How to configure VMware fencing using fence_vmware_soap in Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Add On?

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  • I have RHEL cluster nodes running as VMware virtual machines. How can I use VMware fencing as my cluster's fence device?
  • How do I use fence_vmware_soap as a fence device in my RHCS(Red Hat cluster Suite)?
  • Have two VMs running over VMware ESX server, need to know best recommendation on configuring fencing, which would be the best method for fencing(fence_vmware or fence_vmware_soap) and how to configure it in two node Red Hat High Availability Cluster ?
  • What is the recommended fence agent for running a cluster on VMware Vsphere?
  • What is the fence agent provided by Red Hat High Availability Add-On Cluster for VMs running on VMware ESXi 5?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 or higher (with the High Availability or Resilient Storage Add-on)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 or higher (with the High Availability or Resilient Storage Add-on)
  • VMware fencing (fence_vmware_soap)
  • For configuration of fence_vmware_soap in pacemaker based clusters check the Solution 917813

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