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Blogger meetup at OOW 2010

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This one goes out to all bloggers out there that will visit OOW 2010.

Alex is organizing a blogger meetup (again). If you happen to be at OOW 2010 and you have feel like meeting some exceptional cool people (see the pythian website to find out who’s coming), please make a RVSP at the pythian website and join us at Jillian’s.


Written by Jacco H. Landlust

August 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm


with 3 comments

I am build a new environment on my testing-kit. Instead of downloading OpenFiler, I decided to build my own ISCSI device on OEL 5. The main reason for this exercise is that I want this box to be DNS server and some more.

Anyway, configuring ISCSI is not an average DBA’s job. I don’t like to type in commands on a prompt when I don’t know what they mean.¬†Every how-to I find keeps on calling difficult commands to create a ISCSI LUN, which made me spent lots of time in man-pages last night. In the end this was a waste of time, since all you need to do is:

  • add a disk to your VM (let’s say /dev/sdb)
  • install¬†perl-Config-General and scsi-target-utils rpm’s from the ClusterStorage directory on the DVD with your installation media
  • edit /etc/tgt/targets.conf and make it look like this:
    backing-store /dev/sdb
    where area51.local is my domain, ASM1 is my LUN and /dev/sdb is the disk just added to the VM
  • make the tgtd daemon start
    chkconfig 345 tgtd on; service tgtd start

Now whenever you restart your server, you will still have the same ISCSI LUN presented to the world. No big man-page needed, just a simple configuration file. How about that….

Obviously, when you want to check the LUN, you do need the tgtadm command. This should do the trick:

tgtadm --lld iscsi --op show --mode target

Written by Jacco H. Landlust

August 24, 2010 at 8:10 am

Posted in Installing, Linux