Support Policies for RHEL High Availability Clusters - corosync-qdevice and corosync-qnetd

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Applicable Environments

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with the High Availability Add-On
  • Cluster architectures involving a quorum device provided through qdevice and qnetd

Useful References and Guides


This policy guide explains Red Hat's requirements and support limitations regarding quorum devices using corosync-device and corosync-qnetd in a RHEL High Availability cluster.


Available/Supported Releases:

  • RHEL 8: corosync-qdevice and corosync-qnetd are supported by Red Hat
  • RHEL 7: corosync-qdevice and corosync-qnetd are supported technologies as of RHEL 7.4 - using releases corosync-qdevice-2.4.0-9.el7 and corosync-qnetd-2.4.0-9.el7 or later.
    • NOTE: qdevice and qnetd are available for usage in RHEL High Availability clusters starting with RHEL 7 Update 3, but are considered a Technology Preview in that release.

Number of Quorum Devices / Servers: A cluster may only utilize a single qdevice interacting with a single qnetd quorum server.

Number of Clusters per Quorum Device / Server: Multiple clusters may utilize the same qnetd quorum server.

Quorum device heuristics: corosync-qdevice provides functionality that allows an administrator to configure "heuristics" that evaluate true or false and influence the scoring algorithm of qdevice. This functionality is subject to the following conditions:

  • RHEL 8: Heuristics functionality is provided as a Technology Preview.
  • RHEL 7: Heuristics functionality is provided as a Technology Preview in RHEL 7.7 and 7.6. This functionality was not available in earlier releases of RHEL 7.