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[Linux-cluster] Queries regarding A four node Cluster setup




Hello Team
Need your help in following cluster setup.

---- There are four server in the cluster like server A, server B,server C and server D.
---- Server A and server B is installed with operating system Redhat linux As 3.0 and Beblogic application
---- Server C is installed with operating system Redhat linux As 3.0 and Oracle database.
--- Server D is failover server which is installed with operating system Redhat linux As 3.0 and Beblogical application and Oracle database.
--- Lvm's are created in the Hp storage box which will be the filesystems for the application servers and database server and they are mapped to the particular servers.
--- Server D is mapped with all the filessystems created on HP storage box but they are not mounted in this server.
--- Filesystem which has been created in HP storage box is a pure data which is there for application server and database servers.
--- So Server A  and server B are communicating with server C which is the Databse (Oracle) server.
--- Now the scenario will be like this from End user side.People are going to logg in Server A or Server B or Server C as per their requirement and they are going to read and write their respective data related to their functions on the  storage Box.
--- Clumanager is cluster management program which is to be used.
--- Filesystem in

So now ,customers ONLY requirement is that in case Server A is going down because of some reason,people (End users) still should be in position to continue with their Data I/O on filesystem which is lieing on HP storage box so our cluster will function is such a way that the particular filesystem which was mounted in Server A which now will be transfered to Server D so i/o will not hamper.
One point i want to make clear that during such instance,as per confirmed with customer,the partcular  Beblogic application will be started by human intervention i.e manually in Server D.

Now our queries are like this:

1. We have found that as the filesystem which has been mapped to server A is also mapped to server D and can be mounted simultaneously in both the servers and can be accessed and we can carry out I/O on it.So this can lead to corruption of data and causes insecurities.Such thing  is not going to be carry out by anyone but accidently can be happened. Suppose if server A hangs for small period of time and though cluster manager software,the filesystem which was assigned to this server will automatically get mounted in Failover server D .i.e Service(Resources) will get transfered.And if Server A is alive again after that period so Are there any possibilities that Both servers can mount and access the Same filesystem and cause Data corruption?
Please elaborate the functionality of Watchdog utility in this case.

2. If suppose in future,if we need to add extra Luns to the existing server which is part of cluster,from Hp storage box,so general practice is to use commands like
rmmod qla2300---------------------------------in order to remove the module of hba card
modproble qla2300-------------------------- in order to install module again
But command will involve the removal of device driver means the Detachment (Not physical) of the externally connected storage so such situtation will be like Downtime of the server.
So query is that is there any fascility in Redhat so that Addition of new Lun will not involve removal of the driver Module and detachment(Not physical)of the storage so we can carry out this activity on the Fly without disturbing the setup?

Warm Regards
Sachin Vishwanath Renake
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