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Re: [Xen-users] Xen + Storage

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  • From: Tom Fritz <tfritz@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:00:01 -0500 (CDT)
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i have 4 debian squeeze with xen 4 and all them with 4 to 6 HVM virtual machines. All the VMs are located in a fith machine (A SuperMicro LSI Controller as storage). The host servers are Intel i7 with 24GB fo RAM (Debian Squeeze + Xen4) and the storage a Xen 3.0 with 8GB of RAM (CentOS 5.5 + TGTD) and thery are all connect with a gigabit network dedicated for the iSCSI. My problem is, when working at the storage, doing backup procedures with the command dd and using the bzip2, the IOWait increases a litle bit, the normal state is close to 0%, but when copying or moving the files generated by the backup, usually bigger than 2G, the IOWait increases too much, reaching 100%, in cases in all 4 cores, making the virtual machines stop responding and even if i stop the procedure, the virtual machines doesnt comes back, been necessary a reboot or shutdown. Does anyone knows about this problem ? And there is any configuration that i could do in the iSCSI-Target and Initiator to increase de performance? And a configuration in the virtual machines filesystem to prevent it from stopping?

I always use ionice when using dd to do a backup. You should also look into scst-iscsi. The default for most distro's is the IET iscsi.



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