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Node in cluster will not start or join after being fenced.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 11 Service Pack 4


Starting pacemaker or openais service and it fails to start with a dependency error.
systemd[1]: Dependency failed for Pacemaker High Availability Cluster Manager.

Messages seen in SLES12 log after trying to start pacemaker.service and failing to start / join the cluster.
sbd: [34824]: WARN: Found fencing message - aborting start-up. Manual intervention required!
sbd: [34819]: WARN: Servant for pcmk (pid: 34826) has terminated
sbd: [34819]: WARN: Servant for <path to sbd device > (pid: 34824) has terminated[34808]: sbd failed; please check the logs.[34808]: SBD failed to start; aborting.
systemd[1]: sbd.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=1


With the "start" mode option set in the /etc/sysconfig/sbd, you will need to manually clear the SBD slot before it will join.
Need to find out <SBD_DEVICE> which can be found in /etc/sysconfig/sbd file.
Syntax to be run on node that was previously fenced:
  Example: sbd -d <SBD_DEVICE>  message LOCAL clear

You may also issue the command from any node in cluster by specifying the node name instead of "LOCAL"
Syntax:  sbd -d <DEVICE_NAME> message <NODENAME> clear
  Example: sbd -d /dev/sda1 message node1 clear

Once the node slot is cleared, you should be able to start clustering. 
SLES114:  rcopenais start
SLES12+: systemctl start pacemaker.service


This is working as designed / configured.  This detects a fencing type message in the sbd slot for the node and will not allow the node to join the cluster until it's been manually cleared.

Additional Information

Option for SLES12 /etc/sysconfig/sbd

## Default: always    Options: always, clean
# Specify the start mode for sbd. Setting this to "clean" will only allow sbd to start if it was not previously fenced.
    See the -S option in the man page.

Option for SLES11 /etc/sysconfig/sbd
SBD_OPTS="-W -P -S 1"

# -S 1 - set the start mode   < Reference: man sbd >
# If set to one, sbd will only start if the node was previously shutdown cleanly (as indicated by an exit request message in the slot), or if the slot is empty.  A reset, crashdump, or power-off request in any slot will halt the start up.


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  • Document ID:7022918
  • Creation Date: 03-May-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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