I am still in need of some direction with Grub. I have raid1 setup and working. I have grub installed on both drives within the raid set. This is how I did it.
Installing GRUB Onto Drives that have /boot Raid Partitions
Type grub from prompt and will put you in grub's shell:
This will give you where all the grub setup files are located. On my raid1
mirror system listed:
Redhat specifically mounts your /boot partition as the root partition for
grub and is redhat specific. What this is listing are the locations of root
for grub which in fact is grub syntax for where the /boot partition is
Sda=hd0 sdb=hd1 for scsi and hda=hd0 and hdb=hd1 for ide and the second
number specifies the partition number and 0 is the starting number so this
is specifying that it found grub setup files on sda1 and sdb1 scsi or hda1
and hdb1 ide.
Now you want to make sure that grub gets installed into the master boot
record of your additional raid drives so that if id0 is gone then the next
drive has a mbr loaded with grub ready to go. Systems will automatically go
in drive order for both ide and scsi and use the first mbr and active
partitions it finds so you can have multiple drives that have mbr's as well
as active partitions and it won't affect your system booting at all.
So using what was shown with the find above and already knowing that hd0
already has grub in mbr, we then run:
Grub>device (hd0) /dev/sdb (/dev/hdb for ide)
Grub>root (hd0,0) and then:
Grub will then spit out all the commands it runs in the background of setup
and will end with a successful embed command and then install command and
end with .. succeeded on both of these commands and then Done returning to
the grub> prompt.
Notice that we made the second drive device 0. Why is that you ask?
Because device 0 is going to be the one with mbr on the drive so passing
these commands to grub temporarily puts the 2nd mirror drive as 0 and will
put a bootable mbr on the drive and when you quit grub you still have the
original mbr on sda and will still boot to it till it is missing from the
You have then just succeeded in installing grub to the mbr of your other
mirrored drive and marked the boot partition on it active as well. This
will insure that if id0 fails that you can still boot to the os with id0
pulled and not have to have an emergency boot floppy.
That is the process I went through to install it to the second drive. On my system I have IDE and it is hda and hdd. It worked but didn't work. I am assuming that since doing this I have successfully installed grub on the second drive in the MBR? I am also assuming that by doing this I can now shutdown the PC and boot from either hda or hdd by unplugging one drive or the other? That doesn't seem to be true. I can boot from hda but not from hdd. Can anyone lend any suggestions as to where to look to figure out the problem? This is that last thing that I need to work before getting my box into production with raid1 redundancy. Thanks.