How do I check the HDDs in a Sangoma appliance?

I have a Sangoma OpenBox FreePBX 500 appliance purchased in 2016. It’s my understanding that it’s running RAID 1 for mirrored HHDs. My question is how can I check on the health of those HDDs? If one of them failed would I get a notice on the FreePBX Dashboard or would I simply not know until the second one also failed and I was left with a non-working system? Is there a command line I can run to check?

cat /proc/mdstat to start.

Thank you. Looks like things are good so far.

      Personalities : [raid1]
      md0 : active raid1 sda1[0] sdb1[1]
            307136 blocks super 1.0 [2/2] [UU]

      md1 : active raid1 sdb2[1] sda2[0]
            1047552 blocks super 1.1 [2/2] [UU]

      md2 : active raid1 sdb3[1] sda3[0]
            311083008 blocks super 1.1 [2/2] [UU]
            bitmap: 3/3 pages [12KB], 65536KB chunk

To make sure that both disks have GRUB installed

Is non disruptive.

I see on the instructions that I need to specify the location to install GRUB. They list some examples but I can’t help but notice that none of their examples have a md0 drive structure. They list SDA and HD0.

Am I correct that I’d use the command # grub-install /dev/md0 in the case of my FreePBX system? And then again on the second disk # grub-install /dev/md1? Obviously my Linux is very weak and I sure don’t want to screw up my system. I’ll probably wait and work on this next week as this is a busy weekend for me and I don’t want to screw anything up this late on a Friday.

I’ve never done this myself, but this thread seems consistent with my expectation that the GRUB booting environment knows nothing about software RAID: linux - How to correctly install GRUB on a soft RAID 1? - Unix & Linux Stack Exchange

OK, so based on that article it looks like I would run # grub-install /dev/sda1 and # grub-install /dev/sda2 I see there’s an sda3 listed as well but I’m not sure what that is since I’ve never opened the appliance. Would I need to install GRUB on that as well?

Well , lets see a bit more first . .

#what are we working with?
cat /proc/partitions
# are we using efi?
# how are things psrtitioned ?
fdisk -l /dev/sdx
fdisk -l /dev/mdx

Had to stop at the office to pick up some things and saw your post. Thank you. Here are the results.

[[email protected] ~]# cat /proc/mdstat to start.
Personalities : [raid1]
md0 : active raid1 sda1[0] sdb1[1]
      307136 blocks super 1.0 [2/2] [UU]

md1 : active raid1 sdb2[1] sda2[0]
      1047552 blocks super 1.1 [2/2] [UU]

md2 : active raid1 sdb3[1] sda3[0]
      311083008 blocks super 1.1 [2/2] [UU]
      bitmap: 3/3 pages [12KB], 65536KB chunk

unused devices: <none>
cat: to: No such file or directory
cat: start.: No such file or directory
[[email protected] ~]# cat /proc/partitions
major minor  #blocks  name

   8       16  312571224 sdb
   8       17     307200 sdb1
   8       18    1048576 sdb2
   8       19  311214080 sdb3
   8        0  312571224 sda
   8        1     307200 sda1
   8        2    1048576 sda2
   8        3  311214080 sda3
   9        2  311083008 md2
   9        1    1047552 md1
   9        0     307136 md0

[[email protected] ~]# df
Filesystem     1K-blocks     Used Available Use% Mounted on
devtmpfs         8067424        0   8067424   0% /dev
tmpfs            8076024        4   8076020   1% /dev/shm
tmpfs            8076024   852608   7223416  11% /run
tmpfs            8076024        0   8076024   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/md2       306069712 98829816 191669364  35% /
/dev/md0          289229   175179     94598  65% /boot

[[email protected] ~]# fdisk -l /dev/sdx
fdisk: cannot open /dev/sdx: No such file or directory
[[email protected] ~]# fdisk -l /dev/mdx
fdisk: cannot open /dev/mdx: No such file or directory

in cat /dev/mdstat to start , to and start were not encloded by back-ticks , the x in /dev/[ms]dx is a place holder tor items in cat /proc/partitions

fdisk -l /dev/sda
fdisk -l /dev/sdb
fdisk -l /dev/md0  # not needed now
fdiisk -l /dev/md2 # not needed now

in your case, add

cat /etc/mdadm.conf

for grins

is a more knowledgable source than I

I try to learn more of it every day but I use Linux so infrequently that I forget most of what I learn before I need it again. I’m not sure if that’s a blessing or a curse. It’s good that I don’t have too many problems.

I’ll read over with wiki link today. It’s describing the exact thing I’m trying to avoid, a disaster because I wasn’t checking the health of the drives.

[[email protected] ~]# cat /etc/mdadm.conf
MAILFROM [email protected]
# mdadm.conf written out by anaconda
AUTO +imsm +1.x -all
ARRAY /dev/md0 level=raid1 num-devices=2 UUID=190c0886:45c79b1f:94454deb:70874817
ARRAY /dev/md1 level=raid1 num-devices=2 UUID=dd210b54:b9ea35f5:11407d10:cf75df2e
ARRAY /dev/md2 level=raid1 num-devices=2 UUID=d6dfe04c:3a1cc093:8f1396c2:680b666f

Emails are sent to the root account, you can change that to a real emai address either there or in /etc/aliases

It actually is a real account. I changed the text before posting here.

Installing smarttools can give you a deeper audit of the drives

I’m satisfied that the drives are working currently. I’ve made myself a reminder to run mdstat so I can check on them. As my system ages that becomes more important than ever.

My next task is to get a good backup of my system but I think I’ll probably need to hire someone to help me with that. I have a backup set but I’m not sure I did it correctly and we all know how disappointing it is to try to do a restore only to find the backup wasn’t valid.

Do you have someone to suggest or should I put in a ticket with Sangoma and have them peek at it?

You would need a ‘bare metal’ recovery procedure. If you can put up with a couple of hours if downtime, I would suggest clonezilla, if you are 24/7 then mondoarchive (as I do for hardware based systems)

I’ll take a look at those options. Would you say it’s better to have a bare metal backup that way than just using the backup module and having a Distro disc handy? I guess a bare metal backup would allow me to restore to a VM and not need to wait for hardware. Thank you.

With mondo I stick a usb thumbdrive in and have a cronjob that runs mondoarchive every sunday morning.
You are a boot choice away from a ‘nuke’ restore.

LOL… I l feel like I need a backup before I make a backup. I see I’m supposed to install Mindi and Mondo and then make up the backup with about 60 options. That’s pretty intimidating when there’s no backup in case I screw it up.

I’ll backup to a USB drive. That seems the easiest to rewrite and restore from.

Not really 60, just the size in MB’s and it’s ‘location’ (/dev/sdc or whatever) for a cronjob, when it’s working, no tui for the cronjob