Using persistent name on heartbeat

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9



On a system with multiple network devices that have different drivers, it could happen that interface names for these devices switch randomly at every boot. This will confuse heartbeat because the configuration is related to the device names like eth0, eth1, etc.


To avoid this problem, the network devices name has to relate to the MAC-Adress of the Network Card. This can be done with the persistent name option.

On a heartbeat system, the following steps are required:
  1. Add the option PERSISTENT_NAME to the file /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-eth-id*
    e.g. PERSISTENT_NAME='nic0'
    (Important: Do not use any default name like eth0, eth1, etc.)
  2. Add the given persistent name also to the file /etc/ha.d/haresourses.
    E.g. "bs1 drbddisk::drbd0 ..."
  3. Reboot the system.
    Note: simply restarting the network does not work.
    (for more information see the documentation on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server CD1)


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  • Document ID:3692218
  • Creation Date: 05-Jul-2007
  • Modified Date:25-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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