Use the following procedure to perform a planned replacement of customized coordination points (CP servers or SCSI-3 disks) without incurring application downtime on an online Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) cluster.
You can use the vxfenswap utility to replace coordination points when fencing is running in customized mode in an online cluster, with vxfen_mechanism=cps. The utility also supports migration from server-based fencing (vxfen_mode=customized) to disk-based fencing (vxfen_mode=scsi3) and vice versa in an online cluster.
However, if the VCS cluster has fencing disabled (vxfen_mode=disabled), then you must take the cluster offline to configure disk-based or server-based fencing.
You can cancel the coordination point replacement operation at any time using the vxfenswap -a cancel command.
To replace coordination points for an online cluster
# cpsadm -s cpserver -a list_nodes # cpsadm -s cpserver -a list_users
If the VCS cluster nodes are not present here, prepare the new CP server(s) for use by the VCS cluster.
See the Veritas Cluster Server Installation Guide for instructions.
For example, enter the following command:
# vxfenadm -d
The command returns:
I/O Fencing Cluster Information: ================================ Fencing Protocol Version: <version> Fencing Mode: Customized Cluster Members: * 0 (sys1) 1 (sys2) RFSM State Information: node 0 in state 8 (running) node 1 in state 8 (running)
/etc/vxfenmode.testfile on each VCS cluster node with the fencing configuration changes such as the CP server information.
Review and if necessary, update the vxfenmode parameters for security, the coordination points, and if applicable to your configuration, vxfendg.
Refer to the text information within the
vxfenmode file for additional information about these parameters and their new possible values.
The vxfenswap utility requires a secure ssh connection to all the cluster nodes. Use -n to use rsh instead of default ssh.
# vxfenswap [-n]
Review the message that the utility displays and confirm whether you want to commit the change.
If you do not want to commit the new fencing configuration changes, press Enter or answer n at the prompt.
Do you wish to commit this change? [y/n] (default: n) n
The vxfenswap utility rolls back the migration operation.
If you want to commit the new fencing configuration changes, answer y at the prompt.
Do you wish to commit this change? [y/n] (default: n) y
If the utility successfully completes the operation, the utility moves the
/etc/vxfenmode.test file to the
For example, run the following command:
# vxfenconfig -l