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Why do not all SolidFire nodes have a role?

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Element Software


Ensemble nodes in the cluster handle Quorum calculation, configuration management, and other tasks. Quorum is always maintained by an odd number of nodes. In a four node cluster, there will be 3 ensemble nodes.  In a cluster with five or more nodes, there will be 5 ensemble nodes. This allows for a simple two-thirds or three-fifths majority to exist. 

The Cluster Master node performs cluster-wide administrative tasks and contains the Management Network Virtual IP address (MVIP) and the Storage Network Virtual IP address (SVIP). 

Users cannot typically modify or define which nodes assume any roles. Not every node in a cluster will have a role, only the Cluster Master and either 3 or 5 Ensemble nodes, and these roles can and do often overlap.

To determine which nodes of your cluster are acting in what role you can:

  • Log in to the Element UI by opening a browser and going to https://<MVIP>/ 
    • Once logged in, navigate to the nodes list under Cluster -> Nodes.
    • Look for the column labeled Node Role
  • Log in to Active IQ, select the cluster you wish to view and click on Nodes in the left hand menu.
    • Look to the far right and you should see a column labeled Role
  • Use the GetClusterInfo API as described in the Element API Reference Guide
    • In the output displayed, look for "mvipNodeID": to determine which node is the acting Cluster Master
    • Also listed in the output will be "ensemble": followed by a list of IP addresses of the nodes acting as Ensemble members.
      • The IPs are the Cluster IP (Bond10G) addresses of the nodes.
    • This API can be run from Postman, by making a HTTPS POST request or by using the API Collection found in Active IQ.

Additional Information

For additional information, please refer to the Product Documentation.


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