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To properly manage downtime it is important to highlight the differences between the possible types of downtime. Downtime can't be added retroactively, and it is always defined in UTC. The error messages when adding downtime are cryptic, usually it's a parsing error in the time/date.
- scheduled (e.g. for software/hardware upgrades) planned and agreed in advance. This needs to be announced at least 24h in advance.
- unscheduled (e.g. power outages) unplanned, usually triggered by an unexpected failure.
- WARNING (Resource will probably be working as normal, but may experience problems).
- OUTAGE (Resource will be completely unavailable).
WARNING (formerly known as AT_RISK) implicates a type of severity that does not have operational consequences. It is only an information for users that some small temporary failures can appear. All failures during that time will be taken into account in the reliability calculations. Examples include:
- Admins not present on site (conference, vacations).
- Reduced redundancy in network, power or cooling.
- Failed disk in RAID sets.
OUTAGE implicate that the site/node is completely unavailable and no tickets should be created. This does not affect site metrics.
More information about downtimes can be found in the GOCDB User Documentation.
Sites in downtime
When a ticket has been raised against a site that subsequently enters downtime, the expiry date on the ticket can be extended.
When a ticket is open against a site that continues to add downtime the ticket must be closed and the NGI requested to take action either by suspending or uncertifying the site until such time that the problem is resolved. This usually happens when a middleware upgrade is due or a bug in the middleware is causing a site to fail. Sites then may choose to wait for the next middleware release rather than spend effort trying to resolve the issue locally.
Sites that are in downtime will still have monitoring switched on and therefore may appear to be failing tests. ROD must take care that when opening tickets to ensure that they don’t open tickets against sites in downtime.
If a site is in downtime for more than a month then it is advised that the site should go to the uncertified state.
Nodes in downtime
When a node of a site is in downtime alarms are generated but the Operations Portal distinguishes these alarms, and marks the downtime accordingly in the dashboard. ROD should not open tickets against nodes that are in downtime.
Specific accounting test failure instructions
The APEL Nagios tests are not run against the site but query the central APEL servers.
- If there is more than one APEL failure for a given site, create a ticket for one of the alarms and mask all others by this one.
- Edit the description of the ticket to state clearly that even though the failure is reported for a given CE, this is not a CE failure but a failure on the APEL service for the whole site.
- Proceed with all sites in the same way. Please beware: APEL tests are not helped by scheduling downtime, the site admins need to get APEL publishing working again.
Nodes not in production
When a node of a production site is declared as non-production in the GOCDB or the node appears in BDII but is not declared in GOCDB then the ROD should do the following:
- Recommend to the sites to take these nodes out of their site BDII
- If this is not a possibility then the site should set those nodes in downtime in GOCDB
- If the node is a test node and is in BDII but not in GOCDB then the sites should register it in GOCDB and turn monitoring off.