[ClusterLabs] Migrating off CentOS

Billy Croan Billy at croan.org
Sat Jan 13 10:07:52 EST 2024

I'm planning to migrate a two-node cluster off CentOS 7 this year.  I think
I'm taking it to Debian Stable, but open for suggestions if any
distribution is better supported by pacemaker.

Have any of you had success doing major upgrades (bullseye to bookworm on
Debian) of your physical nodes one at a time while each node is in
standby+maintenance, and rolling the vm from one to the other so it doesn't
reboot while the hosts are upgraded?  That has worked well for me for minor
OS updates, but I'm curious about the majors.

My project this year is even more major, not just upgrading the OS but
changing distributions.

I think I have three possible ways I can try this:
1) wipe all server disks and start fresh.

2) standby and maintenance one node, then reinstall it with a new OS and
make a New Cluster.  shutdown the vm and copy it, offline, to the new
one-node cluster. and start it up there. Then once that's working, wipe and
reinstall the other node, and add it to the new cluster.

3) standby and maintenance one node, then Remove it from the cluster.  Then
reinstall it with the new distribution's OS.  Then re-add it to the
Existing Cluster.  Move the vm resource to it and verify it's working, then
do the same with the other physical node, and take it out of standby&maint
to finish.

(Obviously any of those methods begin with a full backup to offsite and
local media. and end with a verification against that backup.)

#1 would be the longest outage but the "cleanest result"
#3 would be possibly no outage, but I think the least likely to work.  I
understand EL uses pcs and debian uses crm for example...
#2 is a compromise that should(tm) have only a few seconds of outage.  But
could blow up i suppose.  They all could blow up though so I'm not sure
that should play a factor in the decision.

I can't be the first person to go down this path.  So what do you all
think?  how have you done it in the past?
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