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Old 03-10-2008, 04:03 PM   #1
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Question High availability Linux clusters: recommended reading?


I'm in the pre-planning stages for a high availability Linux cluster that will likely have just two nodes to begin with. (It will run on RHEL, if that matters.)

This is entirely new terrain to me, and while I'm able to google for information and read book reviews on amazon, I thought I'd solicit ideas from folks who are intimately familiar with high availability (not to be confused with high performance) clusters.

I read through the first couple chapters of 'Linux Enterprise Cluster: Build a Highly Available Cluster with Commodity Hardware and Free Software' by Karl Kopper over the weekend. It seemed like a ok starting point for a clustering novice.

Any informed opinions on that particular book? Any other recommendations?

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[ Note: I'm new to clustering, not to Linux. ]
 
Old 03-10-2008, 05:25 PM   #2
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I've used heartbeat on CentOS with success:

http://www.howtoforge.com/high_avail...artbeat_centos

For data mirroring (if required) I've used drbd:

http://www.howtoforge.com/drbd-on-centos-4.5

I've only used this pair in a small cluster, so I'm unsure of the scalability.

Good luck.
 
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Heartbeat (Linux-HA) seems to be a popular solution. Thanks.

Apart from that howto and the project page, was there any documentation (paper or electronic) you found to be worthwhile?
 
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It was quite a while ago when I researched the cluster solution, maybe two or three years ago (how time flies). So I'm guessing the documentation I followed will be old school by now. I would suggest checking out the home page for each project.
 
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I seem to remember RH were the one of the first to get Linux clustering (with Oracle) working. I'm sure they had a lot of docs on their website.
 
  


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