RBD on Windows
rbd command can be used to create, remove, import, export, map or
unmap images exactly like it would on Linux. Make sure to check the
RBD basic commands guide.
librbd.dll is also available for applications that can natively use Ceph.
Please check the installation guide to get started.
rbd-wnbd daemons are managed by a centralized service. This allows
decoupling the daemons from the Windows session from which they originate. At
the same time, the service is responsible of recreating persistent mappings,
usually when the host boots.
Note that only one such service may run per host.
By default, all image mappings are persistent. Non-persistent mappings can be
requested using the
Persistent mappings are recreated when the service starts, unless explicitly unmapped. The service disconnects the mappings when being stopped. This also allows adjusting the Windows service start order so that RBD images can be mapped before starting services that may depend on it, such as VMMS.
In order to be able to reconnect the images,
rbd-wnbd stores mapping
information in the Windows registry at the following location:
The following command can be used to configure the service. Please update
rbd-wnbd.exe path accordingly:
New-Service -Name "ceph-rbd" ` -Description "Ceph RBD Mapping Service" ` -BinaryPathName "c:\ceph\rbd-wnbd.exe service" ` -StartupType Automatic
Note that the Ceph MSI installer takes care of creating the
RBD images can be exposed to the OS and host Windows partitions or they can be attached to Hyper-V VMs in the same way as iSCSI disks.
Starting with Openstack Wallaby, the Nova Hyper-V driver can attach RBD Cinder volumes to Hyper-V VMs.
The workflow and CLI is similar to the Linux counterpart, with a few notable differences:
device paths cannot be requested. The disk number and path will be picked by Windows. If a device path is provided by the used when mapping an image, it will be used as an identifier, which can also be used when unmapping the image.
showcommand was added, which describes a specific mapping. This can be used for retrieving the disk path.
servicecommand was added, allowing
rbd-wnbdto run as a Windows service. All mappings are by default persistent, being recreated when the service stops, unless explicitly unmapped. The service disconnects the mappings when being stopped.
listcommand also includes a
The purpose of the
service mode is to ensure that mappings survive reboots
and that the Windows service start order can be adjusted so that RBD images can
be mapped before starting services that may depend on it, such as VMMS.
The mapped images can either be consumed by the host directly or exposed to Hyper-V VMs.
Hyper-V VM disks
The following sample imports an RBD image and boots a Hyper-V VM using it:
# Feel free to use any other image. This one is convenient to use for # testing purposes because it's very small (~15MB) and the login prompt # prints the pre-configured password. wget http://download.cirros-cloud.net/0.5.1/cirros-0.5.1-x86_64-disk.img ` -OutFile cirros-0.5.1-x86_64-disk.img # We'll need to make sure that the imported images are raw (so no qcow2 or vhdx). # You may get qemu-img from https://cloudbase.it/qemu-img-windows/ # You can add the extracted location to $env:Path or update the path accordingly. qemu-img convert -O raw cirros-0.5.1-x86_64-disk.img cirros-0.5.1-x86_64-disk.raw rbd import cirros-0.5.1-x86_64-disk.raw # Let's give it a hefty 100MB size. rbd resize cirros-0.5.1-x86_64-disk.raw --size=100MB rbd device map cirros-0.5.1-x86_64-disk.raw # Let's have a look at the mappings. rbd device list Get-Disk $mappingJson = rbd-wnbd show cirros-0.5.1-x86_64-disk.raw --format=json $mappingJson = $mappingJson | ConvertFrom-Json $diskNumber = $mappingJson.disk_number New-VM -VMName BootFromRBD -MemoryStartupBytes 512MB # The disk must be turned offline before it can be passed to Hyper-V VMs Set-Disk -Number $diskNumber -IsOffline $true Add-VMHardDiskDrive -VMName BootFromRBD -DiskNumber $diskNumber Start-VM -VMName BootFromRBD
The following sample creates an empty RBD image, attaches it to the host and initializes a partition:
rbd create blank_image --size=1G rbd device map blank_image -onon-persistent $mappingJson = rbd-wnbd show blank_image --format=json $mappingJson = $mappingJson | ConvertFrom-Json $diskNumber = $mappingJson.disk_number # The disk must be online before creating or accessing partitions. Set-Disk -Number $diskNumber -IsOffline $false # Initialize the disk, partition it and create a filesystem. Get-Disk -Number $diskNumber | ` Initialize-Disk -PassThru | ` New-Partition -AssignDriveLetter -UseMaximumSize | ` Format-Volume -Force -Confirm:$false # Show the partition letter (for example, "D:" or "F:"): (Get-Partition -DiskNumber $diskNumber).DriveLetter
The Windows SAN policy determines which disks will be automatically mounted.
The default policy (
offlineShared) specifies that:
All newly discovered disks that do not reside on a shared bus (such as SCSI and iSCSI) are brought online and made read-write. Disks that are left offline will be read-only by default.”
Note that recent WNBD driver versions report rbd-wnbd disks as SAS, which is also considered a shared bus. As a result, the disks will be offline and read-only by default.
In order to turn a disk online (mounting the disk partitions) and clear the read-only flag, use the following commands:
Set-Disk -Number $diskNumber -IsOffline $false Set-Disk -Number $diskNumber -IsReadOnly $false
Please check the Limitations section to learn about the Windows limitations that affect automatically mounted disks.
At the moment, the Microsoft Failover Cluster can’t use WNBD disks as
Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs) underlying storage. The main reason is that
rbd-wnbd don’t support the SCSI Persistent Reservations
Hyper-V disk addressing
Hyper-V identifies passthrough VM disks by number instead of SCSI ID, although the disk number can change across host reboots. This means that the VMs can end up using incorrect disks after rebooting the host, which is an important security concern. This issue also affects iSCSI and Fibre Channel disks.
There are a few possible ways of avoiding this Hyper-V limitation:
use an NTFS/ReFS partition to store VHDX image files instead of directly attaching the RBD image. This may slightly impact the IO performance.
use the Hyper-V
AutomaticStartActionsetting to prevent the VMs from booting with the incorrect disks and have a script that updates VM disks attachments before powering them back on. The
ElementNamefield of the Msvm_StorageAllocationSettingData WMI class may be used to label VM disk attachments.
use the Openstack Hyper-V driver, which automatically refreshes the VM disk attachments before powering them back on.
Automatically mounted disks
Disks that are marked as “online” or “writable” will remain so after being reconnected (e.g. due to host reboots, Ceph service restarts, etc).
Unfortunately, Windows restores the disk status based on the disk number, ignoring the disk unique identifier. However, the disk numbers can change after being reconnected. This issue also affects iSCSI and Fibre Channel disks.
Let’s assume that the SAN policy is set to
RBD images are attached and disk 1 is turned online. After a reboot, disk 1
will become online but it may now correspond to a different RBD image. This can
be an issue if the disk that was mounted on the host was actually meant for a
Please consult the Windows troubleshooting page.