Best option for getting HA to work across two servers?

Oct 27, 2018
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Hi,

I recently scored a good deal on two used Fujitsu TX100 S3p servers. I seem to remember Proxmox supporting the use of a quorum disk to replace the third required node in a cluster so I wanted to set these two servers up as a HA Proxmox cluster with external iSCSI storage.

However the support for a quorum disk seems to have been removed since then based on the information I can find. The wiki only contains a guide about using a Raspberry Pi as your third node with a big "Please do not do this to anything important" warning all over it.

What is my best option for getting these two servers set up in an HA-capable cluster? Do I have to buy a cheap Intel NUC or similar to install proxmox on and put in the cluster just to have the third quorum vote?
 

Daniel S.

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I personally do not use or recommend the use of this variant in some important production cluster.
 

n1nj4888

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I personally do not use or recommend the use of this variant in some important production cluster.
Completely agree - As I’m sure it also says in the wiki.

I use the qdevice only for homelab cluster - it does work well though...
 
Oct 27, 2018
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Yes but PVE does not need to be installed on the 3rd “Node”, indeed the 3rd “Node” appears not as a Node in the Cluster Manager, but as a “qdevice”...

Further to the Cluster Manager wiki page above, I also found the following thread useful when I setup my cluster:

https://forum.proxmox.com/threads/pve5-and-quorum-device.37183/page-2#post-252807
This looks like exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. So there's just a standard debian package to install and then point your Proxmox servers at it using pvecm? That sounds quite simple.

How long have you been running a setup like this?

My setup isn't exactly production, it's more like half-homelab, half-production as I host a few less-critical public facing sites using VMs. If this setup using a Raspberry Pi as a quorum device is more stable than the Wiki makes it out to be, then I'll probably set mine up like this.
 

n1nj4888

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This looks like exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. So there's just a standard debian package to install and then point your Proxmox servers at it using pvecm? That sounds quite simple.

How long have you been running a setup like this?
Yes, there is a standard Debian package for this and it’s fairly simple to setup - Follow the Cluster Manager wiki link above (specifically the “Corosync External Vote Support” section) and take a look at the forum thread I referenced above where I clarified some items from the wiki...

I’ve been running the cluster with the qdevice for a few weeks now - Others have been running it longer though I’m sure.
 
Oct 27, 2018
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Yes, there is a standard Debian package for this and it’s fairly simple to setup - Follow the Cluster Manager wiki link above (specifically the “Corosync External Vote Support” section) and take a look at the forum thread I referenced above where I clarified some items from the wiki...

I’ve been running the cluster with the qdevice for a few weeks now - Others have been running it longer though I’m sure.
Yeah I read them and it looks perfect.

The servers I bought are still in transit, but hopefully I'll have them tomorrow. I'll try this setup once they arrive and see if I can get it working. Thanks for the info
 
Oct 27, 2018
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I got my servers on Friday and set up the cluster over the weekend. Used a Raspberry Pi as a Quorum device.

The cluster has been running fine over the weekend while I configured a few VMs and I've tested shutting down servers multiple times. HA works like a charm.

Thanks n1nj4888
 
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n1nj4888

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I got my servers on Friday and set up the cluster over the weekend. Used a Raspberry Pi as a Quorum device.

The cluster has been running fine over the weekend while I configured a few VMs and I've tested shutting down servers multiple times. HA works like a charm.

Thanks n1nj4888
Glad it’s working well for you!
 

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We run a number of production 2 node clusters with this method and have had zero issues. We have 6 out in the field and 6 inhouse, for well over 6 months without a single issue. These clusters were even 2 node proxmox3 clusters and we worked out a method to remotely upgrade them to proxmox5 and cut them over to this new quorum disk method. Some of these 2 node clusters have been in place for well over 5 years.
 
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