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escacha - Split Brain Simulation Tool

escacha is a tool designed for simulating connection splits between sites or nodes in a cluster environment. It's intended to be used in Grid Infrastructure environments thought it could be used with little adaptations with any other cluster stack. It begins with a variable definition section where we can specify:

  • MODOTEST. [ 1 | 0 ] Determines if we want to perform a real split or just test our configuration and see what will be done
  • STORAGESPLIT. [ 1 | 0 ] Include or exclude storage split test
  • NETWORKSPLIT. [ 1 | 0 ] Include or exclude network split test
  • ONLINEDISKS. [ 1 | 0 ] Once split test has finished we can execute an ASM online disks for all mounted DGs. Useful to leave the cluster in a healthy state and avoid disks being dropped
  • STRSCSI. String used to identify disks in our configuration in /dev/disk/by-id. At the moment only tested on RHEL7 with SCSI disks with "scsi-" header. Useful for future different configurations
  • CABINASITE1 . String used to identify the fixed part of the WWIDs for LUNs in storage array in site1
  • CABINASITE2 . String used to identify the fixed part of the WWIDs for LUNs in storage array in site2
  • DELAY. Seconds to wait before performing the split. This gives us time to check the basic information about cluster configuration and abort if we find any problem
  • CRSRESTART. [ 1 | 0 ] We can perform cluster restart in the local node (crsctl stop crs / crsctl start crs). Useful when we expect issues in the split to restore healthy situation after restoring disk and network visibility.
  • ARUMON. Path where arumon tool is deployed. arumon will be executed to get periodic cluster information during the split.
  • NODOSSITE1. Space separated list of cluster nodes located in site1.
  • NODOSSITE2. Space separated list of clueter nodes located in site2.
  • REDES. Space separated list of interconnect network suffixes for building private hostnames for network split purposes
  • REBALANCEPOWER. [ 0..1024 ] Power to use for ASM rebalance operations. Used in conjunction with ONLINEDISKS.

escacha is configured in this repo to be deployed using ansible. An example of how to deploy it to a configured host group is:

ansible-playbook -i hosts_oracle --limit environment-ora-pro playbooks/pb_environment_escacha.yml -v

It is recommended to use a playbook where arumon is also deployed. Currently arumon and escacha are separated products, but escacha is tighly copupled to arumon.

Sample deployment ansible command:

  1. Configure environment variables stored in group_vars/grupo/grupo_escacha.yml. For Arumel Oracle Production hosts this is a possibility: group_vars/arumel-ora-pro/arumel-ora-pro-escacha.yml
  2. Use the corresponding ansible playbook for deploying escacha: ansible-playbook --limit arumel-ora-pro play_escacha.yml
  3. Launch escacha for simulating a split in real or test mode (it will depend on how we have configured our arumel-ora-pro-escacha.yml file) ansible-playbook --limit arumel-ora-pro play_startescacha.yml
  4. Stop escacha and maybe recover a healthy state in the cluster (disk visibility, CRS bouncing, ASM disk status...) ansible-playbook --limit arumel-ora-pro play_stopescacha.yml

Playbook playescacha.yml also deploys arumon tool. In case arumon is not wished to be deployed (not sure why this would happen), we must comment the entry in the playbook or just create a new different playbook.

Current configuration is an ad-hoc solution that by default will create /u01/sfw/arumon and /u01/sfw/escacha directories. Also, and execution log /u01/sfw/escacha/escacha.log will be created


Tool for simulating split conditions for GI cluster testing purposes







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