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1 Fault tolerance and disaster recovery Unit objectives Discuss disk configuration Discuss Windows-based replication and NDS/eDirectory partitions and replicas Discuss backup and UPS

2 Topic A Topic A: System fault tolerance Topic B: Replication Topic C: Backup and UPS

3 Disaster planning When creating a disaster plan, some key points to be considered are: –Plan for the worst –Implement physical data security –Protect your critical systems

4 RAID A set of specifications describing hard disk fault tolerance configurations The specification: –RAID Level 0 –RAID Level 1 –RAID Level 2 –RAID Level 3 –RAID Level 4 –RAID Level 5 There is also a RAID 10 (as in RAID “one plus zero”), a RAID 01, and several other “composite” levels.

5 RAID Both the book and the power point are weak on RAID; the power point also presents the material out of order – so I’ve included 10 slides on RAID from other power points, with editing: Most popular levels are RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. RAID = “Redundant Array of Inexpensive or Independent Disks.” More disks give more heads give faster transfer rates. Sometimes the “read” is faster and sometimes the “write” is faster; sometimes both are faster.

6 RAID 0 Disk striping (no parity): (data is written across disks in a stripe). Stripe size is a multiple of 2, size depends on the RAID level in use, RAID 1 and 0 have a high stripe size, usually 128K whereas RAID 5 has a low stripe size usually 16K. RAID 0 offers no redundancy (no fault tolerance). The 2 128K stripes of data are written in parallel. Note that because you have the same amount of data, but written across 2 or more disks, you have more locations from which to read it. This results in faster disk reads – you have 2 heads reading at once. “Disk writes” are also faster; you have 2 places to which to write! Disadvantage: There is no fault tolerance, because there is no parity. Disk 0 Disk 1 Controller 256K Data 128K Data

7 RAID 1 (Mirroring) Minimum of 2 disks, literally one disk is a complete mirror of the other. One fails the other takes over When reading can read both disks (two copies of the data) – very fast read and write access. Um, no – reads are faster – you have 2 identical disks from which to read, but you have to write everything twice! This isn’t as slow as it seems, especially when using 2 controllers – duplexing – but it isn’t fast either. Disk 0 Disk 1 Controller 256K Data

8 RAID 1 (Duplexing) Controller Mirroring (2 controllers) each with a disk Just like mirroring but with two controllers instead of one, so if one controller goes down, you still have one disk that is fine. Software mirroring (RAID1) Disk 0 Disk 1 Controller Disk 0 Disk 1 Controller

9 RAID 10 or RAID 01 RAID 10 is mirroring (1) then striping (0) RAID 01 is striping (0) then mirroring (1) Disk 0 Disk 1 256K Data Disk 2 Disk 3 128K Data RAID K Data 1.Write Single Stripe 2.Mirror 3.Write Single Stripe 4.Mirror Disk 0 Disk 1 Disk 2 Disk 3 128K Data RAID K Data 1.Write Single Stripe 2.Write Single Stripe 3.Mirror 256K Data

10 RAID 10 or RAID 01 Minimum of 4 disks because data needs mirroring and striping. Massive difference when comes to fault tolerance so be careful! RAID 10 allows for more fault tolerance – any disk can go so long as it has a mirror. RAID 01 has poor fault tolerance – loose 1 disk in both mirrors and array fails. Make absolutely sure you are getting what you think you are getting – there is a difference!!

11 RAID 5 Minimum of 3 disks required. Uses parity to recalculate data in case of disk failure –an EOR formula = “exclusive or” 1+0 or 0+1 = 1, 0+0 or 1+1 = 0 Critical failure occurs on failure of 2 disks. Performance degradation on single disk failure. Uses a smaller stripe size to aid parity calculation. Disk 0 Disk 1 Controller 256K Data 16K Data Disk 1 16K Parity

12 RAID 5 Data Calculation EOR to calc parity and EOR to re-calc data Stripe 1 goes to Disk 1 -> (170) Stripe 2 goes to Disk 2 -> (189) Parity Stripe to Disk 3 is EOR (23) is written to disk 3. Recovery (Disk 2 has failed)… Take data from Disk EOR Take parity from Disk Data on Disk 2 is

13 Disk mirroring (back to Thomson book)

14 Activity A-1 – page 20-5 Discussing RAID

15 Disk duplexing

16 Activity A-2 – page 20-7 Discussing disk duplexing

17 Disk striping with parity An implementation of RAID Level 5 Normally used on larger networks where data integrity is a critical concern

18 Activity A-3 – page 20-9 Discussing disk striping with parity

19 Volume sets Combines space from up to 32 drives Cannot contain the system or the boot partition If one disk area is destroyed, the entire set fails This is the simpler version of a “striped set”

20 Disk striping Also combines space from up to 32 drives Each segment must be the same size

21 Activity A-4 – page Managing disk configuration

22 Topic B Topic A: System fault tolerance Topic B: Replication Topic C: Backup and UPS

23 Replication Offers additional data redundancy on Windows-based networks Can specify certain data to be copied from one system to another Common uses include –replication of login scripts to all domain servers –replication of mandatory user profiles –replication of frequently used files across multiples servers to balance the server load

24 Replication Available in Windows NT networks Helps to copy data automatically from a source system (exporter) to a destination system (importer)

25 Key points about replication Runs as a background service After any changes, files must be closed before they can be replicated Can specify to replicate files immediately after a change in the subdirectory tree Individual subdirectories might be locked An exporter can send files to importers An importer can receive files from one or more exporters The import directory might be locked A Windows NT Server might act as both an exporter and an importer

26 Active Directory Fault tolerance of directory services information is built into the directory model Every domain controller holds a copy of Active Directory So, by this syllogism, fault tolerance is “assured” –All domain controllers contain Active Directory –All Active Directory provides fault tolerance –Therefore, all domain controllers provide fault tolerance –

27 File Replication Service In Windows 2000/Server 2003, the File Replication Service (FRS) replaces the LAN Manager Replication system used in Windows NT Used to replicate system policies as well as login scripts. Allows for file replication for domain-based Distributed File System (DFS).

28 Activity B-1 - page Discussing replication

29 NDS / eDirectory partitions Involves division of NDS/e-Directory database Provides two primary benefits: –Fault tolerance –Performance Increase

30 NDS/e-Directory Partitions & Replicas Used to store information about all of the objects known to the network A partition is a logical division of the eDirectory database. A directory partition forms a distinct unit of data in the tree that stores directory information. Partitions can be created at container level objects, like Organization, Organizational Unit or any objects marked as a container. An eDirectory has one [ROOT] partition which contains all the objects by default. Partitions are set up as parent-child objects.

31 NDS/eDirectory directory partitions

32 Activity B-2 Managing NDS/eDirectory partitions

33 NDS/eDirectory replicas A replica is a copy or an instance of a user- defined partition that is distributed to a server Each partition has at least one replica Examples of Types: –Master replica –Read/write replica –Read-only replica –Subordinate reference

34 NDS/eDirectory Replica Types There are six types of replicas: 1. Master replica: There can be only one Master replica for a partition. The Master is a read- writeable replica that, most importantly, controls the partition operations and the obituary process. This type of replica also performs the following operations: –Managing objects (add, remove, move) –Authenticating objects –Managing attributes (add, remove) –By default the first server in the tree holds the Master replica of the [ROOT] partition.

35 NDS/eDirectory Replica Types 2. Read-Write replica: This replica type allows modification to objects and will automatically propagate them to the other replicas based on the timestamps. –You can designate a Read-Write replica as a Master replica. 3. Read-Only replica: This replica type is only readable. –It does not perform any write operations –It will forward all writing requests to a Read-Write replica. –The replica can be designated as a Master replica.

36 NDS/eDirectory Replica Types 4. Filtered Read-Write Replica: This replica contains only a special set of classes and attributes specified by the filter. The replica can be written and the changes will be synchronized to the other replicas. 5. Filtered Read-Only Replica: The same rules applies to this replica type as the ones to the Filtered Read-Write Replica, but the replica is only readable Therefore all writing requests are forwarded to a writeable replica.

37 NDS/eDirectory Replica Types 6. Subordinate reference replica: System-generated replicas that don't contain all the objects, attributes and values like a master or a read/write replica. Therefore, they don't provide fault tolerance. They are internal pointers generated to contain enough information for eDirectory to resolve object names across partition boundaries. You cannot create a Subordinate references replica; eDirectory will create it when the server holds a replica of the parent partition, but not one of the child partitions. It holds no partition data, only information about the "real" replica-holder servers. So it cannot be designated as a Master without adding a Read-Write or Read-Only replica.

38 Activity B-3 - Page Discussing NDS/eDirectory replicas

39 Replica ring Made up by the servers that hold replicas for that partition Documentation of the replica ring might consist of a replica table containing: –A list of servers –A list of partitions –The type of replica stored on each server

40 Activity B-4 Discussing replica rings

41 Fault tolerance Topic A: System fault tolerance Topic B: Replication Topic C: Backup and UPS

42 Backup and UPS Backup of the data is necessary to protect the data in the event of loss of power Three types of backup schemes: –Full backup –Incremental backup –Differential backup

43 Activity C-1 Discussing backup schemes

44 Removable media An alternative to tapes Includes: –Removable hard drives –Floptical media –Rewriteable CD-ROMs and DVDs Provide a convenient way to archive data

45 Activity C-2 Discussing removable media

46 Backup storage Storing backups in your office isn’t a good idea Always keep backups in a secure, access- controlled location Also have backups stored at offsite locations

47 Disaster recovery site options Cold sites Warm sites Hot sites

48 Cold sites Cold site –Usually a single room in which your data center can be recreated in case of a disaster –Can be on site or off site –Doesn’t actually hold any equipment –Coming back on line after a disaster can take quite a bit of time –Least expensive backup site solution

49 Warm sites Warm site –Can be either on site or off site –Contains a fair amount of equipment to create a semi-duplicate of your current data center –Can be live in much less time than a cold site –Is more expensive to create and maintain than a cold site

50 Hot sites Hot site –Is a complete duplication of your current data center –Is typically off site –Can be up and running in a matter of hours –Very expensive to create and maintain

51 Activity C-3 Discussing backup storage

52 Uninterruptible power supply Makes sure that the server is powered down, thereby protecting network data Keeps your system from going down unexpectedly due to line power loss Uses a battery to supply power to the system

53 Activity C-4 Discussing UPS

54 Unit summary Discussed disk configuration Discussed Windows replication and NDS/eDirectory partitions and replication Discussed backup and UPS


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