How do I disable the cluster software on a member system in Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

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Issue

In certain circumstances, it is necessary to temporarily remove a cluster node from the cluster membership.  This might be necessary due to:

  • Routine maintenance of hardware, operating system, or other system software

  • Hardware failure

In order to safely remove a node from a cluster, certain steps should be taken to avoid service downtime and cluster node fencing.  The steps below provide step-by-step instructions on this process.

Environment

  • Red Hat Cluster Suite 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced Platform (Clustering and GFS/GFS2)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with the High Availability and Resilient Storage Add Ons

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