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Bonding on Blade servers does not fail over when a link to the core switch is unplugged

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Bonding is set up on a Blade server in active-backup mode and when a cable is unplugged between the blade enclosure and the core switch, Bonding doesn't see the link as down.
The problem is the that the OS running on the Blade server does not get notified that the external link is down.
This is because the OS running on the Blade server is checking the link status of it's NIC which is connected to a switch inside the blade enclosure, and that link is not down.


If Bonding on the Blades OS is not going to be able to be notified of the link down when there is a problem to the core switch then the ARP options will need to be used.

Example 1:  mode=active-backup arp_ip_target=x.x.x.x
In this example the Bonding method is active-backup.  In this mode only one interface will be active at a time.
The arp_target is set to an external device that you expect will always be there.  There can be more than one arp target.  If you have more than one target and any arp target responds then the link is seen by Bonding as up.

Example 2:  mode=active-backup arp_interval=100 arp_ip_target=x.x.x.x arp_validate=3
In this example the Bonding method is also active-backup.
The arp_target is set to an external device that you expect will always be there.
The arp_interval is set to 100 which is the interval for checking to see if slaves have received ARP traffic.
The default = 0, which means disabled.
The arp_validate is set to 3 which means validate all slaves.
The default value is 0 which means don't validate any slaves.


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  • Document ID:7006507
  • Creation Date: 26-Jul-2010
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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