs.


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