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Re: [Linux-cluster] Is there any backup heartbeat channel

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2009/8/12 Hakan VELIOGLU <veliogluh itu edu tr>

Hi list,

I am trying a two node cluster with RH 5.3 on Sun X4150 hardware. I use a
private network for heartbeat channel and fence_ipmilan for fencing the two
node. When I unplug the heartbeat channel cable, both cluster nodes shut
themselves down with fence_ipmilan.

I think the single point of failure for this design is private heartbeat
channel. I made a search on the web and there seems no backup heartbeat
channel (like LVS) on cluster suite.

How can I overcome this single point of failure problem?

One solution is I think, bonding heartbeat interfaces, however I use all
available interfaces and there is no extra interface for private heartbeat
channel. For this reason this solution doesn't suit me.

Why do you need a private heartbeat channel? Configure two network
interfaces in a bonding one, connect the two of them to two different
switches (with a redundant interconnection), make sure switches let
multicast traffic through. Configure bonding interface IP to fit your needs.

This is another good solution which already mentioned in the list. I use this cluster design for two xen hosts. We have VLAN networking and I got two interfaces which are trunk. Then I made bridge vlan interfaces on this bond trunk network for virtual machines. So there left two interfaces. One of them is for management network which is in a DMZ zone. And another for private heartbeat. I can use management for heartbeat but what changes? When I unplug the management network cable this problem will occur again. I cant bond the private and management interfaces because of limitations on network hardware?

On the other hand this solution is good for other cluster desings but not this I think. I am really confused why there is no backup heartbeat channel in cluster suite?


Anybody has an idea to overcome heartbeat channel failure problem.

Hakan Velioğlu

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