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Is DRBD supported on RHEL systems?

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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), 5, 6, or 7
    • Optionally with the High Availability and/or Resilient Storage Add On
  • DRBD


  • The upstream kernel includes support for Distributed Replicated Block Device (DRBD) starting with the kernel version 2.6.33. Do RHEL kernels include DRBD?
  • Is DRBD supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux ?
  • Can I use DRBD block devices in a High Availability or Resilient Storage cluster?


LINBIT is a Red Hat partner, and provides support directly for DRBD. LINBIT has tested and certified their DRBD product to run on RHEL 5 Update 6 and later, RHEL 6, and RHEL 7.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I purchase support entitlements for DRBD on RHEL?
    If the systems in question run RHEL and have entitlements for support from Red Hat, please contact LINBIT to purchase support for DRBD.

  • Who should I contact for support? Red Hat or LINBIT?
    LINBIT provides support for DRBD, whereas Red Hat provides support for RHEL. If any problem or question arises that spans DRBD and RHEL, or it is not obvious on which side the problem lies, Red Hat and LINBIT support teams will work together to help identify and address the issue or question.

  • Will Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, or 7 include a kernel with DRBD support ?

  • When using the RHEL High Availability Add On, does Red Hat support using a DRBD disk for a quorum device ("qdisk")?

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