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Replacing SBD device in a running Pacemaker cluster

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SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 11 Service Pack 3
SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 11 Service Pack 4


In a cluster SBD (Storage Based Death) is being used for fencing and it is needed to switch from one SAN/Storage vendor/solution to another which in turn results in the need to use a completely new LUN for the SBD.


Note that this procedure doesn't require cluster downtime.

1. Initialize SBD metadata on the new fencing device:

n4:~ # sbd -d /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-1494554000000000053ce5a88d47f0701d05896628d3ec6b1 create
Initializing device /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-1494554000000000053ce5a88d47f0701d05896628d3ec6b1
Creating version 2.1 header on device 4 (uuid: fbfb8767-bc0b-40c3-8cee-a99136e448d2)
Initializing 255 slots on device 4
Device /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-1494554000000000053ce5a88d47f0701d05896628d3ec6b1 is initialized.

If more than one SBD device is used, repeat the command above for the additional new devices.

2. Source SBD config file:

source /etc/sysconfig/sbd

3. Exit the SBD process:

n4:~ # sbd -d $SBD_DEVICE -D $SBD_OPTS message LOCAL exit

4. Edit the SBD config file and replace the SBD_DEVICE variable with your new device:

vim /etc/sysconfig/sbd

5. Source the SBD config file again with updated data:

n4:~ # source /etc/sysconfig/sbd

6. Start SBD process in watch mode:

sbd -d $SBD_DEVICE -D $SBD_OPTS watch

7. Repeat the procedure on the other node(s).


Storage/LUN replacement.

Additional Information

Do not apply this TID on SLES 12 or higher as the SBD process will then end up in a user slice.


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  • Document ID:7021158
  • Creation Date:02-AUG-17
  • Modified Date:15-JAN-20
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension
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