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clustering with heartbeat and shared storage (HEARTBEAT)

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9


You want to cluster N machines with heartbeat and connect them to an arbitrary shared storage.

If, for any reason, you encounter a split brain situation in your cluster and you have a shared storage but no STONITH configured chances are very good that a filesystem/device will be mounted/accessed twice. This will lead to data corruption and maybe data loss.


You have to configure and use STONITH in case of using a heartbeat cluster and a shared storage.

SUSE will take no responsibility if you encounter any data corruption or data loss, if you operate a heartbeat cluster with a shared storage without properly tested and configured STONITH.

Using a heartbeat cluster with shared storage but without working STONITH puts your data at risk.


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  • Document ID:3566397
  • Creation Date: 11-Jan-2008
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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