Corosync and HA-proxy

We will use corosync to create a virtual IP-address which is shared by two systems. One of the systems has the virtual IP-address. If the system goes down, the other system will take over the virtual IP-address. HA-proxy will be running on each of the hosts relaying incoming HTTP-requests to two webservers.


apt-get install corosync haproxy crmsh


Before binding to the DNS name www make sure the DNS server knows that name. There is no physical or virtual network interfaces, so the DNS updates has to be done manually.



Edit /etc/corosync/corosync.conf and make the following changes.

totem {
        crypto_cipher: aes256
        crypto_hash: sha512


Generate the certificates. Note that this requires entropy, so use your system and the entropy will be generated. Speed this up by running dd if=/dev/vda of=/dev/null in another terminal.



Add the local network and a multicast address to /etc/corosync/corosync.conf in the interface section.

interface {

Restart corosync to load the new configuration.

service corosync restart

HA-proxy resource script

Download the HA-proxy resource script, place it in /usr/lib/ocf/resource.d/heartbeat/haproxy and make it executeable.

wget -O /usr/lib/ocf/resource.d/heartbeat/haproxy
chmod +x /usr/lib/ocf/resource.d/heartbeat/haproxy


Do not kill the other node.

crm configure property stonith-enabled=false

Disable quorum due to two nodes only.

crm configure property no-quorum-policy=ignore

Configure shared IP-address.

crm configure primitive haproxy_wwwSharedIP ocf:heartbeat:IPaddr2 params ip= cidr_netmask=24 op monitor interval=5s

Create heartbeat for haproxy.

crm configure primitive haproxy_wwwLoadBalance ocf:heartbeat:haproxy params conffile=/etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg op monitor interval=10s

Make sure the same server has both IP and service at the same time.

crm configure group haproxy_www haproxy_wwwSharedIP haproxy_wwwLoadBalance

Create the relation between IP-address and haproxy servers.

crm configure colocation haproxyWithIPs INFINITY: haproxyLoadBalance haproxySharedIP

IP-address should be up before haproxy starts.

crm configure order haproxyAfterIPs mandatory: haproxy_wwwSharedIP haproxy_wwwLoadBalance


Add the following to /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg

listen webfarm 
        bind www:80
        mode http
        balance roundrobin
        cookie LBN insert indirect nocache
        option httpclose
        option forwardfor
        server haproxy01 www01:80 cookie node1 check
        server haproxy02 www02:80 cookie node2 check

Restart HA-proxy

service haproxy restart

Test it

while true; do wget --quiet http://www/ -O /dev/stdout; sleep 1; done


None: Corosync and HA-proxy (last edited 2018-01-20 16:22:17 by Kristian Kallenberg)