Cluster service containing lvm resource fails to recover with error "Some else owns this volume group" after a node is fenced in a RHEL 6 High Availability cluster

Solution Unverified - Updated -


  • When a node reboots on its own (power blip, kernel panic, etc) and rejoins the cluster before its token is lost or it is fenced, recovery of services containing lvm resources fail:
Jul 05 10:44:47 rgmanager [lvm] Someone else owns this volume group
Jul 05 10:44:47 rgmanager start on lvm "myVG" returned 1 (generic error)
  • Service containing lvm resource fails when being recovered after a node has been fenced.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 with the High Availability Add On
  • rgmanager
  • HA-LVM using the tagging variant
  • <totem token="xxxxx"/> set to a value higher than the amount of time it takes for a node to boot up to the point of starting the cman service, or some other condition that allows a node to reboot and rejoin the cluster before fencing of that node has fully completed

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