GlusterFS Storage Cluster on CentOS 7

1. Introduction

This article describes the deployment steps of a high availability GlusterFS Storage environment on CentOS 7.

After the basic concepts, this document provides information about the following:

Reference System:

# hostnamectl
   Static hostname:
         Icon name: computer
           Chassis: n/a
        Machine ID: b62adea1c2ca472ab04bccafea769109
           Boot ID: c315fd81d1884de4bbf74209caf41c51
    Virtualization: kvm
  Operating System: CentOS Linux 7 (Core)
       CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:centos:centos:7
            Kernel: Linux 3.10.0-229.11.1.el7.x86_64
      Architecture: x86_64

GlusterFS Packages:

# rpm -qa |grep gluster

2. Terms

3. Environment

The basic installation will be demonstrated on two nodes act as a storage cluster.


CentOS 7.1 x64

CentOS 7.1 x64


CentOS 7 x64

Windows Server 2008 x64

SELinux operates in enforcing mode and the firewall is enabled.

# sestatus
SELinux status:                 enabled
SELinuxfs mount:                /sys/fs/selinux
SELinux root directory:         /etc/selinux
Loaded policy name:             targeted
Current mode:                   enforcing
Mode from config file:          enforcing
Policy MLS status:              enabled
Policy deny_unknown status:     allowed
Max kernel policy version:      28

# firewall-cmd --state

Both servers have an empty disk attached as /dev/vdb. Using this disk, a new logical volume group (vg_gluster) will be created for XFS bricks.

Verify available partitions:

# cat /proc/partitions
major minor  #blocks  name
 252        0   31457280 vda
 252        1     512000 vda1
 252        2   30944256 vda2
 252       16   31457280 vdb
... output omitted ...

4. GlusterFS Server Installation

Choose a package source: either the CentOS Storage SIG or

4.1. Using CentOS Storage SIG Packages

# yum search centos-release-gluster

# yum install centos-release-gluster37 
# yum install glusterfs gluster-cli glusterfs-libs glusterfs-server

4.2. Using Packages

# yum update -y

Download the latest glusterfs-epel repository from

# yum install wget -y

# wget -P /etc/yum.repos.d/

Also install the latest EPEL repository from to resolve all dependencies:

# yum install

Both repositories are enabled by default:

# yum repolist
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * epel:
 * extras:
 * updates:
repo id                           repo name                                                                                status
base/7/x86_64                     CentOS-7 - Base                                                                          8,652
epel/x86_64                       Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 - x86_64                                           8,476
extras/7/x86_64                   CentOS-7 - Extras                                                                          180
glusterfs-epel/7/x86_64           GlusterFS is a clustered file-system capable of scaling to several petabytes.               14
glusterfs-noarch-epel/7           GlusterFS is a clustered file-system capable of scaling to several petabytes.                2
updates/7/x86_64                  CentOS-7 - Updates                                                                       1,246
repolist: 18,570

Install GlusterFS Server and Samba packages on both storage cluster nodes.

# yum install glusterfs-server samba -y

4.3. XFS Bricks

{i} Skip these optional steps if your environment is already have prepared XFS bricks (partitions).

Create a new Physical Volume using /dev/vdb disk:

# pvcreate /dev/vdb
  Physical volume "/dev/vdb" successfully created

Create a Volume Group on /dev/vdb:

# vgcreate vg_gluster /dev/vdb
  Volume group "vg_gluster" successfully created

Create brick1 and brick2 Logical Volumes for XFS bricks on both cluster nodes:

# lvcreate -L 5G -n brick1 vg_gluster
  Logical volume "brick1" created.

# lvcreate -L 5G -n brick2 vg_gluster
  Logical volume "brick2" created.

Setup XFS file systems:

# mkfs.xfs /dev/vg_gluster/brick1

# mkfs.xfs /dev/vg_gluster/brick2

Create mount points and mount XFS bricks:

# mkdir -p /bricks/brick{1,2}

# mount /dev/vg_gluster/brick1 /bricks/brick1

# mount /dev/vg_gluster/brick2 /bricks/brick2

Extend the /etc/fstab:

/dev/vg_gluster/brick1  /bricks/brick1    xfs     defaults    0 0
/dev/vg_gluster/brick2  /bricks/brick2    xfs     defaults    0 0

Result: Both cluster nodes have two XFS partitions mounted to /bricks/brick{1,2} folders.

4.4. Trusted Pool (Storage Cluster)

Enable and start glusterfsd.service on both nodes:

# systemctl enable glusterd.service
ln -s '/usr/lib/systemd/system/glusterd.service' '/etc/systemd/system/'

# systemctl start glusterd.service

/!\ Ports TCP:24007-24008 are required for communication between GlusterFS nodes and each brick requires another TCP port starting at 24009.

Enable required ports on the firewall:

# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=24007-24008/tcp --permanent

# firewall-cmd --reload

Use gluster command to connect the second GlusterFS node and create a Trusted Pool (Storage Cluster).

# gluster peer probe
peer probe: success.

Verify cluster peer:

# gluster peer status
Number of Peers: 1
Uuid: e528dc23-689c-4306-89cd-1d21a2153057
State: Peer in Cluster (Connected)

/!\ Don't need to run "gluster peer probe" command on the second cluster node.

5. High Availability GlusterFS Volumes

GlusterFS Volume works with Gluster File System which is a logical collection of XFS bricks.

The following table shows dependencies between Volume types and sizes:

Available GlusterFS Volume types

Volume space calculations

Distributed (for maximum space)

1G + 1G = 2G

Replicated (for high availability)

1G + 1G = 1G

Striped (for large files)

1G + 1G = 2G

Distributed and Replicated

(1G+1G) + (1G+1G) = 2G

Distributed and Striped

(1G+1G) + (1G+1G) = 4G

Distributed, Replicated and Stripped

[(1G+1G)+(1G+1G)] + [(1G+1G)+(1G+1G)] = 4G

Open the required port on the firewall.

{i} Remember, each brick in the GlusterFS Volume requires a TCP port starting at 24009:

# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=24009/tcp --permanent

# firewall-cmd --reload

Use the /bricks/brick1 XFS partition on both nodes to create a highly available Replicated Volume. First create a sub-directory in /bricks/brick1 mount point. It will be necessary for GlusterFS.

# mkdir /bricks/brick1/brick

Create a replicated GlusterFS Volume:

/!\ Run this command on the first node only.

# gluster volume create glustervol1 replica 2 transport tcp \
volume create: glustervol1: success: please start the volume to access data

# gluster volume start glustervol1
volume start: glustervol1: success

Verify GlusterFS Volumes:

# gluster volume info all
Volume Name: glustervol1
Type: Replicate
Volume ID: 6953a675-f966-4ae5-b458-e210ba8ae463
Status: Started
Number of Bricks: 1 x 2 = 2
Transport-type: tcp
Options Reconfigured:
performance.readdir-ahead: on

6. GlusterFS Clients

GlusterFS volumes can be accessed using GlusterFS Native Client (CentOS / RedHat / OracleLinux 6.5 or later), NFS v3 (other Linux clients), or CIFS (Windows clients).

6.1. Open the Firewall for Glusterfs/NFS/CIFS Clients

# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-service=nfs --add-service=samba --add-service=samba-client --permanent

# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=111/tcp --add-port=139/tcp --add-port=445/tcp --add-port=965/tcp --add-port=2049/tcp \
--add-port=38465-38469/tcp --add-port=631/tcp --add-port=111/udp --add-port=963/udp --add-port=49152-49251/tcp  --permanent

# firewall-cmd --reload

6.2. Access from another CentOS 7 machine via GlusterFS Native Client

All required packages are available by default in the CentOS 7 Base repository.

Install GlusterFS Client packages:

# yum install glusterfs glusterfs-fuse attr -y

Mount GlusterFS Volumes on the client:

# mount -t glusterfs /mnt/

Add a new line to the /etc/fstab (optional):       /mnt  glusterfs   defaults,_netdev  0  0

6.3. Access from other Linux machines via NFS

/!\ GlusterFS NFS server only supports version 3 of NFS protocol.

On both nodes, add the following line to the /etc/nfsmount.conf file:


{i} It is recommended to reboot all glusterfs nodes before continue.

Mount GlusterFS Volumes via NFS:

# mount -t nfs /mnt/

Append the following line to /etc/fstab (optional):       /mnt  nfs   defaults,_netdev  0  0

6.4. Troubleshooting NFS


# mount -t nfs /mnt/
mount.nfs: Connection timed out

The mount command fails because the NFS server is not running (N/A).

# gluster volume status
Status of volume: glustervol1
Gluster process                                   TCP Port  RDMA Port  Online  Pid
Brick   49152     0          Y       2473
Brick   49152     0          Y       1394
NFS Server on localhost                                         N/A       N/A        N       N/A
Self-heal Daemon on localhost                                   N/A       N/A        Y       2562
NFS Server on                              2049      0          Y       2531
Self-heal Daemon on                        N/A       N/A        Y       2539


Start/enable rpcbind service on the GlusterFS server.

# ps aux| grep rpcbind | grep -v grep

# /sbin/rpcbind -w

Restart GlusterFS Volume:

# gluster volume start glustervol1 force
volume start: glustervol1: success

6.5. Access from Windows/Linux machines via CIFS

Install/update the required packages on both cluster nodes:

# yum install samba samba-client samba-common samba-vfs-glusterfs selinux-policy-targeted -y

{i} The samba package is installed previously

Start/enable Samba services.

# systemctl start smb.service
# systemctl enable smb.service
# systemctl start nmb.service
# systemctl enable nmb.service

Once a new GlusterFS Volume is created/started, it is added to the Samba configuration file automatically as gluster-<Volume_name> file share.

Verify GlusterFS shares in the /etc/samba/smb.conf

comment = For samba share of volume glustervol1
vfs objects = glusterfs
glusterfs:volume = glustervol1
glusterfs:logfile = /var/log/samba/glusterfs-glustervol1.%M.log
glusterfs:loglevel = 7
path = /
read only = no
guest ok = yes

Add a new parameter - kernel share modes = No to the GlusterFS samba configuration.

comment = For samba share of volume glustervol1
vfs objects = glusterfs
glusterfs:volume = glustervol1
glusterfs:logfile = /var/log/samba/glusterfs-glustervol1.%M.log
glusterfs:loglevel = 7
path = /
read only = no
guest ok = yes
kernel share modes = No

Prepare the glustervol1 GlusterFS Volume for Samba:

# gluster volume set glustervol1 stat-prefetch off
volume set: success

# gluster volume set glustervol1 server.allow-insecure on
volume set: success

# gluster volume set glustervol1 storage.batch-fsync-delay-usec 0
volume set: success

Add the following line to /etc/glusterfs/glusterd.vol on each nodes:

option rpc-auth-allow-insecure on

Restart glusterfs service:

# systemctl restart glusterd.service

Define a new samba user:

# adduser sambauser

# smbpasswd -a sambauser
New SMB password:
Retype new SMB password:
Added user sambauser.

Set SELinux to enable sharing GlusterFS Volumes over Samba:

# setsebool -P samba_share_fusefs on
# setsebool -P samba_load_libgfapi on

Restart Samba:

# systemctl restart smb.service
# systemctl restart nmb.service

Mount GlusterFS Volume on Linux via CIFS (Samba):

# yum install cifs-utils -y

# mount -t cifs \\\\\\gluster-glustervol1 /mnt/ -o user=sambauser,pass=mypassword

Mount GlusterFS Volume on Windows:

c:\>net use Z: \\\gluster-glustervol1 /user:sambauser password
The command completed successfully.

6.6. Troubleshooting SELinux issues


SELinux enforcing denies mount action to glusterd.


# tail -f /var/log/audit/audit.log

type=AVC msg=audit(1441281548.188:421): avc:  denied  { name_bind } for  pid=2636 comm="smbd" src=65534  
 _fcksavedurl="65534" scontext=system_u:system_r:smbd_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:object_r:unreserved_port_t:s0 tclass=tcp_socket
type=SYSCALL msg=audit(1441281548.188:421): arch=c000003e syscall=49 success=no exit=-13 a0=22 a1=7f3044bd1200 a2=10 a3=6 items=0
ppid=2201 pid=2636 auid=4294967295 uid=0 gid=0 euid=0 suid=0 fsuid=0 egid=0 sgid=0 fsgid=0 tty=(none) ses=4294967295 comm="smbd" 
exe="/usr/sbin/smbd" subj=system_u:system_r:smbd_t:s0 key=(null)
type=AVC msg=audit(1441281548.188:422): avc:  denied  { name_connect } for  pid=2636 comm="smbd" dest=24007
 scontext=system_u:system_r:smbd_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:object_r:gluster_port_t:s0 tclass=tcp_socket
type=SYSCALL msg=audit(1441281548.188:422): arch=c000003e syscall=42 success=no exit=-13 a0=22 a1=7f3044bd0d08 a2=10 a3=7f3041473c8c
items=0 ppid=2201 pid=2636 auid=4294967295 uid=0 gid=0 euid=0 suid=0 fsuid=0 egid=0 sgid=0 fsgid=0 tty=(none) ses=4294967295 
comm="smbd" exe="/usr/sbin/smbd" subj=system_u:system_r:smbd_t:s0 key=(null)


# yum install policycoreutils-python -y

# setenforce 0

# load_policy

Now try to mount the Volume again.

{i} The policy will be enabled based on the error message.

Run the following commands to fix this SELinux issue:

# audit2allow -M glusterd_centos64 -l -i /var/log/audit/audit.log
******************** IMPORTANT ***********************
To make this policy package active, execute:
semodule -i glusterd_centos64.pp

# setenforce 1

# semodule -i glusterd_centos64.pp


7. Extend GlusterFS Volumes without downtime

When expanding a distributed replicated or distributed striped volume, it needs to add a number of bricks that is a multiple of the replica or stripe count. For example, to expand a distributed replicated volume with a replica count of 2, it needs to add bricks in multiples of 2.

Volume parameters before the extension:

# gluster volume info all
Volume Name: glustervol1
Type: Replicate
Volume ID: 6953a675-f966-4ae5-b458-e210ba8ae463
Status: Started
Number of Bricks: 1 x 2 = 2
Transport-type: tcp
... output omitted ...

{i} Each brick requires another TCP port starting at 24009 so the port for the second brick will be the tcp/24010.

Open the firewall for the new brick:

# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=24010/tcp --permanent

# firewall-cmd --reload

To extend the glustervol1 Volume, use the remained two XFS bricks - created previously in the XFS Bricks section.

# mount |grep brick2
/dev/mapper/vg_gluster-brick2 on /bricks/brick2 type xfs (rw,relatime,seclabel,attr2,inode64,noquota)

Create a necessary folder within /bricks/brick2.

# mkdir /bricks/brick2/brick 

Extend the GlusterFS Volume without any downtime:

# gluster volume add-brick glustervol1
volume add-brick: success

Verify the Volume:

# gluster volume info glustervol1
Volume Name: glustervol1
Type: Distributed-Replicate
Volume ID: 6953a675-f966-4ae5-b458-e210ba8ae463
Status: Started
Number of Bricks: 2 x 2 = 4
Transport-type: tcp

Now the Volume is extended with two bricks and became Distributed-Replicate.

Volume is Unevenly Balanced:

Check the disk usage on the glusterfs servers with df:

# df -h | grep brick

{i} Notice the disk usage on the bricks isn't balanced after adding additional bricks.

Rebalance the Volume:

{i} Initiate the rebalance from only one of the glusterfs servers.

# gluster volume rebalance glustervol1 start

Check the Rebalance Status:

# gluster volume rebalance glustervol1 status

Once the rebalance is complete, verify by checking with df as mentioned earlier.

{i} Depending on the configured glusterfs mode, files should be balanced across the nodes.

Verify Files on the Bricks:

# ls -l /bricks/brick*/brick/

8. Troubleshooting Errors

8.1. Already Part of a Volume

volume create: glustervol2: failed: /bricks/brick3/brick is already part of a volume

/!\ Proceed with caution!

Verify the brick is not in use in another volume. If it is not in use you can clear an extended file attribute to make it usable in a gluster volume.

# setfattr -x trusted.glusterfs.volume-id /bricks/brick3/brick
# setfattr -x trusted.gfid /bricks/brick3/brick
# rm -rf /bricks/brick3/brick/.glusterfs

8.2. Peer in Cluster state

volume create: glustervol2: failed: Staging failed on 
Error: Host is not in ' Peer in Cluster' state

Verify /etc/hosts or DNS is functional for the host in question (ex:

Check that the "failing host" is defined in the /etc/hosts file on all glusterfs cluster nodes (including itself).

9. Attribution

Initial Author: ZoltanPorkolab

Contributor: MichaelBear

HowTos/GlusterFSonCentOS (last edited 2017-01-02 04:56:16 by MichaelBear)