Thursday Oct 20, 2011

Shadow Migration

Still not talking about VDEVs? I know, I know, but hey, there's only so many hours in a day, folks, and I do have a life... So something came up this week and I want to talk about Shadow Migration, instead.

Now, built-into the ZFSSA you have both Replication and Shadow Migration. Be sure to use the right one for the right job. Replication is used from one 7000 family system to a different 7000 system. This is important: It can NOT be used on two clustered controllers of the same system. That will mess you up. It is only for other 7000's, and can not replicate to anything other than another ZFSSA. ***UPDATE- This is no longer the case. Replication inside the same system between two clustered controllers has been supported since October 2012.

Shadow Migration, on the other hand, is really handy for both migrating the data from any, non-ZFSSA, NFS source (think from a filer made by someone other than Oracle), or even from a different pool between controllers on the SAME clustered ZFSSA system. This can be very cool when you have an important share on one pool, and you want to move it (and the data inside it) to a different pool. Maybe it's because you want it on your RAIDz2 pool instead of your Mirrored pool. Maybe it's because you want ControllerA in charge of the share but it got made months ago by mistake in the pool owned by ControllerB. I don't care, you just want data from some share, either local to the system or from a NFS share on a different system, to come over into a brand-new share in some pool. Maybe you want to suck in the data from an older, non-Oracle filer, but you know it will take a while, and you want people to be able to still get to the data while the migration is taking place.

Great. That's Shadow Migration. It can get data from both a local source (another share of the same system) or from any NFS mount from anywhere. While the migration is taking place, the original source turns read-only, and users start to mount and use your new share being created. If the data being requested by a user has not been migrated over yet, the ZFSSA will go get it, while continuing to migrate in the background.

Here's how to do a Local Shadow Migration, moving data from a share in one pool to another pool on the same system.

1. Check out the Shadow Migration Service. Under Services, one can change how many threads the background service will use to do the migration. Make sure the green light is on here, while you're at it. **Update: I have been told that our internal team took this down from 8 to 2 for our large (13PB) migrations from various older filers to new 7000s for our Oracle data center. Oracle IT and our Oracle DC is now 100% ZFSSA. 

2. I have a share called Share1A, inside Pool1, which is a mirrored pool. Note that I have about 85MB of stuff in it.
Be careful NOT to choose the replication area from here, or at all, from anywhere. You're not doing replication, remember? 
Do not confuse replication with shadow migration.

3. Now, I don't want that data inside pool1, I really want it in Pool2, which is a RAIDz1 pool. So, switch to Pool2, and create a brand-new share, just like normal.
Change pools with the Pools drop-down in the upper left, then click the plus sign.

 4. Now, in the new Share box, first choose the pool you want the new share to be in, and then be sure to choose "LOCAL" as your data migration source.
Instead of typing in the path to some external NFS share, you will type in the local path of another share on the same system, in this case it's "/export/Share1A"

5. Now it gets cool. Check out my new Shadow1 share. As the migration begins (right away), you will see the progress bar here on the left. You can actually stop it, and even change the source from here, mid-stream (although that would be strange and I don't think I would recommend that).  ***Update: To be fair, it was explained to me that this process may take a while to start. The process may have to read a large amount of metadata before you see the bar move. If you have very large directories in the share, especially at the top, then be patient.

6. When the migration is done (The Local version should go quite quickly), the Shadow Migration section goes away, and you will get an alert message on the top of the screen like this:

7. Also, you can view some Shadow Migration specific Analytics while it's running:

8. Now that it's done, I have 2 shares. My original Share1A, and my new Shadow1 in a different pool with the same data copied over.
I could now delete the first share or pool in order to rebuild the pool a different way. Or, if this was a migration from an older filer, I could re-purpose that filer as a nice planter in my garden.


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This blog is a way for Steve to send out his tips, ideas, links, and general sarcasm. Almost all related to the Oracle 7000, code named ZFSSA, or Amber Road, or Open Storage, or Unified Storage. You are welcome to contact Steve.Tunstall@Oracle.com with any comments or questions

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