[Linux-cluster] Repeated fencing

Doug Tucker tuckerd at lyle.smu.edu
Mon Feb 22 16:15:49 UTC 2010

We have a 2 4.x cluster that has developed an issue we are unable to
resolve.  Starting back in December, the nodes began fencing each other
randomly, and as frequently as once a day.  There is nothing at the
console prior to it happening, and nothing in the logs.  We have not
been able to develop any pattern to this point, the 2 nodes appear to be
functioning fine, and suddenly in the logs a message will appear about
"node x missed too many heartbeats" and the next thing you see is it
fencing the node.  Thinking we possibly had a hardware issue, we
replaced both nodes from scratch with new machines, the problem
persists.  The cluster communication is done via a crossover cable on
eth1 on both devices with private ip's.  We have a 2nd cluster that is
not having this issue, and both nodes have been up for over 160 days.
The configuration is basically identical to the problematic cluster.
The only difference between the 2 now is the newer hardware on the
problematic node (prior, that was identical), and the kernel.  The
non-problematic cluster is still running kernel 89.0.9 and the
problematic cluster is on 89.0.11.  We are afraid at this point to allow
our non problematic cluster upgrade to the latest packages.  Any insight
or advice would be greatly appreciated, we have exhausted our ideas



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