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Re: [Linux-cluster] Monitoring Failovers

I have 2 thoughts.  I was looking at the output of the clustat -l
command and i noticed it has a 'last transition' timestamp.  I was
thinking about looking at that and using it to create an alarm that
says "The last transition happened less than X minutes ago or
something like that.   It is a little sketchy, but could be a
possibility, and most of the code needed has already by the author of
check_rhcs script that i found, I believed authored by Chris St.
Pierre.  (If this is incorrect, please let me know as the author
should be credited.)

My second thought was a little more complicated and would require more
work, but basically using syslog-ng's parsing capiblities, I would
send all cluster service messages to a script that would parse and
look for failover messages.  The messages could be sent to NSCA.

I am going to try the first one, and see if it can meet my needs, then
maybe work on the second.


On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 11:41 AM, Martin Fuerstenau
<martin fuerstenau oce com> wrote:
> It is a little bit hard to do. It is on my todo list too. The problem is
> to determine the old state. So for example if you switch an ip address
> and you have a service bound to that address you have nearly no chance
> to monitor it from the Nagios side.
> I have tested using the MAC address and arp but this is awesome if you
> have bonding. Because if the MAC switches it may be the bonding of the
> cluster or the cluster switched. But hardcoded MAC addresses in the
> monitor script will not be good idea.
> Too much trouble in maintenance.
> If anyone has a good idea I will write the plugin and post it
> Nagiosexchange.
> Martin Fuerstenau
> On Fri, 2009-02-20 at 11:04 -0500, Burton Simonds wrote:
>> I am in the process of setting up Nagios for system monitoring, and I
>> would like to have a way to know if a failover has occurred.  If
>> everything works as it should, there be a minimal impact on the
>> services.  Right now it looks like my best bet is basically scrape the
>> logs and look for the failover messages there and trigger an alarm.
>> I was wondering if anyone else has done anything.  I found in an
>> archive a check_rhcs script that I am going to employ (which looks
>> pretty cool), but that just looks at the status of the services.  I
>> want to either compare the current status to the previous status or
>> have something monitoring the cluster an pushes the alert to Nagios.
>> Thanks,
>> B
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