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I have been trying forever to get drbd set up in our office, and I cannot figure it out. I'm starting from the very basics. I am using two VM's to test out setting up drbd, so they will be fresh installs. What specific packages do I need to download to drbd off the ground? Thanks for the help.

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closed as too localized by James, Marco Ceppi Dec 19 '11 at 18:23

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Can you provide a more accurate description of the problem? "I cannot figure it out" is not a good one. – Paolo Jun 9 '11 at 22:35
Well my specific question was what do I need to have installed before trying to install drbd. I'm not looking for help in solving the problem. Sorry if I was unclear. – balentaw Jun 9 '11 at 22:37
AFAIK nothing in particular if you don't compile DRBD from source. In this case you need make, gcc, the glibc development libraries, and the flex scanner generator. – Paolo Jun 9 '11 at 22:41
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DRBD got merged into Linux 2.6.33.

Ubuntu 10.04 is shipped with a kernel newer than 2.6.33, this means you already have the drbd module in your kernel. You only have to install the user land code package drbd8-utils. Older kernels require you to install the package drbd8-module too.

Use /sbin/modinfo drbd to show information about drbd module.

On my Ubuntu 11.04 the reduced output of this command is:

filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.38-8-generic/kernel/drivers/block/drbd/drbd.ko
alias:          block-major-147-*
license:        GPL
version:        8.3.9
description:    drbd - Distributed Replicated Block Device v8.3.9
author:         Philipp Reisner <>, Lars Ellenberg <>
srcversion:     CF228D42875CF3A43F2945A
depends:        lru_cache

Next step is configure the system.

I used DRBD in the past and I can say it gives satisfaction, provided that you understand it's not "plug and play". LINBIT's documentation helps.

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Thanks, I've been following those instructions, but I keep getting stuck. I realize it's not plug and play, I've been working on this for 2 weeks lol. – balentaw Jun 9 '11 at 22:26
@balentaw np. You asked which packages you need. Answer: drbd8-utils. Do this help? – Paolo Jun 9 '11 at 22:37

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