[lvs-users] Session "persistence" issues

Elliott Barrere elliott at barrere.us
Mon Sep 22 21:08:06 BST 2014

It appears my link was stripped.  The configuration is described here:


elliott barrere | 206.351.3520

On Sep 22, 2014, at 1:04 PM, Elliott Barrere <elliott at barrere.us> wrote:

> Hi guys -
> I'm having an issue with a 2-node setup (similar setup to what's described here) where established sessions to a particular real server don't fail over when that real server fails.  That is, if a connection exists in the LVS connection state table and that real server goes down, the connections to that real server persist, rather than being cleared from the table as I would expect.
> My test in a little more detail:
> 1) Start my service on realserver1 ONLY and open a connection (thus forcing a connection to realserver1)
> 2) Stop the service on realserver1 and start it on realserver2, verifying "ipvsadm -Ln" shows realserver1 down and realserver2 up
> 3) Establish a "new" connection to the VIP, forcing the same source port & IP with nc
> 4) The connection fails, trying to connect to realserver1 (verified by tcpdump)
> It appears that this is because the state table still contains an entry for "SRCIP:SRCPORT VIP:DSTPORT realserver1:DSTPORT".  I am new to LVS, but I assume this is not the expected behavior, because it seems it would be a fairly typical scenario if both load balancers were, for example, behind a PAT firewall.
> Can anyone shed some light on this, and how I might possibly fix it?  I am new to LVS so any help is appreciated!
> Cheers -
> elliott barrere | 206.351.3520
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