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Cluster Peer Unavailable - Data and ICMP Reachable

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Attempting to peer two clusters (Cluster #1 and Cluster #2) but cannot get past Availability = Unavailable

 

Cluster #1 is a six (6)-node cluster

 

Cluster #2 is a two (2)-node cluster

 

Tried peering with and without authentication - current peering has Authentication - OK

 

Both Data and ICMP Ping status are session_reachable and interface_reachable respectively on both sides of the peering

 

All ports involved/recognized have the same MTU (9000)

 

Cluster #1 is currently successfully peered and the source to a 3rd-party provider for DR (SnapMirror)

 

Cluster #1 displays both nodes for Cluster #2 for Remote Cluster Nodes - output of cluster peer show -instance

 

Cluster #2 only shows Cluster #1's node1 (of six) in for Remote Cluster Nodes - output of cluster peer show -instance

 

Cluster #2 DOES, however, show all six IP addresses for each node of Cluster #1 for Active IP Addresses - output of cluster peer show -instance

 

Re: Cluster Peer Unavailable - Data and ICMP Reachable

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So the solution to my problem here was two-fold:

 

1. Existing Peer relationship between our production ClusterA and our DR provider's ClusterB was configured using ClusterA's DEFAULT IPSpace.  On the advice of NetApp support I created a separate (dedicated) IPSpace for ClusterA to talk to ClusterC.  This means I had to create a new/dedicated IPSpace as well and add a route.

 

2. MTU sizes.  My downfall here was that my Intercluster LIFs on ClusterA and associated Broadcast domain is set to 9000.  However, I confirmed with our DR provider that the ports/broadcast domain at their end is set to 1500.  So rather than heed all advice I've ever read/seen here I assumed that if mis-matched MTUs worked for the ClusterA-ClusterB peering it should work for ClusterA-ClusterC.  So I only changed ClusterC's broadcast domain and ports to run at MTU 1500.  NO GO.  When I changed my new broadcast domain on ClusterA and associated ports to 1500 the peering worked.