Support Policies for RHEL High Availability clusters - fence_vmware_soap

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Applicable Environments

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with the High Availability Add-On
  • Using a VMware virtualization product

Useful References and Guides


This guide offers Red Hat's policies and requirements for using the fence_vmware_soap fence-agent for RHEL High Availability clusters running on VMware platforms. Users of RHEL High Availability clusters should adhere to these policies in order to be eligible for support from Red Hat with the appropriate product support subscriptions.


Supported VMware platforms and releases: Refer to Red Hat's support policies regarding VMware virtual machines in RHEL High Availability clusters for details on which VMware products, versions, and conditions are tested:

Red Hat's support of fence_vmware_soap is limited to those listed combinations. If a problem is identified with an alternate configuration, Red Hat's assistance may be limited to migration to one of those supported combinations. Red Hat will accept reports of defects or concerns with alternate combinations, but will use its own discretion in deciding whether and on what timeline to address such concerns.

vSphere 5.0 API Issues: Due to an incomplete WSDL schema provided in the initial release of vSphere v5.0 / vCenter Hypervisor (ESXi) 5.0, the fence_vmware_soap utility may not work on the stock install. To use fence_vmware_soap fencing, apply the VMware workaround described here.