Pacemaker Interview Questions & Answers

Pacemaker Interview Questions

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Pacemaker Interview Questions And Answers

Pacemaker Interview Questions
    1. Question 1. What Is Pacemaker?

      Answer :

      Pacemaker is a cluster resource manager. It achieves maximum availability for your cluster services (resources) by detecting and recovering from node and resource-level failures by making use of the messaging and membership capabilities provided by your preferred cluster infrastructure (either Corosync or Heartbeat).

    2. Question 2. What Are Key Features Of Pacemaker ?

      Answer :

      Pacemaker's key features include:

      • Detection and recovery of node and service-level failures
      • Storage agnostic, no requirement for shared storage
      • Resource agnostic, anything that can be scripted can be clustered
      • Supports STONITH for ensuring data integrity
      • Supports large and small clusters
      • Supports both quorate and resource driven clusters TODO: quorum-driven?
      • Supports practically any redundancy configuration
      • Automatically replicated configuration that can be updated from any node
      • Ability to specify cluster-wide service ordering, colocation and anti-colocation
      • Support for advanced services type
      • Clones: for services which need to be active on multiple nodes
      • Multi-state: for services with multiple modes (eg. master/slave, primary/secondary)
      • Unified, scriptable, cluster shel

    3. Question 3. What Are The Types Of Pacemaker Clusters ?

      Answer :

      Pacemaker supports practically any redundancy configuration including Active/Active, Active/Passive, N+1, N+M, N-to-1 and N-to-N.

    4. Question 4. What Are The Basic Components Of Pacemaker ?

      Answer :

      Pacemaker  is composed of four key components :

      • CIB ( Cluster Information Base)
      • CRMd ( Cluster Resource Management daemon)
      • PEngine ( PE or Policy Engine)
      • STONITHd

      The CIB uses XML to represent both the cluster's configuration and current state of all resources in the cluster. The contents of the CIB are automatically kept in sync across the entire cluster and are used by the PEngine to compute the ideal state of the cluster and how it should be achieved.Pacemaker centralizes all cluster decision making by electing one of the CRMd instances to act as a master. Should the elected CRMd process (or the node it is on) fail… a new one is quickly established.

      STONITH is an acronym for Shoot-The-Other-Node-In-The-Head and is usually implemented with a remote power switch. In Pacemaker, STONITH devices are modeled as resources (and configured in the CIB) to enable them to be easily monitored for failure.

    5. Question 5. How To Check The Current State Of The Cluster In Pacemaker ?

      Answer :

      crm_mon  utility is used to display the current state of an active cluster. It can show the cluster status by node or by resource and can be used in either single-shot or dynamically-updating mode. There are also modes for displaying a list of the operations performed (grouped by node and resource) as well as information about failures.

    6. Question 6. How To Add And Modify The Cluster Resource Configuration In Pacemaker ?

      Answer :

      Using crm utility we can change the cluster resources as show in the below example:

      crm configure property stonith-enabled=false;  (disabled stonith i.e fencing resource)

    7. Question 7. How To Check The Configuration Of The Pacemaker Cluster ?

      Answer :

      crm configure show


      crm configure show xml

    8. Question 8. How To Add Virtual Ipadress/floating Ip Resource In The Pacemaker Cluster ?

      Answer :

      crm configure primitive ClusterIP ocf:heartbeat:IPaddr2 params ip= cidr_netmask=32 op monitor interval=30s is the floating address, we have given the imaginative name ClusterIP and tell the cluster to check that its running every 30 seconds.The other important piece of information here is ocf:heartbeat:IPaddr2, This tells Pacemaker three things about the resource you want to add. The first field, ocf, is the standard to which the resource script conforms to and where to find it. The second field is specific to OCF resources and tells the cluster which namespace to find the resource script in, in this case heartbeat. The last field indicates the name of the resource script.

    9. Question 9. Which Command Is Used To Check The Validity Of The Cluster Configuration ?

      Answer :

      crm_verify -L

    10. Question 10. How To Find All The Ocf Resource Agents Provided By Pacemaker And Heartbeat ?

      Answer :

      crm ra list ocf pacemaker   &  crm ra list ocf heartbeat.

    11. Question 11. What Is Stonith ?

      Answer :

      STONITH is an acronym for Shoot-The-Other-Node-In-The-Head and it protects your data from being corrupted by rogue nodes or concurrent access. Just because a node is unresponsive, this doesn’t mean it isn’t accessing your data. The only way to be 100% sure that your data is safe, is to use STONITH so we can be certain that the node is truly offline, before allowing the data to be accessed from another node.

      STONITH also has a role to play in the event that a clustered service cannot be stopped. In this case, the cluster uses STONITH to force the whole node offline, thereby making it safe to start the service else where.

    12. Question 12. What Is Corosync ?

      Answer :

      The Corosync Cluster Engine is an open source project Licensed under the New BSD License derived from the OpenAIS project.CoroSync contains the infrastructure (such as interprocess communication and network protocols) that used to be part of OpenAIS.

    13. Question 13. What Is The Purpose Of Pacemaker High-availability Clustering?

      Answer :

      As the name of the project suggests, the purpose of Pacemaker high-availability clustering is to make sure that vital resources receive increased availability. Without a clustering solution, a service may fail at the moment the server crashes. If the service is configured as a resource in Pacemaker clustering, Pacemaker ensures that the service will still be available, even if a server in your network fails.

    14. Question 14. What Hardware And Software Do I Need To Run Pacemaker?

      Answer :

      You need at least two servers that run Linux. Currently, Pacemaker is able to support up to 16 servers, but some people run it on clusters that have hundreds of servers, which are called nodes in the cluster. Virtually all Linux distributions are supported. But if you need Enterprise support, Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is currently the only Linux distribution that has that ability. The servers must be installed in the same LAN and, in most cases, a storage area network (SAN) is required as well. For optimal performance, you need a special device that is capable of shutting down a server if needed -- the STONITH device.

    15. Question 15. Do I Need A San If I Want To Create A Cluster?

      Answer :

      Clustering is about increased availability of services. To reach this goal, a service must be able to run on all servers in a cluster. The server must also be able to access its configuration files and data when it moves over to another server. To make this easy, I highly recommend using a SAN. Just put the data and configuration files on the SAN and make sure all servers can reach the SAN. If you can't install a SAN, there is another solution that offers shared access to the files. This could be a Network File System-based solution or a synchronization solution, such as rsync. If your data is not too dynamic, you could even schedule a cron job to keep the data and configuration in sync.

    16. Question 16. Why Do I Need Stonith?

      Answer :

      Imagine that a communication link fails in a two-node cluster. Both servers may think the other one is down and begin servicing the resource that you want to be highly available. If this resource needs access to the shared file system on the SAN, you may end up with a situation where both servers try to write to the same file system at the same time. If you are using a file system like Ext3, XFS or Ext4, this will cause severe file system corruption. The STONITH device makes sure that one of the servers is really shut down before a server can take over a resource from another. It does that by cutting the power to the server so it really is down. This sounds like a strange solution, but it's much better than having file system corruption.

    17. Question 17. Is It Possible To Grant Different Servers Simultaneous Access To The Same Data?

      Answer :

      You can do that if you are using a special purpose cluster file system. Currently, there are two of them: the Oracle Cluster File System (OCFS) 2 and the Global File System. Both are open source, so you can choose whichever system you prefer. If, however, you are creating your cluster on Red Hat Linux, you'll most likely work with GFS, which Red Hat developed. If you use Novell's SUSE, you will be working with OCFS2, because it is the only cluster-aware file system supported on SUSE. The special thing about these file systems is that they have a shared cache. That means if one server writes to the file system, the other server knows about it.

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