Usage of Maintenance and Managed attributes in a Cluster (Pacemaker)

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During Maintenance Operations on the Applications controlled by a pacemaker cluster it is normal and recommended to set the Resource either in


This can be done via the command line with crm commands or the WebGUI.

As this is done, an attribute is set in the cib for this Resource.

For example, in a crm shell view, with a command

 crm resource maintenance test
the Resource
primitive test Dummy
changes to
    primitive test Dummy
       meta maintenance=true

and this is persistent. Similar if a resource is set to unmanaged and entry like

 meta is-managed=false
is added.

To change the value does not remove the introduced attribute.

After issuing, following the above example
    crm resource maintenance test off
the Resource
    primitive test Dummy
       meta maintenance=true

changes to
    primitive test Dummy
       meta maintenance=false

A potential problem comes from the fact that there is a hierarchy in the Cluster, where the Resource takes precedence over the group or node or Cluster as a whole.

This can lead to unexpected or undesired behavior of the Cluster.


As the introduction of that attribute is done out of administrative intervention, it should be part of these interventions
to remove the newly introduced meta attribute at the end.

With a command like:
 crm configure edit <RESOURCENAME>
in the above example
crm configure edit test
this part of the entry can be removed.

Removing just the

from the meta section without removing the meta section itself is sufficient and least intrusive.

It should be kept in mind that changes in the meta section will lead to a resource restart.


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  • Document ID:000019779
  • Creation Date: 04-Nov-2022
  • Modified Date:04-Nov-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension

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