In my two previous posts about the new Ceph 12.2 release, named Luminous, I first described the new Bluestore storage technology, and I then upgraded my cluster to the 12.2 release. By default, Ceph can run both OSD using Filestore and Bluestore, so that existing clusters can be safely migrated to Luminous. On the long run, however, users who have previously deployed FileStore are likely to want to transition to BlueStore in order to take advantage of the improved performance and robustness. However, an individual OSD cannot be converted in place. The “conversion” is, in reality, the destruction of a Filestore and the creation of a Bluestore OSD, while the cluster takes care every time of evacuating the old OSD, replicate its content into other OSDs, and then rebalance the content once the new Bluestore is added to the cluster.
In 2012 I wrote a blog post that became really popular: Installing VMware tools on Centos 6 via yum. Few years forward, and today the preferred tools are the open sourced ones available natively in many linux package managers. So, some may think to switch from one version to the other one for their existing virtual machines. That’s what I’ve done in some of my virtual machines, and here is the process.