[Linux-cluster] Cluster Setup Questions
jparsons at redhat.com
Wed May 17 12:40:51 UTC 2006
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>What has to be decided:
>Currently, no fencing is decided and two options are considered:
> 1. APC AP7921 Rack PDUs (still don't quite imagine how it'll work
> with servers with dual power supplies, but this can be solved)
> 2. Integrated IBM Slimline RSA II controller (Don't know if it's
> supported by RHCS).
We have a fence agent for RSA II, but it has never been tested with the
slimline controller; only the standard RSA II controller.
AP7921 is a supported power switch and a good choice. In a dual power
supply environment, just configure the general device in the UI under
fence devices, then configure two fences for each node (on the same
fence level). The ui app will note that there are two power fences on
the level and then write the correct 'off-on' sequence into the conf
file. If you have any questions about the conf file and dual power
supplies, just post your file here and someone will be able to help.
>I found from the mailing list, that there are problems with power
>fencing when losing LAN connectivity (no heartbeat => servers
>powercycle each other). Haven't found a way to overcome it, though ;(
>The manual says that RHCS can work with single storage only. Is there
>a way to overcome it without storage virtualization? I really don't
>want building software RAID arrays over MAN.
>If not - I can establish SAN mirroring then, and mirror all the suff
>from "primary" storage to backup storage. Is there a way to make
>cluster automatically check health of "active" storage and
>automatically remount FS from backup storage if active storage goes
>down? The only solution I found is to do this from customized service
>If so - can I run the cluster without common FS resource? My simple
>tests show that that's possible, but want proofs.
>Besides the questions asked above, the two main questions are:
> * How should I design the cluster so it works like I want?
> * How should I implement it?
>Some smaller questions:
>* If the status script returns 0 - status is ok. What happens if not?
>Does the Cluster Software first try to restart the service or fails it
>over to the next node? If tries to restart - by which means ('service
>XXX restart', kill -9, or smth else)?
>* How does cluster software check the status of infrastructure
>resources (IPs, FSes, heartbeat). Can I change the course of actions
>there by writing my own scripts?
>Thanks in advance to those brave enough to answer =)
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