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From Arnaud Gaillard <>
Subject Re: Cloudstack Xen Host High Availability and Fencing
Date Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:40:54 GMT

Yes we encountered the same problem but with KVM. It seems that when you
are in a multiple primary storage configuration and one of the primary
storage become unavailable the default behaviour is to reboot the hosts...
(even if the primary storage was not used for VM on this hosts). This may
end up in really critical situation.

For me this behaviour doesn't make sense, and may create a lot of side

We ended up modifying the HA script to ensure that it will never reboot our

I think that a bug should be raised but I'm not sure if there is a hidden
goal behind this behaviour.



On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM, Geoff Higginbottom <> wrote:

> Hi Tom
> This is the way it works by design. For each XenServer modify:
> /opt/xensource/bin/
> Locate the two instances of "reboot -f" and comment them out by placing a
> # in front.
> Then kill the script followed by a force reconnect from the GUGI (or
> reboot each XenServer)
> pidof -x
> kill <pid>
> Regards
> Geoff Higginbottom
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> From: Tom Bean []
> Sent: 09 January 2013 08:50
> To:
> Subject: Cloudstack Xen Host High Availability and Fencing
> Hi All,
> I have stumbled across an issue/feature with Cloudstack (3.0.2) yesterday
> which was a little worrying.
> I was working on a primary storage which was added through Cloudstack but
> had no VM's stored on it, so I did not think this would cause any issues.
> While I was working on this storage device, it became unavailable for
> around 5 minutes, when it became unavailable all my Xen servers fenced,
> rebooted and all my VM's shut down and one Xen server has now become
> corrupted.
> I have tested this again on a second pool I have in cloudstack and when
> the primary storage becomes unavailable all the Hosts reboot.
> What I want to know is:
> 1.    Is there any way to disable this?
> 2.    It seems that in a pool where I have 5 storage repositories, if any
> of them become unavailable, all of the hosts shut down. Is there a way to
> specify the heart beat files be stored on a specific primary SR?
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