[OpenAFS] Deploying OpenAFS on VMs

Derrick Brashear shadow@dementia.org
Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:18:54 -0700


On Jun 15, 2011, at 8:48 PM, Russ Allbery <rra@stanford.edu> wrote:

> Coy Hile <coy.hile@coyhile.com> writes:
>> I have a question about deployment of OpenAFS on VMWare.  Assume for
>> the sake of argument that one has a requirement to deploy OpenAFS on
>> VMs -- to include deploying his fileservers as VMs.  Has anyone
>> actually done that sort of deployment?  If so, did you make the vice
>> partitions directly mapped disk LUNs (be they SAN LUNs or iSCSI LUNs),
>> or did you just allocate additional disks as standard vmdk files? Is
>> the additional overhead of using .vmdk files for vice partitions such
>> that it would render the installation unusable?
> We have AFS server VMs on VMware whose vice partitions are vmdk files on
> an NFS network file system, and they're usable.  They're slow (we're using
> them to store old archival volumes that don't get much traffic), but
> they're still usable.  Given that, if you did something slightly less
> awful in terms of performance, I suspect you could run a real file server
> that way.

I run a real fileserver that way.

> I wouldn't use this to serve our hot volumes, but it's not a bad place to
> park stuff that doesn't get heavy traffic.
> -- 
> Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>
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