I want to set up a virtual IP on three nodes using heartbeat. Currently, I have this:


#       Facility to use for syslog()/logger (alternative to log/debugfile)
logfacility     local0

#       keepalive: how many seconds between heartbeats
keepalive 2

#       deadtime: seconds-to-declare-host-dead
deadtime 10

#       What UDP port to use for udp or ppp-udp communication?
udpport        694

#   What interfaces to broadcast heartbeats over?
ucast  eth0
ucast  eth0
ucast  eth0

#       What interfaces to heartbeat over?
udp     eth0

#       Tell what machines are in the cluster
#       node    nodename ...    -- must match uname -n
node    prx2
node    prx3
node    prx4



When I start the machines, prx2 gets the virtual IP. But when I shut down prx2, both prx3 and prx4 acquire the virtual IP, which means that my service is not reachable any more.

What am I doing wrong?

PS: I'm on Debian Squeeze

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I'm sorry that I don't have an answer for your particular question but from my experience I'd suggest using Pacemaker which is the successor of Heartbeat which is a dead project.

Take a look here: http://clusterlabs.org/

  • Actually, this can be read on the Linux-HA's Pacemaker wiki page: "Heartbeat originally came with a primitive resource manager, however this is only capable of managing 2 nodes [...]", where the primitive resource manager refers to haresources.
    – Lukas
    Mar 13, 2013 at 19:23
  • @Lukas I think that information on the wiki page refers to a very old Heartbeat version, because right after the passage you cite, it says "A new resource manager which addressed these limitations and more was written for Heartbeat 2.0.0." And Heartbeat 3.0 is the recent version.
    – andreas-h
    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:41
  • @andreas-h The new resource manager ... for Heartbeat 2.0.0 was spun-off (taken out of the project to become independent) and is now called Pacemaker. Also @kai-bojens: Pacemaker is not a replacement for Heartbeat (which is not dead, but considered stable) but for its CRM (Cluster Resource Manager). When Pacemaker is installed on the system, have a look at Heartbeat's crm config directive.
    – Lukas
    Mar 14, 2013 at 16:30

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