Rootfs over encrypted lvm over raid-1 on GPT

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This howto describes how to setup LVM and rootfs with cryptoLUKS-encrypted raid-1 over drive with GPT

Rootfs over encrypted lvm over raid-1 on GPT

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How to prepare the hard disk for GPT read Funtoo Linux Installation on GPT_Partitions. For example, installing a new system on /dev/sdb

# gdisk -l /dev/sdb
GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.6.13

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

Found valid GPT with protective MBR; using GPT.
Disk /dev/sdb: 625142448 sectors, 298.1 GiB
Logical sector size: 512 bytes
Disk identifier (GUID): 67AC0F92-E033-4B53-B6C5-D99DD8F49D90
Partition table holds up to 128 entries
First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 625142414
Partitions will be aligned on 2048-sector boundaries
Total free space is 3038 sectors (1.5 MiB)

Number  Start (sector)    End (sector)  Size       Code  Name
   1            2048          206847   100.0 MiB   0700  Linux/Windows data
   2          206848          207871   512.0 KiB   EF02  BIOS boot partition
   3          208896       625142414   298.0 GiB   FD00  Linux RAID

If you plan to use a raid-1 for installing only one partition (/dev/sdb3 in example) and, if successful, later add more to the mirror, issue something like:

# mdadm --create /dev/md0 --level=1 --raid-devices=2 missing /dev/sdb3

If you prefer to add the two final destination devices to the array in the first place, issue something like:

# mdadm --create /dev/md0 --level=1 --raid-devices=2 /dev/sda3 /dev/sdb3

If everything worked well, the arrays will start synchronising immediately. You can monitor this progress by looking at the contents of /proc/mdstat:

# cat /proc/mdstat
Personalities : [raid1] [raid0] [raid6] [raid5] [raid4]
md2 : active raid1 sdb5[1] sda5[0]
      581595328 blocks [2/2] [UU]

md1 : active raid1 sdb4[1] sda4[0]
      41942976 blocks [2/2] [UU]
      [>....................]  resync =  1.6% (691456/41942976) finish=8.9min speed=76828K/sec

md0 : active raid1 sdb1[1] sda1[0]
      511936 blocks [2/2] [UU]

unused devices: <none>

Now, that's awesome, isn't it? :) Even more awesome is the fact that you can immediately start using your shiny new RAID. It will finish it's sync in the background while you do changes to its filesystem.

Encrypting the raid-1

# cryptsetup -c aes-xts-plain luksFormat /dev/md0
# cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/md0 dmcrypt_root

Initramfs setup and configuration

No initramfs

To activate the raid-1 during boot without an initramfs, perform:

echo "Activating RAID device."
if [ ! -e '/etc/mdadm.conf' ]
	echo "DEVICE /dev/sda[0-9] /dev/sdb[0-9] /dev/md[0-9]" >> /etc/mdadm.conf
	mdadm --examine --scan --config=/etc/mdadm.conf  >> /etc/mdadm.conf
	mdadm --assemble --scan


Or use better-initramfs with raid-1 mdadm support

# git clone

This script is well documented at it's GitHub overview site (which displays the documentation from README.rst).

Grub2 configuration

Do not forget:


Also, in the non-RAID Funtoo Linux Installation doc, GRUB is only installed into the MBR of /dev/sda. When using RAID1 for /boot, you most probably want to be able to boot your system from the second device in this array, if the first one dies. To be able to do so, a bootloader must be present in the MBR of each array member disk. Because of this, apply the command shown in the main doc to install GRUB to the MBR for each of your array member disks, instead of only the first one. If, for example, you are building a RAID from /dev/sda1 and /dev/sdb1 to contain /boot, you will have to issue the following:

(chroot) # grub-install --no-floppy /dev/sda
(chroot) # grub-install --no-floppy /dev/sdb
(chroot) # boot-update

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