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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability 15 SP3

Part I Installation and setup

  • 1 Product overview
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise High Availability is an integrated suite of open source clustering technologies. It enables you to implement highly available physical and virtual Linux clusters, and to eliminate single points of failure. It ensures the high availability and manageability of critical network resources including data, applications, and services. Thus, it helps you maintain business continuity, protect data integrity, and reduce unplanned downtime for your mission-critical Linux workloads.

    It ships with essential monitoring, messaging, and cluster resource management functionality (supporting failover, failback, and migration (load balancing) of individually managed cluster resources).

    This chapter introduces the main product features and benefits of SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability. Inside you will find several example clusters and learn about the components making up a cluster. The last section provides an overview of the architecture, describing the individual architecture layers and processes within the cluster.

    For explanations of some common terms used in the context of High Availability clusters, refer to Glossary.

  • 2 System requirements and recommendations
  • The following section informs you about system requirements, and some prerequisites for SUSE® Linux Enterprise High Availability. It also includes recommendations for cluster setup.

  • 3 Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability
  • If you are setting up a High Availability cluster with SUSE® Linux Enterprise High Availability for the first time, the easiest way is to start with a basic two-node cluster. You can also use the two-node cluster to run some tests. Afterward, you can add more nodes by cloning existing cluster nodes with AutoYaST. The cloned nodes will have the same packages installed and the same system configuration as the original ones.

    If you want to upgrade an existing cluster that runs an older version of SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability, refer to Chapter 28, Upgrading your cluster and updating software packages.

  • 4 Using the YaST cluster module
  • The YaST cluster module allows you to set up a cluster manually (from scratch) or to modify options for an existing cluster.

    However, if you prefer an automated approach for setting up a cluster, refer to Installation and Setup Quick Start. It describes how to install the needed packages and leads you to a basic two-node cluster, which is set up with the ha-cluster-bootstrap scripts.

    You can also use a combination of both setup methods, for example: set up one node with YaST cluster and then use one of the bootstrap scripts to integrate more nodes (or vice versa).