[Systems] Ailing drive on housetree

Chris Leonard cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com
Fri Nov 11 22:32:57 EST 2011

On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 9:46 PM, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at codewiz.org>wrote:

> Today I finally figured out why housetree was reporting high load
> occasionally without any apparent activity on the VMs.
> It turns out that sdb is dying, and we didn't even have smartd running.
> Luckily, sdb is part of RAID1 arrays with triple-redundancy. We could
> continue operating with 2 drives for some time, but I'd feel safer if we
> replaced the drive as soon as possible. After all, the remaining drives
> are the same model and have been operating for the same amount of time
> (806 days).

My personal rule is that failed drives, even if they are only hot spares
should be replaced as soon as possible.  Does this require expenditure of
funds beyond your SLOBs delegated limit?   If so, then hardware failure
replacement like this needs to be added to your authorization as a general
case.  The only e-mail you should have to send to get a replacement ordered
is to your favorite vendor.

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