Problems with two node redhat cluster with quorum disk.

Posted on 2010-09-02
Last Modified: 2012-08-14

I'm building a RHEL 5.5 cluster with 2 nodes and a quorum disk. When I reboot both the nodes in the cluster at the same time, clustat shows both the nodes online and the quorum disk. When I disable one node, it fences the node and reboots. The problem is, this node is not able to quorate to the cluster and never joins back to the cluster. Hence the cluster is left with one node and the quorum disk and the node which was rebooted thinks it is online (split-brain).

Following is how my cluster.conf looks like. Any comments/suggestions will be helpful :)

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<cluster alias="clu" config_version="25" name="clu">
        <fence_daemon clean_start="0" post_fail_delay="0" post_join_delay="30"/>
                <clusternode name="node1" nodeid="1" votes="1">
                                <method name="1">
                <clusternode name="node2" nodeid="2" votes="1">
                                <method name="1">
        <cman expected_votes="3"/>
                        <failoverdomain name="nofailback" nofailback="1" ordered="1" restricted="1">
                                <failoverdomainnode name="node1" priority="1"/>
                                <failoverdomainnode name="node2" priority="2"/>
        <totem consensus="4800" join="60" token="136000" token_retransmits_before_loss_const="20"/>
        <quorumd interval="3" label="quorumdisk" min_score="1" tko="15" votes="1"/>

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ID: 33597128
Is the quorum disk on separate system?

I'm not seeing fencedevices nor fence method.

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ID: 33598267
Quorum is a shared SAN space between these two nodes and I do have fencedevices and fence method, but I've not included it here. It shouldnt make any difference in deciding this, but I can include it if required.
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Are you using iscsi to access the storage or do you have FC connection to the drives?
When both nodes are up, can both nodes access the data on the shared drive?
Which fencingmethod and fencing device are you using?
A complete cluster.conf would be helpful.

See if the info in helps.
The example has FC connected storage (brocade fencing)
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One other thing, make sure that both nodes have an identical copy of the cluster.conf file.
Each node may have itself listed as active and you have post_fail_delay="0"  which I think may lead to both trying to comeup as active nodes.

Any error message in /var/log/messages on either node.  You should also not reboot both at the same time. power off one, then reboot the other which should configure itself as the active one.  Then power up the second node which should then run and attempt to rejoin the cluster.  Double check that the IP resource is configured.
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Not sure which version this deals with centos is based on the redhat foundation

If you have access to a similar set of documents should be available there.

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ID: 33613217
"Are you using iscsi to access the storage or do you have FC connection to the drives?"
-> FC Connection

"When both nodes are up, can both nodes access the data on the shared drive?"
-> Should be. Both the nodes can see the quorum drive online at the same time.

Which fencingmethod and fencing device are you using?"
-> IBM blade center.

I've verified the both the nodes have identical cluster.conf. The problem is, eventually when one of the two nodes goes down and is rebooted, that node can not form a quorum with the cluster and shows as offline. The node is not able to rejoin the cluster. So the logs in /var/log/messages says that 'Cluster is not quorate. Refusing connections'

I was not able to find much useful info about two node cluster with quorum disk, hence seeking help here.

Any idea why is the node not able to form quorum and join the cluster.
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arnold earned 500 total points
ID: 33613987
Other than the storage fencing, don't you also have an IP based fencing?
Can you post the cluster config?
You need to fence based on all the shared resources.

What is the error if any on the active node.  I think the issue is that when a rebooted node comes up, it can not

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