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SBD STONITH fails to fence other node when using the fully qualified DNS name.

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SBD Stonith fails to resolve node name to fence when using FQDN (Fully Qualified DNS Name) in cluster configuration. 
Errors from /var/log/messages from <node1>
node1 stonith-ng[3008]:   notice: Couldn't find anyone to fence (reboot) with any device
node1 stonith-ng[3008]:    error: Operation reboot of by <no-one> for No such device
node1 crmd[3012]:   notice: Stonith operation 2/1:0:0:edac53d5-64ec-4650-a447-5aa2a5fc004a: No such device (-19)
node1 crmd[3012]:   notice: Stonith operation 2 for failed (No such device): aborting transition.
node1 crmd[3012]:  warning: No devices found in cluster to fence, giving up



Normally, it's recommended to use the DNS short name, IP Address,  or value returned by "uname -n".

Preferred Solution:
Modify the /etc/corosync/corosync.conf to use the DNS short name or IP Address under the
     nodelist --> node --> ring0_addr:

If the short name is used rather than IP Address, it's also recommended to add entry in /etc/hosts to eliminate dependency on an external DNS server.
nodelist {
        node {
                ring0_addr: node1
                nodeid: 1

        node {
                ring0_addr: node2
                nodeid: 2

Although FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Names) is supported by Pacemaker, Corosync and SBD, it will require additional configuration outlined in Optional Solution below. 

Optional Solution:
If using FQDN for ring0_addr in the /etc/corosync/corosync.conf, then follow these steps.
  1.  Remove the /etc/sysconfig/sbd from the /etc/csync2/csync2.cfg so it does not get synchronized across cluster nodes.  This file will need to be managed outside of csync2 as it will be different on each node.
  2.  Use the "-n node" option for SBD.      Reference: man sbd (8)
      Set the "SBD_OPTS=-n <FQDN of node1>" in /etc/sysconfig/sbd on first node.
      Set the "SBD_OPTS=-n <FQDN of node2>" in /etc/sysconfig/sbd on second node.



Additional Information

Pacemaker documentation [1] clarifies how the manager obtains node names:
The name Pacemaker uses is:
1) The value stored in corosync.conf under ring0_addr in the nodelist, if it does not contain an IP address; otherwise
2) The value stored in corosync.conf under name in the nodelist; otherwise
3) The value of uname -n

Beware: If `uname -n` does not match the name of the node in the cluster configuration, you will need to pass the advertised name to SBD with the`-n` option. 
Example: SBD_OPTS="-n <FQDN host name>"

The sbd(8) manual page explains how SBD works in this regard:
    -n node
 Set local node name; defaults to "uname -n". This should not need to be set.


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  • Document ID:000019877
  • Creation Date: 11-Feb-2021
  • Modified Date:12-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension

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