Provisioning Sun Cluster using Sun N1 Service Provisioning System
By hhnguyen on Sep 29, 2008
The Sun Cluster product comes with various utilities that help you manage a single instance of a cluster. That includes a tool to install the Sun Cluster software and various data services, a GUI to manage Sun Cluster configuration details and status etc. However if you are planning to deploy many clusters in your datacenter you probably will feel the need of a tool that can ease the pain of planning and deploying multiple configurations.
The Sun Cluster framework plugin for N1 SPS is designed to be a solution to fill that gap. If you are not very familiar with the N1 SPS technology, take a look here. Essentially, this is a free to download software that can perform provisioning of OS and deployment of applications. The N1 SPS software allows developers to build customized models for specific applications that can be integrated with the main SPS infrastructure. The Sun Cluster plugin for N1 SPS is one such plugin which seamlessly integrates basic Sun Cluster deployment scenarios in the SPS framework.
The main functionality provided by this plugin is to create Sun Cluster configurations. In addition, you can do the following:
o delete Sun Cluster configurations
o add nodes to existing cluster configurations
o remove nodes from existing cluster configurations
o install or uninstall Sun Cluster framework software
o install or uninstall Sun Cluster agent software
o manage quorum disks.
Once you import the Sun Cluster framework plugin in the SPS framework and perform a few setup tasks (refer to the readme file available in the plugin itself), you should be able to map your planned cluster configurations. The software will provide you a view of the available hosts and will allow you to define variables specific to a cluster or a host. With a few more clicks, your brand new clusters will be ready to use!
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