fence_vmware_soap fails with "Unable to connect/login to fencing device" when FIPS is enabled on a RHEL 8 Pacemaker cluster node

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  • When FIPS is enabled, fence_vmware_soap fails immediately as shown below.
# fence_vmware_soap -a <addr> -l <username> -p <password> --ssl-insecure -o list
2021-01-28 11:43:07,219 ERROR: Unable to connect/login to fencing device
  • The fence_vmware_soap command fails with a connection error, and tcpdump doesn't show any outbound packets destined for the vCenter or ESXi host.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (with the High Availability Add-on)

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