ProxMox VE 6 - replacing drive in zfs boot mirror

elsteve

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I've been following the information here:
https://pve.proxmox.com/wiki/ZFS:_Tips_and_Tricks (Replacing a failed disk in the root pool)

but am getting jammed up on the grub-install /dev/sdx
I keep getting this: this GPT partition label contains no BIOS Boot Partition; embedding won't be possible
error: filesystem `zfs' doesn't support blocklists.


My rpool looks like this:

pool: rpool
state: ONLINE
scan: resilvered 126G in 0 days 00:31:12 with 0 errors on Tue Sep 10 12:26:20 2019
config:

NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM
rpool ONLINE 0 0 0
mirror-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
ata-SPCC_Solid_State_Disk_E9DF075515C800418419 ONLINE 0 0 0
ata-SPCC_Solid_State_Disk_EB98075515F000418541 ONLINE 0 0 0

root@bedrock:/sbin# gdisk /dev/sdn
GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 1.0.3

Partition table scan:
MBR: protective
BSD: not present
APM: not present
GPT: present

Found valid GPT with protective MBR; using GPT.

Command (? for help): p
Disk /dev/sdn: 468862128 sectors, 223.6 GiB
Model: SPCC Solid State
Sector size (logical/physical): 512/512 bytes
Disk identifier (GUID): xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
Partition table holds up to 128 entries
Main partition table begins at sector 2 and ends at sector 33
First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 468862094
Partitions will be aligned on 2048-sector boundaries
Total free space is 3181 sectors (1.6 MiB)

Number Start (sector) End (sector) Size Code Name
1 2048 468844543 223.6 GiB BF01 zfs-3395a06313cc159a
9 468844544 468860927 8.0 MiB BF07

root@bedrock:/sbin# gdisk /dev/sdo
GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 1.0.3

Partition table scan:
MBR: protective
BSD: not present
APM: not present
GPT: present

Found valid GPT with protective MBR; using GPT.

Command (? for help): p
Disk /dev/sdo: 468862128 sectors, 223.6 GiB
Model: SPCC Solid State
Sector size (logical/physical): 512/512 bytes
Disk identifier (GUID): xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
Partition table holds up to 128 entries
Main partition table begins at sector 2 and ends at sector 33
First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 468862094
Partitions will be aligned on 2048-sector boundaries
Total free space is 3181 sectors (1.6 MiB)

Number Start (sector) End (sector) Size Code Name
1 2048 468844543 223.6 GiB BF01 zfs-3fb9effbf83b8152
9 468844544 468860927 8.0 MiB BF07




* Note that both drives are fine, they are just cheap-o's and I want to replace them with something better * (and faster)

Both drives are attached to motherboard SATA ports as /dev/sdn and /dev/sdo - My understanding is that the motherboard boots off the drive in the lowest port, in this case /dev/sdn (all other HDD's are on an HBA if that matters)

All my efforts have been replacing the /dev/sdn drive (but it shouldn't matter, right?) so confused... ;(
 
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fabian

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how did you install that system? it's not how the PVE installer sets it up, and looks like there is some extra boot device on another disk?
 

elsteve

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Right off the proxmox install iso - booted from flash drive. Only other devices are 12 HDD which are all in a zfs pool...
Based on your question, I'm tempted to backup the config/VM's & reinstall from scratch on the new SSD's (after downloading a fresh copy of the iso)
 

fabian

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are you sure you are looking at the right disks?
 

elsteve

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Positive.
root@bedrock:/RAIDZ3# smartctl -i /dev/sdn ; fdisk -l /dev/sdn ;gdisk /dev/sdn
smartctl 7.0 2018-12-30 r4883 [x86_64-linux-5.0.21-1-pve] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-18, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Device Model: SPCC Solid State Disk
Serial Number: E9DF075515C800418419
Firmware Version: S8FM08.2
User Capacity: 240,057,409,536 bytes [240 GB]
Sector Size: 512 bytes logical/physical
Rotation Rate: Solid State Device
Form Factor: 2.5 inches
Device is: Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is: ATA8-ACS (minor revision not indicated)
SATA Version is: SATA 3.1, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 3.0 Gb/s)
Local Time is: Thu Sep 12 11:56:42 2019 EDT
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

Disk /dev/sdn: 223.6 GiB, 240057409536 bytes, 468862128 sectors
Disk model: SPCC Solid State
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 98286682-CB8D-D747-A2E0-CD1C6B24AC09

Device Start End Sectors Size Type
/dev/sdn1 2048 468844543 468842496 223.6G Solaris /usr & Apple ZFS
/dev/sdn9 468844544 468860927 16384 8M Solaris reserved 1
GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 1.0.3

Partition table scan:
MBR: protective
BSD: not present
APM: not present
GPT: present

Found valid GPT with protective MBR; using GPT.

Command (? for help): p
Disk /dev/sdn: 468862128 sectors, 223.6 GiB
Model: SPCC Solid State
Sector size (logical/physical): 512/512 bytes
Disk identifier (GUID): 98286682-CB8D-D747-A2E0-CD1C6B24AC09
Partition table holds up to 128 entries
Main partition table begins at sector 2 and ends at sector 33
First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 468862094
Partitions will be aligned on 2048-sector boundaries
Total free space is 3181 sectors (1.6 MiB)

Number Start (sector) End (sector) Size Code Name
1 2048 468844543 223.6 GiB BF01 zfs-3395a06313cc159a
9 468844544 468860927 8.0 MiB BF07


NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM
rpool DEGRADED 0 0 0
mirror-0 DEGRADED 0 0 0
ata-SPCC_Solid_State_Disk_E9DF075515C800418419 ONLINE 0 0 0
 

elsteve

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Just for kicks I re-installed to two other SSD's - partition table look like below: Is that what it should be? So strange the way the other drives were set up...

Number Start (sector) End (sector) Size Code Name
1 34 2047 1007.0 KiB EF02
2 2048 1050623 512.0 MiB EF00
3 1050624 488397134 232.4 GiB BF01
 

pongraczi

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In short:
Yes, that's normal, because the 512M will be used for EFI boot as you can see.
Other zfs disks with only 2 partitions "just" part of a pool, there are no reservation for any boot.

Bash:
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: BDB522F2-A808-4C1F-8B7E-83E1CABD0D43

Device       Start       End   Sectors   Size Type
/dev/sdc1       34      2047      2014  1007K BIOS boot
/dev/sdc2     2048   1050623   1048576   512M EFI System
/dev/sdc3  1050624 937703054 936652431 446.6G Solaris /usr & Apple ZFS
----
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 3F845005-7DD0-4DCC-895C-A56EA8CF1986

Device       Start       End   Sectors   Size Type
/dev/sdd1       34      2047      2014  1007K BIOS boot
/dev/sdd2     2048   1050623   1048576   512M EFI System
/dev/sdd3  1050624 937703054 936652431 446.6G Solaris /usr & Apple ZFS
 

elsteve

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Thanks for the info - think I'll just stay with my newly formatted SSD's instead of trying to troubleshoot the old ones.
 

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