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This appendix provides an alternative to host-based replication that does not use Oracle Solaris Cluster Cluster Geographic Edition. Oracle recommends that you use Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition for host-based replication to simplify the configuration and operation of host-based replication within a cluster. See Understanding Data Replication.
The example in this appendix shows how to configure host-based data replication between clusters using Sun StorageTek Availability Suite 4.0 software. The example illustrates a complete cluster configuration for an NFS application that provides detailed information about how individual tasks can be performed. All tasks should be performed in the global-cluster voting node. The example does not include all of the steps that are required by other applications or other cluster configurations.
If you use role-based access control (RBAC) instead of superuser to access the cluster nodes, ensure that you can assume an RBAC role that provides authorization for all Oracle Solaris Cluster commands. This series of data replication procedures requires the following Oracle Solaris Cluster RBAC authorizations if the user is not superuser:
See the System Administration Guide: Security Services for more information about using RBAC roles. See the Oracle Solaris Cluster man pages for the RBAC authorization that each Oracle Solaris Cluster subcommand requires.
Disaster tolerance is the ability of a system to restore an application on an alternate cluster when the primary cluster fails. Disaster tolerance is based on data replication and failover. Failover is the automatic relocation of a resource group or device group from a primary cluster to a secondary cluster. If the primary cluster fails, the application and the data are immediately available on the secondary cluster.
This section describes the remote mirror replication method and the point-in-time snapshot method used by Sun StorageTek Availability Suite software. This software uses the sndradm(1RPC) and iiadm(1II) commands to replicate data.
Figure A-1 shows remote mirror replication. Data from the master volume of the primary disk is replicated to the master volume of the secondary disk through a TCP/IP connection. A remote mirror bitmap tracks differences between the master volume on the primary disk and the master volume on the secondary disk.
Figure A-1 Remote Mirror Replication
Remote mirror replication can be performed synchronously in real time, or asynchronously. Each volume set in each cluster can be configured individually, for synchronous replication or asynchronous replication.
In asynchronous data replication, a write operation is confirmed as complete before the remote volume is updated. Asynchronous data replication provides greater flexibility over long distances and low bandwidth.
Figure A-2 shows point-in-time snapshot. Data from the master volume of each disk is copied to the shadow volume on the same disk. The point-in-time bitmap tracks differences between the master volume and the shadow volume. When data is copied to the shadow volume, the point-in-time bitmap is reset.
Figure A-2 Point-in-Time Snapshot
Figure A-3 illustrates how remote mirror replication and point-in-time snapshot are used in this example configuration.
Figure A-3 Replication in the Example Configuration
This section provides guidelines for configuring data replication between clusters. This section also contains tips for configuring replication resource groups and application resource groups. Use these guidelines when you are configuring data replication for your cluster.
This section discusses the following topics:
Replication resource groups collocate the device group under Sun StorageTek Availability Suite software control with the logical hostname resource. A replication resource group must have the following characteristics:
Be a failover resource group
A failover resource can run on only one node at a time. When a failover occurs, failover resources take part in the failover.
The logical hostname must be hosted by the primary cluster. After a failover, the logical hostname must be hosted by the secondary cluster. The Domain Name System (DNS) is used to associate the logical hostname with a cluster.
Have an HAStoragePlus resource
The HAStoragePlus resource enforces the failover of the device group when the replication resource group is switched over or failed over. Oracle Solaris Cluster software also enforces the failover of the replication resource group when the device group is switched over. In this way, the replication resource group and the device group are always colocated, or mastered by the same node.
The following extension properties must be defined in the HAStoragePlus resource:
AffinityOn property = True. This extension property causes the device group to switch over or fail over when the replication resource group switches over or fails over. This feature is called an affinity switchover.
ZPoolsSearchDir. This extension property is required for using ZFS file system.
For more information about HAStoragePlus, see the SUNW.HAStoragePlus(5) man page.
For example, devgrp-stor-rg.
Be online on both the primary cluster and the secondary cluster
To be highly available, an application must be managed as a resource in an application resource group. An application resource group can be configured for a failover application or a scalable application.
Application resources and application resource groups configured on the primary cluster must also be configured on the secondary cluster. Also, the data accessed by the application resource must be replicated to the secondary cluster.
This section provides guidelines for configuring the following application resource groups:
In a failover application, an application runs on one node at a time. If that node fails, the application fails over to another node in the same cluster. A resource group for a failover application must have the following characteristics:
Have an HAStoragePlus resource to enforce the failover of the device group when the application resource group is switched over or failed over
The device group is colocated with the replication resource group and the application resource group. Therefore, the failover of the application resource group enforces the failover of the device group and replication resource group. The application resource group, the replication resource group, and the device group are mastered by the same node.
Note, however, that a failover of the device group or the replication resource group does not cause a failover of the application resource group.
If the application data is globally mounted, the presence of an HAStoragePlus resource in the application resource group is not required but is advised.
If the application data is mounted locally, the presence of an HAStoragePlus resource in the application resource group is required.
Without an HAStoragePlus resource, the failover of the application resource group would not trigger the failover of the replication resource group and device group. After a failover, the application resource group, replication resource group, and device group would not be mastered by the same node.
For more information about HAStoragePlus, see the SUNW.HAStoragePlus(5) man page.
Must be online on the primary cluster and offline on the secondary cluster
The application resource group must be brought online on the secondary cluster when the secondary cluster takes over as the primary cluster.
Figure A-4 illustrates the configuration of an application resource group and a replication resource group in a failover application.
Figure A-4 Configuration of Resource Groups in a Failover Application
In a scalable application, an application runs on several nodes to create a single, logical service. If a node that is running a scalable application fails, failover does not occur. The application continues to run on the other nodes.
When a scalable application is managed as a resource in an application resource group, it is not necessary to collocate the application resource group with the device group. Therefore, it is not necessary to create an HAStoragePlus resource for the application resource group.
A resource group for a scalable application must have the following characteristics:
The nodes that are running the scalable application use the shared address to distribute incoming data.
Be online on the primary cluster and offline on the secondary cluster
Figure A-5 illustrates the configuration of resource groups in a scalable application.
Figure A-5 Configuration of Resource Groups in a Scalable Application
The DNS associates a client with the logical hostname of an application. After a failover, the DNS mapping to the primary cluster must be removed, and a DNS mapping to the secondary cluster must be created. Figure A-6 shows how the DNS maps a client to a cluster.
Figure A-6 DNS Mapping of a Client to a Cluster
Synchronize the primary cluster with the secondary cluster to ensure that the primary volume is up-to-date.
Update the DNS so that clients can access the application on the primary cluster.
Table A-1 lists the tasks in this example of how data replication was configured for an NFS application by using Sun StorageTek Availability Suite software.
Table A-1 Task Map: Example of a Data Replication Configuration
Figure A-7 illustrates the cluster configuration the example configuration uses. The secondary cluster in the example configuration contains one node, but other cluster configurations can be used.
Figure A-7 Example Cluster Configuration
Table A-2 summarizes the hardware and software that the example configuration requires. The Oracle Solaris OS, Oracle Solaris Cluster software, and volume manager software must be installed on the cluster nodes before Sun StorageTek Availability Suite software and patches are installed.
Table A-2 Required Hardware and Software
This section describes how device groups and resource groups are configured for an NFS application. For additional information, see Configuring Replication Resource Groups and Configuring Application Resource Groups.
This section contains the following procedures:
The following table lists the names of the groups and resources that are created for the example configuration.
Table A-3 Summary of the Groups and Resources in the Example Configuration
With the exception of devgrp-stor-rg, the names of the groups and resources are example names that can be changed as required. The replication resource group must have a name with the format devicegroupname-stor-rg.
This example configuration uses VxVM software. For information about Solaris Volume Manager software, see the Chapter 4, Configuring Solaris Volume Manager Software, in Oracle Solaris Cluster Software Installation Guide.
The following figure illustrates the volumes that are created in the device group.
Figure A-8 Volumes for the Device Group
Note - The volumes that are defined in this procedure must not include disk-label private areas, for example, cylinder 0. The VxVM software manages this constraint automatically.