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DRBD (or Distributed Replicated Block Device) is a network block device that provides reliability when storing data across multiple network nodes.

From the kernel documentation:

DRBD is a shared-nothing, synchronously replicated block device. It is designed to serve as a building block for high availability clusters and in this context, is a "drop-in" replacement for shared storage. Simplistically, you could see it as a network RAID 1.


KERNEL Enable CONFIG_BLK_DEV_DRBD in your kernel
Device Drivers --->  Block devices --->
<*>   DRBD Distributed Replicated Block Device support

Use flags

USE flag (what is that?) Default Recommended Description
bash-completion No Enable bash-completion support
heartbeat No Enable Heartbeat integration
pacemaker No Enable Pacemaker integration
udev Yes Enable virtual/udev integration (device discovery, power and storage device support, etc)
xen No Enable Xen integration


Install sys-cluster/drbd:

root #emerge --ask sys-cluster/drbd

This package installs the userland utilities to interact with, and control DRBD. Also known as drbdsetup and drbdadm.


"ERROR: unknown cs for drbd0 : BrokenPipe, Update/DUnknown"

This error means connection state has a problem, link needs fixing, or drbd version updating. Upstream states "we had some issues with discarding the first successful connection and getting in a connect/brokenpipe loop."

Run this command to extract useful information.

root #cat /proc/drbd

External resources