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Re: [Linux-cluster] qdisk WITHOUT fencing

On 06/21/2010 08:52 AM, Kaloyan Kovachev wrote:
On Fri, 18 Jun 2010 18:15:09 +0200, brem belguebli
<brem belguebli gmail com>  wrote:
How do you deal with fencing when the intersite interconnects (SAN and
LAN) are the cause of the failure ?

GPRS or the good old modem over a phone line?

That isn't going to work if the whole site is down for whatever reason (unlikely as it may be).

To protect yourself from the 100% outage of a remote site, the only sane way I of approaching it I can think of is to do something like the following:

1) Make each node fence itself off from the failed node using iptables or some other firewalling method. The SAN should also be prevented from allowing the booted out node back onto it.

2) Fail over the IP address or DNS name of the service. Since it's across different sites, you are likely to have to use something like RIP to re-route the IPs, so DNS on short refresh may well be an easier and possibly safer option. It'll mean some downtime, but probably less than any manual intervention in an unplanned case.

It's not entirely ideal, bit it's about as good as it is likely to get. And you can write a fencing agent to do something like this easily enough.


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