[PVE-User] Proxmox Fencing

Alex K rightkicktech at gmail.com
Mon Jul 5 13:49:06 CEST 2021

Hi Eneko,

On Mon, Jul 5, 2021 at 2:30 PM Eneko Lacunza via pve-user <
pve-user at lists.proxmox.com> wrote:

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> Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2021 13:30:41 +0200
> Subject: Re: [PVE-User] Proxmox Fencing
> Hi Alex,
> El 5/7/21 a las 13:18, Alex K escribió:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'm new to proxmox and trying to setup a 2 + 1 node active/active HA
> > cluster on top glusterfs using latest community
> pve-manager/6.4-4/337d6701
> > (running kernel: 5.4.106-1-pve). The third node is  used for gluster
> > arbitration and perhaps I have to configure in it a quorum disk also to
> > keep quorum in case of a node failure (not clear yet at my mind, still
> > reading the docs).
> If you have 3 nodes, you want all them in Proxmox cluster for proper
> quorum majority. No need for quorum disk that way. (note that I don't
> know how gluster works).
Gluser has a similar concept for quorum so as to keep writes on the
storage. Hence I am placing a third node in the setup. Due to cost
limitations, the third node has minimal specs and is not meant to host VMs.
It is a mini-PC thats why I did not add it as a proxmox host. I am
wondering if it is possible to add it as a proxmox host and put a
constraint to avoid VMs migrating into it. In this way I will achieve the
required quorum levels without adding a full spec host.

> I am stuck at the moment at the fencing part of the setup. Reading through
> > the docs it seems that I have only the option to setup hardware watchdog
> > fencing. I would expect to be able to use external media such as IPMI,
> > iDrac, HP iLO or UPS based power management (APC) though I can't find any
> > info how these are configured at current version of Proxmox.
> Currently by default Proxmox uses a software watchdog. I'm not sure if
> hardware watchdog support was introduced, others may help with this.
According to the docs it seems there is hardware watchdog option:
hardware watchdog - if not available we fall back to the linux kernel
software watchdog (softdog)

> > In case of a network partition and not a node hardware issue, how is the
> > watchdog going to behave? Is a healthy but disconnected node going to be
> > power cycled? I will soon proceed with testing as soon as I manage to
> setup
> > fencing though I wanted to better understand this part of fencing.
> The node that drops out of quorum will be rebooted. If there where
> CM/CTs configured for HA in that node, Proxmox will attempt to restart
> them in another node.
So soft-fencing is done from ha-manager? How are the other nodes notified
that the rebooted host is indeed rebooted so as to start the HA VMs?

Thanx for the feedback

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