Network connectivity check in Pacemaker

Posted on Mon 27 February 2012 in hints-and-kinks • 1 min read

If you want a Pacemaker cluster to move resources on changes on the network connectivity of an individual node, there are two major steps involved:

  • Let Pacemaker monitor connectivity;
  • Configure constraints to react on connectivity changes.


Be sure to run at least Pacemaker 1.0.11 or 1.1.6 to include some important fixes affecting the ocf:pacemaker:ping resource agent.

Preferably, choose more than one reliable ping targets in your network (like a highly available gateway router, a core switch, or DNS server).

Pacemaker configuration

The following crm shell code snippet configures a cloned ping resource including constraints to run Dummy resources on any node that has connectivity at all. Please note, that the first constraint forbids to run p_dummy1 if all nodes lose connectivity. The second constraint places p_dummy2 on the node that has the best connectivity:

primitive p_ping ocf:pacemaker:ping \
   params host_list="" \
   multiplier="1000" dampen="60s"\
   op monitor interval="10s"
clone cl_ping p_ping

primitive p_dummy1 ocf:pacemaker:Dummy
primitive p_dummy2 ocf:pacemaker:Dummy

location l_dummy1_needs_connectivity p_dummy1 \
  rule -inf: not_defined pingd or pingd lte 0
location l_dummy2_likes_best_connectivity p_dummy2 \
  rule pingd: defined pingd

This article originally appeared on the website (now defunct).