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How to dump and restore Zabbix database to do monitoring database snapshot, PostGreSQL continuous archiving Point in time recovery setup

Monday, November 21st, 2022


If you have set up a Zabbix server that is using as a database storage postgresql at home or company, then you will need to make sure you don’t loose any data by producing regular postgresql backups. This small article will show how to do the db backup in conventional way with pg_dump / pg_restore as well as how to set the continuous archiving point in time recovery end point recovery so called PITR..

1. Connect to the database and some postgres very basics

-bash-4.2$ psql DBNAME USERNAME
-bash-4.2$ psql zabbix zabbix

After you access a PostgreSQL database, you can run SQL queries and more. Here are some common psql commands:
•    To view help for psql commands, type \?.
•    To view help for SQL commands, type \h.
•    To view information about the current database connection, type \conninfo.
•    To list the database's tables and their respective owners, type \dt.
•    To list all of the tables, views, and sequences in the database, type \z.
•    To exit the psql program, type \q.

       Fundamental backup approaches with postgres

As with everything that contains valuable data, PostgreSQL databases should be backed up regularly. While the procedure is essentially simple, it is important to have a clear understanding of the underlying techniques and assumptions.
There are three fundamentally different approaches to backing up PostgreSQL data:
•    SQL dump
•    File system level backup
•    Continuous archiving

Each has its own strengths and weaknesses; each is discussed in turn in the following sections.

2.    Creating SQL Dump of postgresql target database

2.1 Manual SQL dump (custom dump format)

Use pg_dump's custom dump format. If PostgreSQL was built on a system with the zlib compression library installed, the custom dump format will compress data as it writes it to the output file.
This will produce dump file sizes similar to using gzip, but it has the added advantage that tables can be restored selectively.
The following command dumps a database using the custom dump format:

# sudo su – postgres
-bash-4.2% cd  /var/lib/pgsql/9.5/backups/
-bash-4.2$  pg_dump -Fc zabbix > /var/lib/pgsql/9.5/backups/zabbixdbdump`date "+%d%m%y%H%M%S"`.gz

2.2 Schedule backups with cron job

To automate the job schedule a cron job to do the work, somethjing like below:

# Minute   Hour   Day of Month       Month          Day of Week        Command
# (0-59)  (0-23)     (1-31)    (1-12 or Jan-Dec)  (0-6 or Sun-Sat)

@daily  pg_dump -Fc zabbix > /var/lib/pgsql/9.5/backups/Zabbix_db_dump`date "+\%d\%m\%y\%H\%M\%S"`.gz

3. Restore a database from the dump file

3.1. Restoring a database using pg_restore (usually used)

A custom-format dump is not a script for psql, but instead must be restored with pg_restore, for example:

# pg_restore -d zabbix /var/lib/pgsql/9.5/backups/Zabbix_db_dump281118151005.gz

3.2. Second Option restoing with psql after creating a restore database

# su postgres

-bash-4.2$ psql template1

-bash-4.2$ psql zabbix < /var/lib/pgsql/9.5/backups/zabbixdbdump291117151002.gz

NOTE: if you get a permission denied error when trying to restore, check the Unix permissions on the backup file and all the parent directories.

4.    Continuous Archiving and Point-in-Time Recovery (PITR) backups

At all times, PostgreSQL maintains a write ahead log (WAL) in the pg_xlog/ subdirectory of the cluster's data directory. The log records every change made to the database's data files. This log exists primarily for crash-safety purposes: if the system crashes, the database can be restored to consistency by "replaying" the log entries made since the last checkpoint. However, the existence of the log makes it possible to use a third strategy for backing up databases: we can combine a file-system-level backup with backup of the WAL files. If recovery is needed, we restore the file system backup and then replay from the backed-up WAL files to bring the system to a current state. This approach is more complex to administer than either of the previous approaches, but it has some significant benefits:

           Setting Up the WAL Archiving

In an abstract sense, a running PostgreSQL system produces an indefinitely long sequence of WAL records. The system physically divides this sequence into WAL segment files, which are normally 16MB a piece (although the segment size can be altered when building PostgreSQL). The segment files are given numeric names that reflect their position in the abstract WAL sequence. When not using WAL archiving, the system normally creates just a few segment files and then "recycles" them by renaming no-longer-needed segment files to higher segment numbers. It's assumed that segment files whose contents precede the checkpoint-before-last are no longer of interest and can be recycled.
When archiving WAL data, we need to capture the contents of each segment file once it is filled, and save that data somewhere before the segment file is recycled for reuse.
Depending on the application and the available hardware, there could be many different ways of "saving the data somewhere": we could copy the segment files to an NFS-mounted directory on another machine, write them onto a tape drive (ensuring that you have a way of identifying the original name of each file), or batch them together and burn them onto CDs, or something else entirely. To provide the database administrator with flexibility, PostgreSQL tries not to make any assumptions about how the archiving will be done. Instead, PostgreSQL lets the administrator specify a shell command to be executed to copy a completed segment file to wherever it needs to go. The command could be as simple as a cp, or it could invoke a complex shell script — it's all up to you.
To enable WAL archiving, set the wal_level configuration parameter to archive or higher, archive_mode to on, and specify the shell command to use in the archive_command configuration parameter.

In practice these settings will always be placed in the postgresql.conf e.g. (/etc/postgresql/12/main/postgresql.conf) file.

In archive_command, %p is replaced by the path name of the file to archive, while %f is replaced by only the file name. (The path name is relative to the current working directory, i.e., the cluster's data directory.)

Use %% if you need to embed an actual % character in the command.

The simplest useful command to enable PITR would, be something like:

# – Archiving config setction
archive_mode = on                    # enables archiving; off, on, or always
# (change requires restart)
archive_command = '/bin/xz -2 -z < %p > /var/lib/pgsql/9.5/archivedir/%f'               # command to use to archive a logfile segment
archive_timeout = 1h            # force a logfile segment switch after this
                                                   # number of seconds; 0 disables

Howto convert KVM QCOW2 format Virtual Machine to Vmdk to migrate to VMware ESXi

Thursday, November 17th, 2022


Why you would want to convert qcow2 to vmdk?

When managing the heterogeneous virtual environment or changing the virtualization solutions that become so common nowadays, you might need to migrate qcow2 from a Linux based KVM virtualization solution to VMWare's proprietary  vmdk – the file format in which a VMWare does keep stored it's VMs, especially if you have a small business or work in a small start-up company where you cannot afford to buy something professional as VMware vCenter Converter Standalone or Microsoft virtual machine converter (MVMC)- usually used to to migrate VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts, but also capable to migrate .qcow2 to .vmdk. The reason is that your old datacenter based on Linux OS custom KVM virtual machines might be moved to VMWare ESX to guarantee better and more systemized management (which though is very questionable, since most of my experiences with VMWare was that though the software was a great one, the people who manage it was not very much specialists in managing it).

Another common reason is that running a separate Linux virtual machine, costs you more than a well organized VMWare farm because you need more qualified Linux specialists to manage the KVMs thus KVM to VMWare management as in most big corporations nowadays’s main target is to cut the costs.
Even with successful migrations like that, though you might often expect a drop in the quality of the service when your VM ends in the VMWare farm.

Nomatter what’s the reason to migrate qcow2 to VMDK So lets proceed with how the .QCOW2 to .VMDK can be easily done.

1. Get information about the VM you would like to migrate to VMDK

In QEMU-KVM environment, the popular image format is qcow2, which outperforms the first generation of qcow format and raw format. You can find the files of virtual disks by checking the information of virtual machine by virsh command:

[root@hypervisor-machine ~]# virsh dominfo virtual-machine-name

ID: {e59ae416-9314-4e4b-af07-21c31d91b3fb}
EnvID: 1704649750
Name: CentOS7minimal
Type: VM
State: stopped
OS: centos7
Template: no
Uptime: 00:00:00 (since 2019-04-25 13:04:11)
Home: /vz/vmprivate/e39ae416-9314-4e4b-af05-21c31d91b3fb/
Owner: root@.
GuestTools: state=not_installed
GuestTools autoupdate: on
Autostart: off
Autostop: shutdown
Autocompact: off
Boot order: hdd0 cdrom0
EFI boot: off
Allow select boot device: off
External boot device:
On guest crash: restart
Remote display: mode=manual port=6903 address=
Remote display state: stopped
  cpu sockets=1 cpus=2 cores=2 VT-x accl=high mode=64 ioprio=4 iolimit='0'
  memory 2048Mb
  video 32Mb 3d acceleration=off vertical sync=yes
  memory_guarantee auto
  hdd0 (+) scsi:0 image='/vz/vmprivate/e59ae415-9314-4e4b-af05-21c31d91b3fb/harddisk.hdd' type='expanded' 5120Mb subtype=virtio-scsi
  cdrom0 (+) scsi:1 image='/home/CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1611.iso' state=disconnected subtype=virtio-scsi
  usb (+)
  net0 (+) dev='vme42bef5f3' network='Bridged' mac=001C42BEF5F3 card=virtio ips=' ' gw=''
SmartMount: (-)
Disabled Windows logo: on
Nested virtualization: off
Offline management: (-)

2. Convert the harddrive to VMDK

[root@hypervisor-machine e59ae415-9314-4e4b-af05-21c31d91b3fb]# ls -lsah

1.3G -rw-r—– 1 root root 1.3G Apr 25 14:43 harddisk.hdd

a. Converstion with qemu:

You can use qemu-img tool that is installable via cmds:

yum install quemu-img / apt install qemu-img / zipper install qemu-img (depending on the distribution RedHat / Debian / SuSE Linux)

-f: format of the source image

-O: format of the target image

[root@hypervisor-machine ~]# qemu-img convert -f qcow2 -O vmdk \-o adapter_type=lsilogic,subformat=streamOptimized,compat6 harddisk.hdd harddisklsilogic.vmdk


[root@ hypervisor-machine e59ae415-9314-4e4b-af05-21c31d91b3fb]# ls -lsah

1.3G -rw-r—– 1 root root 1.3G Apr 25 14:43 harddisk.hdd

536M -rw-r–r– 1 root root 536M Apr 26 14:52 harddisklsilogic.vmdk

3. Upload the new harddrive to the ESXi Hypervisor and adapt it to ESX

This vmdk might not be able to used on ESXi, but you can use it on VMware Workstation. To let it work on ESXi, you need to use vmkfstools to convert it again.


a. Adapt the filesystem to ESXi

[root@hypervisor-machine ~]# vmkfstools -i harddisklsilogic.vmdk  -d thin harddisk.vmdk


4. Create a VM and add the converted harddrive to the machine. 


Recreate the initramfs

But of course this won’t work directly as it often happens with Linux 🙂 !!. 
We need to make adjustments to the virtual machine as well with few manual interventions:

1. Start the machine from the VMWare interface

2. Grub CentOS Linux rescue will appear from the prompt

3. Run command

dracut –regenerate-all –force

to Recreate the initramfs.

Note that You might also have to edit your network configuration since your network device usually get’s a different name.

Finally reboot the host:

[root@hypervisor-machine ~]# reboot

And voila you’re ready to play the VM inside the ESX after some testing, you might switch off the KVM Hypervisor hosted VM and reroute the network to point to the ESX Cluster.


How to check if network ethernet cards are active on Linux server / detect the physical connected state of a network cable / connector?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022


Lets say you are administrating some Linux server and need to upgrade a switch and temporary move out traffic for ethernet interfaces connected via a Gigabit network to a Gigabit Cisco / Junper EX Series / HPE Aruba or Arista Platform network switch to a newer version of a switch or software.

Usually if you don't have control over the Network switch (if you're employeed in a large corporation), that migration will be handled by a colleague from the Network team in a prescheduled time slot and usually in a coordinated meeting, once the cabling is being physically moved by someone a person in the Computer Room (in DC) in the respective data center.

Then once the correct commands are executed on the network switch to remap the new cable to point to the right location on the Linux server, where the old switch was and the setup has to be double verified by the network team mate.

Once this is done either by a colleague or if you're in a smaller company and you work as one man army sysadmin and you have done it yourself.
Next step is to verify that the Ethernet LAN cards on the Linux server lets say 6 or 8 LAN cards are still connected and active to the preset Active LAN / VLANs.

On Linux this is pretty simple and there is many ways to do it with external tools like ethtool, if you're lucky and your server doesn't have to have a paranoid security rules to follow or have to be a minimilastic machine with a 100% PCI High security standards compliancy.

To check connectivity for all your ethernet interfaces you can simply run a one liner shell script like so:

[root@linux-server ~]# for i in $(ip a s|grep -i :|grep -v link|awk '{ print $2 }'|sed -e 's#:##g'|grep -v lo); do ethtool $i; done
Settings for eth0:
        Link detected: yes
Settings for eth1:
        Link detected: yes
Settings for eth2:
        Link detected: yes

So far so good but what if your RHEL / CentOS / Debian server doesn't have ethtool installed and you're not allowed to install it then how can you check whether network cable connector is indicating a network activity to the connected Ethernet LAN cards?

[root@linux-server ~]# for f in $(ls -1 /sys/class/net/); do echo "Eth inface: $f"; cat /sys/class/net/$f/operstate; done
Eth inface: eth0
Eth inface: eth1
Eth inface: eth2
Eth inface: lo

If your operstate returns something different like state unknown, e.g.:

root@linux-server ~]# cd /sys/class/net/
[root@linux-server net]# grep "" eth2/operstate
[root@linux-server net]#

[root@linux-server net]# grep "" eth{0,1,2,3}/operstate  

Then you need to check the carrier file

[root@linux-server net]# grep "" eth{0,1,2,3}/carrier

It could return either 0 or 1

The number 1 in the above output means that the network cable is physically connected to your network card’s slot meaning your network switch migration is success.

Method 2: Next, we will test a second network interface eth1:

[root@linux-server net]# cat /sys/class/net/eth1/carrier
[root@linux-server net]# cat: /sys/class/net/eth1/carrier: Invalid argument

This command’s output most likely means the the eth1 network interface is in powered down state.

So what have learned?

We have learned how to monitor the state of the network cable connected to a Linux ethernet device via external switch that is migrated without the use of any external tools like ethtool.

How to start Syslog ( Syslog-ng ) on IBM AIX

Thursday, October 20th, 2022


Syslog-ng is a system logging application, which can be a replacement of the default syslog. With syslog-ng, the log messages can be sent in an ecrypted/secure channel to a remote server. If the central log server or the network connection becomes unavailable syslog-ng will store messages on the local hard disk.

The syslog-ng application automatically sends the stored messages to the server when the connection is reestablished, in the same order the messages were received. The disk buffer is persistent – no messages are lost even if syslog-ng is restarted. (Another possibility to send those messages to a secondary server.)

syslog-ng can filter log messages and select only the ones matching certain criteria, but it cannot interpret and analyze the meaning behind the messages. It can receive messages from files, remote hosts, and other sources, and these are sent to one or more destinations (files, remote hosts..),

It has a server – client model, here only syslog-ng client informations will be described (syslog-ng server has not been tested, only client, which were sending messages to a remote server (qradar).)

One missing feature of syslog-ng, that it cannot rotate logs by itself. For log rotation an external tool like logrotate needs to be used.

1. Install / Uninstall syslog-ng on AIX

1.1. Install syslog-ng on AIX

After downloading the syslog-ng installer package, we have 2 options
– run ./syslog-ng-<edition>-<version>-<OS>-<platform>.run script, or
– install as an rpm package: rpm -i syslog-ng-premium-edition-<version>-<OS>-<arch>.rpm

During install, the default syslogd will be replaced automatically by syslog-ng (no parallel operation is possible).

1.2. Uninstall syslog-ng on AIX

If the .run installer has been used: /opt/syslog-ng/bin/ (The uninstall script will automatically restore the syslog daemon used before installing syslog-ng.)
If the .rpm package has been used: rpm -e syslog-ng-premium-edition (with rpm, it does not restore the syslog daemon used before syslog-ng).

AIX is a custom and non-free OS if you had to deal with it you might might ponder how to stop / start syslog-ng.
The paths to binaries on AIX
The configuration is not universal, but represents the GEK server.

2. Set Automatic start of syslog-ng on AIX

Enable Start from /etc/tcpip:

start /opt/freeware/sbin/syslog-ng "$src_running"

3. Check syslog-ng configuration is correct

Configuration could be under separate locations but the most likely ones for  syslog-ng.conf and license.txt files are located in the
/opt/syslog-ng/etc/ directory or /etc/syslog-ng depending on how it was configured on install time.

After changing tuning the configuration, it can be checked for errors:

# /opt/freeware/sbin/syslog-ng –syntax-only

Enable zabbix agent to work with SeLinux enabled on CentOS 7 Linux

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

If you have the task to install and use zabbix-agent or zabbix-proxy to report to zabbix-server on CentOS 7 with enabled SeLinux services for security reasons and you have no mean to disable the selinux which is a common step to take under this circumstances, you will have to add the zabbix services to be exluded as permissive in selinux. In below article I'll show you how this is done in few easy steps.



1. Check the system sestatus

[root@linux zabbix]# sestatus
SELinux status:                 enabled
SELinuxfs mount:                /sys/fs/selinux
SELinux root directory:         /etc/selinux
Loaded policy name:             targeted
Current mode:                   enforcing
Mode from config file:          enforcing

Policy MLS status:              enabled
Policy deny_unknown status:     allowed
Max kernel policy version:      28

2. Enable zabbix to be permissive in selinux

To be able to set zabbix to be in permissive mode as well as for further troubleshooting if you have to enable other  linux services inside selinux you have to install below RPM packs.

[root@linux zabbix]# yum install setroubleshoot.x86_64 setools.x86_64 setools-console.x86_64 policycoreutils-python.x86_64

Set the zabbix permissive exclude rule in SeLINUX

[root@linux zabbix]# semanage permissive –add zabbix_t

Re-run the zabbix proxy (if you have a local zabbix-proxy running and the zabbix-agent)

[root@linux zabbix]# systemctl start zabbix-proxy.service

[root@linux zabbix]# systemctl start zabbix-agent.service

[root@linux zabbix]# systemctl status zabbix-agent
● zabbix-agent.service – Zabbix Agent
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/zabbix-agent.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Tue 2022-10-18 09:30:16 CEST; 1 day 7h ago
 Main PID: 962952 (zabbix_agentd)
    Tasks: 6 (limit: 100884)
   Memory: 5.1M
   CGroup: /system.slice/zabbix-agent.service
           ├─962952 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd -c /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf
           ├─962955 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd: collector [idle 1 sec]
           ├─962956 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd: listener #1 [waiting for connection]
           ├─962957 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd: listener #2 [waiting for connection]
           ├─962958 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd: listener #3 [waiting for connection]
           └─962959 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd: active checks #1 [idle 1 sec]

Oct 18 09:30:16 linux systemd[1]: Starting Zabbix Agent…
Oct 18 09:30:16 linux systemd[1]: Started Zabbix Agent.

3. Check inside audit logs all is OK

To make sure zabbix is really enabled to be omitted by selinux rules check audit.log

[root@linux zabbix]# grep zabbix_proxy /var/log/audit/audit.log

That's all folks, Enjoy ! 🙂

How to extend LVM full partition to bigger size on Linux Virtual machine Guest running in VMware vSphere

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022


Lets say you have to resize a partition that is wrongly made by some kind of automation like ansible or puppet,
because the Linux RHEL family OS template was prepared with a /home (or other partition with some very small size)  on VMware Vsphere Hypervisor hosting the Guest linux VM and the partition got quickly out of space.

To resolve the following question comes for the sysadmin

I. How to extend the LVM parititon that run out of space (without rebooting the VM Guest Linux Host)

II. how to add new disk partition space to the vSphere hypervisor OS. 

In below article i'll shortly describe that trivials steps to take to achieve that. Article won't show anything new original but I wrote it,
because I want it to have it logged for myself in case I need to LVM extend the space of my own Virtual machines and 
cause hopefully that might be of help to someone else from the Linux community that has to complete the same task.

I . Extending a LVM parititon that run out of space on a Linux Guest VM
1. Check the current parititon size that you want to extend

[root@linux-hostname home]# df -h /home/
 Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
                       4.7G  4.5G     0 100% /home

2. Check the Virtualization platform

[root@vm-hostname ~]# lshw |head -3
    description: Computer
    product: VMware Virtual Platform

3. Check the Operating System Linux OS type and version 

In this specific case this is a bit old Redhat -like CentOS 6.9 Linux

[root@vmware-host ~]# cat /etc/*release*
CentOS release 6.9 (Final)
CentOS release 6.9 (Final)
CentOS release 6.9 (Final)

4. Find out the type of target filesystem is EXT3, EXT4 or XFS etc.?

[root@vm-hostname ~]# grep home /proc/mounts
/dev/mapper/vg00-home /home ext3 rw,relatime,errors=continue,user_xattr,acl,barrier=1,data=ordered 0 0

Filesystem is handled by LVM thus

5. Check the size of the LVM partition we want to exchange

[root@vm-hostname ~]# lvs |grep home
home vg00 -wi-ao—- 5.00g

6. Check whether free space is available space in the volume group ?

[root@vm-hostname ~]# vgdisplay vg00
  — Volume group —
  VG Name               vg00
  System ID
  Format                lvm2
  Metadata Areas        2
  Metadata Sequence No  15
  VG Access             read/write
  VG Status             resizable
  MAX LV                0
  Cur LV                10
  Open LV               10
  Max PV                0
  Cur PV                2
  Act PV                2
  VG Size               128.99 GiB
  PE Size               4.00 MiB
  Total PE              33022
  Alloc PE / Size       30976 / 121.00 GiB
  Free  PE / Size       2046 / 7.99 GiB
  VG UUID               1F89PB-nIP2-7Hgu-zEVR-5H0R-7GdB-Lfj7t4

Extend VMWare space configured for additional hard disk on Hypervisor (if necessery)

In order for to extend the LVM of course you need to have a pre-existing additional hard-drive on VM (sdb,sdc etc. attached )

– If you need to extend on Vmware Vsphere Hypervisor:
Extend additional harddrive by entering the new size and Validate.

If you have previously extended the size of the Virtual Disk from VMWare to make the Linux guest vm find out about the change
you have to rerun rescan for the respective device that was grown on the HV.

7. Rescan on Linux VM host for changes in disk size from Hypervisor

Rescan disk for new size :

[root@vm-hostname ~]# echo 1> /sys/block/sdX/device/rescan

(where sdX is the extended additional harddrive)

8. Resize LVM physical volume

[root@vm-hostname ~]# pvresize /dev/sdX

9. Enlarge Logical Volume size 

[root@vm-hostname ~]# lvextend -L+5G /dev/mapper/vg00-home
     Extending logical volume LogVol00 to 10.77 GiB
     Logical volume LogVol00 successfully resized

10. Enlarge LVM hosted filesystem size

Filesystem is ext3 or ext4 :

[root@vm-hostname ~]# resize2fs /dev/mapper/vg00-home

– If the filesystem is not ext3 / ext4 but XFS you have to use xfs_growfs to let the FS know about the change.

Filesystem is XFS :

[root@vm-hostname ~]# xfs_growfs /dev/mapper/vg00-home

11. Check the additional filespace is already active on the Linux Guest VM

[root@vm-hostname ~]# df -h /home/
 Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
                        10G  4.2G  4.9G  48% /home

12. Verify  the extension of filesystem completed without errors

Check of system log:

[root@vm-hostname ~]# grep -i error /var/log/messages

Check if filesystem is writable.

[root@vm-hostname ~]# touch /home/test

[root@vm-hostname ~]# ls -al /home/test
-rw-r—– 1 root root 0 Sep 20 13:39 /home/test
[root@vm-hostname ~]# rm -f /home/test

II.  How to add additional sdb drive to a Linux host from vSPhere HV lets say (sdb)

1.  On VSphere GUI  interface

-> Select New hard drive and click Add

Enter the desired size for the new disk then unpack the disk parameters to choose Thin provision. Validate and Apply the recommendations.


2. On Linux system VM guest host to detect the new added sdb available space

Discover new disk :

[root@vm-hostname ~]# echo "- – -"> /sys/class/scsi_host/host2/scan && echo "- – -"> /sys/class/scsi_host/host1/scan && echo "- – -"> /sys/class/scsi_host/host0/scan

See  if discovered disk is found in /var/log/messages :

Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: scsi 2:0:2:0: Direct-Access VMware Virtual disk 1.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: scsi target2:0:2: Beginning Domain Validation
Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: scsi target2:0:2: Domain Validation skipping write tests
Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: scsi target2:0:2: Ending Domain Validation
Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: scsi target2:0:2: FAST-40 WIDE SCSI 80.0 MB/s ST (25 ns, offset 127)
Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: sd 2:0:2:0: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0
Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: sd 2:0:2:0: [sdb] 2097152 512-byte logical blocks: (1.07 GB/1.00 GiB)
Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: sd 2:0:2:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: sd 2:0:2:0: [sdb] Cache data unavailable
Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: sd 2:0:2:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
Nov 8 17:33:26 bict4004s kernel: sd 2:0:2:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk

3. Create new LVM Physical Volume

[root@vm-hostname ~]# pvcreate /dev/sdb

4. Enlarge LVM Volume Group to the max available size of /dev/sdb

[root@vm-hostname ~]# vgextend vg00 /dev/sdb

Enlarge LVM Logical Volume

[root@vm-hostname ~]# lvextend -L+10G /dev/mapper/vg00-home

5. Enlarge filesystem to max size of just created LVM

If Filesystem is ext3 or ext4 :

[root@vm-hostname ~]# resize2fs /dev/mapper/vg00-home

Again if we work with XFS additionally do:

[root@vm-hostname ~]# xfs_growfs /dev/mapper/vg00-home

6. Checking filesystem extension completed correct

 [root@vm-hostname ~]# df -h /home

7. Check filesystem is writtable and no errors produced in logs

Check of system log:

[root@vm-hostname ~]# grep -i error /var/log/messages

Check if filesystem is writable.

[root@vm-hostname ~]# touch /home/test

How to create multiple haproxy instance separate processes for different configuration listeners with systemd on single Linux server

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022


In this aticle will be explained, howto configure multiple haproxy instances with separate haproxy binary wrappers and configs to run on the same Linux server host
by creating and using systemd additional .services.

Usually haproxy as installed and  ran standard on Linux swapns 2 listener processes which are configured to serve any proxy configuration setup inside /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg.

Here is example:

[root@haproxy2:~ ]# ps -ef|grep -i haproxy
root      128464       1  0 Aug11 ?        00:01:19 /usr/sbin/haproxy -Ws -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg -p /run/ -S /run/haproxy-master.sock
haproxy   128466  128464  0 Aug11 ?        00:49:24 /usr/sbin/haproxy -Ws -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg -p /run/ -S /run/haproxy-master.sock

However what if you need to have a multiple services to be proxied and you need to have multiple configuration files separated under various
/etc/haproxy/ stored files (.e.g /etc/haproxy/haproxy-customer1.cfg /etc/haproxy-customer2.cfg /etc/haproxy-custmXYZ.fg) etc. , what then how this can be done ?

Besides the many down sides of involving systemd into Linux, there is some good sides of it, as on any modern Linux there is a separate service to manage haproxy as of year 2022 on most modern Linuxes Debian / CentOS / Redhat the location where usually systemd service scripts are located is under directory /usr/lib/systemd/system/ the systemd managed service files are with extension .service

[root@haproxy2:/usr/lib/systemd/system ]# ls -al haproxy.service
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 1509 Sep  5  2021 haproxy.service

[root@haproxy2:/usr/lib/systemd/system ]# ls -al cron.service
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 316 Feb 23  2021 cron.service

[root@haproxy2:/usr/lib/systemd/system ]# ls -al networking.service
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 643 Sep 21  2020 networking.service

[root@haproxy2:/usr/lib/systemd/system ]# ls -al systemd-journald.service
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 1812 Jul 13  2021 systemd-journald.service

1. Create new haproxy-custom.service and /etc/haproxy.cfg file copies

Adding new services that will be managed by systemd is pretty simple hence, you just need to have the original service file in that case this is haproxy.service and modify it a bit, original haproxy.service file on Red Hat Enterprise Linux release 8.5 (Ootpa) would look like this

Make exact copy of haproxy.service to haproxy-your-custom.service

[root@haproxy2:/usr/lib/systemd/system ]#  cp -vprf haproxy.service haproxy-customname.service
'haproxy.service' -> 'haproxy-customname.service'

[root@haproxy2:/usr/lib/systemd/system]# cp -vrpf /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg /etc/haproxy/haproxy_customname_prod.cfg
'/etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg' -> '/etc/haproxy/haproxy_customname_prod.cfg'

2. Modify the new haproxy-customname.service and haproxy-custoname.cfg

a) Create hardlink copy of /usr/sbin/haproxy binary

It is a good idea to separte the haproxy executable binary for the additional systemd haproxy instance. This can be done either by copying /usr/sbin/haproxy to something like /usr/sbin/haproxy-customname-wrapper or by creating a hard link. As i'm cautious to keep the haproxy-customname-wrapper binary up2date and updated together once the haproxy rpm package / deb package is updated either with yum or apt depending on the Linux distro, hard link  use is always better.
Just for reference hardlink does keep an own copy of the binary data and occupies additional Filesystem inodes, but at the same time the first inode of the binary does point to the original binary, meaning that a package update will make the hardlink be updated up to the latest version of the file and no extra management of the hard linked haproxy-customname-wrapper is necessery.

[root@haproxy2:/usr/sbin ]# ln haproxy haproxy-custname-wrapper

[root@haproxy2:/usr/sbin ]#  ls -al haproxy-custname-wrapper
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2541848 Sep  5  2021 haproxy-custname-wrapper*
root@haproxy2:/usr/sbin# ls -al haproxy
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2541848 Sep  5  2021 haproxy*

b) Modify haproxy-custoname.service systemd instance

The original service file will have content like

Description=HAProxy Load Balancer

Environment="CONFIG=/etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg" "PIDFILE=/run/"
ExecStartPre=/usr/sbin/haproxy -f $CONFIG -c -q $OPTIONS
ExecStart=/usr/sbin/haproxy -Ws -f $CONFIG -p $PIDFILE $OPTIONS
ExecReload=/usr/sbin/haproxy -f $CONFIG -c -q $OPTIONS

ExecReload=/bin/kill -USR2 $MAINPID



The modified one for the customname.service should have content similar to:

Description=HAProxy Load Balancer

Environment="CONFIG=/etc/haproxy/haproxy_customname_prod.cfg" "PIDFILE=/run/"
ExecStartPre=/usr/sbin/haproxy_customname -f $CONFIG -c -q $OPTIONS
ExecStart=/usr/sbin/haproxy_customname -Ws -f $CONFIG -p $PIDFILE $OPTIONS
ExecReload=/usr/sbin/haproxy_customname -f $CONFIG -c -q $OPTIONS

ExecReload=/bin/kill -USR2 $MAINPID


c) modify haproxy_customname_prod.cfg

Do the required config and save the file, below is minimal config sample:

[root@haproxy2:/etc/haproxy ]#  vim /etc/haproxy/haproxy_customname_prod.cfg

# Global settings
    log local6 debug
    chroot       /var/lib/haproxy
    pidfile      /run/
    stats socket /var/lib/haproxy/haproxy.sock mode 0600 level admin
    maxconn      4000
    user         haproxy
    group        haproxy

# common defaults that all the 'listen' and 'backend' sections will
# use if not designated in their block
    mode        tcp
    log         global
#    option      dontlognull
#    option      httpclose
#    option      httplog
#    option      forwardfor
    option      redispatch
    option      log-health-checks
    timeout connect 10000 # default 10 second time out if a backend is not found
    timeout client 300000
    timeout server 300000
    maxconn     60000
    retries     3


# round robin balancing between the various backends

frontend Frotnend_customname1
        mode tcp
        option tcplog
        #log global
        log-format [%t]\ %ci:%cp\ %bi:%bp\ %b/%s:%sp\ %Tw/%Tc/%Tt\ %B\ %ts\ %ac/%fc/%bc/%sc/%rc\ %sq/%bq

       default_backend Frontend_customname1

backend Frontend_customname1
        balance roundrobin
        timeout client 350000
        timeout server 350000
        timeout connect 35000
        server backend-server1 weight 1 check port 15000
        server backend-server2 weight 2  check port 15000


3. Reload systemd to make haproxy-customname.service known to systemctl, restart the freshly created service
and check its status


a) Execute daemon-reload to refresh known .service files in systemd

[root@haproxy2:/etc/haproxy ]# systemctl daemon-reload
[root@haproxy2:/etc/haproxy ]#

b) Restart haproxy-customname

[root@haproxy2:/usr/lib/systemd/system ]# systemctl restart haproxy-customname
[root@haproxy2:/usr/lib/systemd/system ]#

c) Check status is active running and process is properly forked

[root@haproxy2:/usr/lib/systemd/system ]# systemctl status haproxy-customname
● haproxy-customname.service – HAProxy Load Balancer
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/haproxy-customname.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Tue 2022-08-30 13:15:35 EEST; 16s ago
       Docs: man:haproxy(1)
    Process: 346635 ExecStartPre=/usr/sbin/haproxy-customname-wrapper -f $CONFIG -c -q $EXTRAOPTS (code=exited, status=0/SUCCES>
   Main PID: 346637 (haproxy-customn)
      Tasks: 3 (limit: 4654)
     Memory: 14.5M
        CPU: 68ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/haproxy-customname.service
             ├─346637 /usr/sbin/haproxy-customname-wrapper -Ws -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy_customname_prod.cfg -p /run/haproxy_cust>
             └─346639 /usr/sbin/haproxy-customname-wrapper -Ws -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy_customname_prod.cfg -p /run/haproxy_cust>

Aug 30 13:15:35 haproxy2 haproxy-customname-wrapper[346637]:    | timeouts are set to a non-zero value: 'client', 'connect', 's>
Aug 30 13:15:35 haproxy2 haproxy-customname-wrapper[346637]: [NOTICE] 241/131535 (346637) : New worker #1 (346639) forked
Aug 30 13:15:35 haproxy2 haproxy-customname-wrapper[346637]: Proxy webservers_http started.
Aug 30 13:15:35 haproxy2 haproxy-customname-wrapper[346637]: Proxy webservers_http started.
Aug 30 13:15:35 haproxy2 haproxy-customname-wrapper[346637]: Proxy https-in started.
Aug 30 13:15:35 haproxy2 haproxy-customname-wrapper[346637]: Proxy https-in started.
Aug 30 13:15:35 haproxy2 haproxy-customname-wrapper[346637]: Proxy webservers-https started.
Aug 30 13:15:35 haproxy2 haproxy-customname-wrapper[346637]: Proxy webservers-https started.
Aug 30 13:15:35 haproxy2 haproxy-customname-wrapper[346637]: Proxy stats started.
Aug 30 13:15:35 haproxy2 haproxy-customname-wrapper[346637]: Proxy stats started.

The new haproxy-customname.service processes will be visible in process list together with the normal haproxy.service spawned processes:

[root@haproxy2:/usr/lib/systemd/system ]# ps -ef|grep -i hapro|grep -v grep
root      128464       1  0 Aug11 ?        00:01:19 /usr/sbin/haproxy -Ws -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg -p /run/ -S /run/haproxy-master.sock
haproxy   128466  128464  0 Aug11 ?        00:49:29 /usr/sbin/haproxy -Ws -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg -p /run/ -S /run/haproxy-master.sock

root      346637       1  0 13:15 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/haproxy-customname-wrapper -Ws -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy_customname_prod.cfg -p /run/ -S /run/haproxy-customname-master.sock
haproxy   346639  346637  0 13:15 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/haproxy-customname-wrapper -Ws -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy_customname_prod.cfg -p /run/ -S /run/haproxy-customname-master.sock


Following the same steps you can create as many separate haproxy instances as you like, but you have to be cautious not to intermix the listener ports for frontends. There is always risk when you copy from the original /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg to /etc/haproxy/haproxy-whatever.cfg to forget to change the listen port addresses in new config. 
Also note, that you might have problems, if you exceeed the usual maximum number of ports  65535 by using a high port ranges in the listeneres and due to that your additional systemd instances might refuse to start.

If you need to create a multiple bunch of systemd separte instances and haproxy configurations you can write easily a small script in bash that does this steps automatically.
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How to update expiring OpenSSL certificates without downtime on haproxy Pacemaker / Corosync PCS Cluster

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022


Lets say you have a running PCS Haproxy cluster with 2 nodes and you have already a configuration in haproxy with a running VIP IP and this proxies
are tunneling traffic to a webserver such as Apache or directly to an Application and you end up in the situation where the configured certificates,
are about to expire soon. As you can guess having the cluster online makes replacing the old expiring SSL certificate with a new one relatively easy
task. But still there are a couple of steps to follow which seems easy but systemizing them and typing them down takes some time and effort.
In short you need to check the current certificates installed on the haproxy inside the Haproxy configuration files,
in my case the haproxy cluster was running 2 haproxy configs haproxyprod.cfg and haproxyqa.cfg and the certificates configured are places inside this

Hence to do the certificate update, I had to follow few steps:

A. Find the old certificate key or generate a new one that will be used later together with the CSR (Certificate Request File) to generate the new Secure Socket Layer
certificate pair.
B. Either use the old .CSR (this is usually placed inside the old .CRT certificate file) or generate a new one
C. Copy those .CSR file to the Copy / Paste buffer and place it in the Website field on the step to fill in a CSR for the new certificate on the Domain registrer
such as NameCheap / GoDaddy / BlueHost / Entrust etc.
D. Registrar should then be able to generate files like the the new ServerCertificate.crt, Public Key Root Certificate Authority etc.
E. You should copy and store these files in some database for future perhaps inside some database such as .xdb
for example you can se the X – Certificate and Key management xca (google for xca download).
F. Copy this certificate and place it on the top of the old .crt file that is configured on the haproxies for each domain for which you have configured it on node2
G. standby node1 so the cluster sends the haproxy traffic to node2 (where you should already have the new configured certificate)
H. Prepare the .crt file used by haproxy by including the new ServerCertificate.crt content on top of the file on node1 as well
I. unstandby node1
J. Check in browser by accessing the URL the certificate is the new one based on the new expiry date that should be extended in future
K. Check the status of haproxy
L. If necessery check /var/log/haproxy.log on both clusters to check all works as expected


Below are the overall commands to use to complete below jobs

Old extracted keys and crt files are located under /home/username/new-certs

1. Check certificate expiry start / end dates

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# openssl s_client -connect 2>/dev/null| openssl x509 -noout -enddate
notAfter=Aug 12 12:00:00 2022 GMT

2. Find Certificate location taken from /etc/haproxy/haproxyprod.cfg / /etc/haproxy/haproxyqa.cfg

# from Prod .cfg
   bind ssl crt /etc/haproxy/certs/ ca-file /etc/haproxy/certs/ccnr-ca-prod.crt 

# from QA .cfg

    bind ssl crt /etc/haproxy/certs/ ca-file /etc/haproxy/certs

3. Check  CRT cert expiry

# for haproxy-serv02 qa :443 listeners

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# openssl s_client -connect 2>/dev/null| openssl x509 -noout -enddate 
notAfter=Dec  9 13:24:00 2029 GMT


[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# openssl x509 -enddate -noout -in /etc/haproxy/certs/
notAfter=Aug 12 12:00:00 2022 GMT

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# openssl x509 -noout -dates -in /etc/haproxy/certs/ 
notBefore=May 13 00:00:00 2020 GMT
notAfter=Aug 12 12:00:00 2022 GMT

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# openssl x509 -noout -dates -in /etc/haproxy/certs/ 
notBefore=Dec  6 13:52:00 2019 GMT
notAfter=Dec  9 13:52:00 2022 GMT

4. Check public website cert expiry in a Chrome / Firefox or Opera browser

In a Chrome browser go to updated URLs:




and check the certs

5. Login to one of haproxy nodes haproxy-serv02 or haproxy-serv01

Check what crm_mon (the cluster resource manager) reports of the consistancy of cluster and the belonging members
you should get some output similar to below:

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# crm_mon
Stack: corosync
Current DC: haproxy-serv01 (version 1.1.23-1.el7_9.1-9acf116022) – partition with quorum
Last updated: Fri Jul 15 16:39:17 2022
Last change: Thu Jul 14 17:36:17 2022 by root via cibadmin on haproxy-serv01

2 nodes configured
6 resource instances configured

Online: [ haproxy-serv01 haproxy-serv02 ]

Active resources:

 ccnrprodlbvip  (ocf::heartbeat:IPaddr2):       Started haproxy-serv01
 ccnrqalbvip    (ocf::heartbeat:IPaddr2):       Started haproxy-serv01
 Clone Set: haproxyqa-clone [haproxyqa]
     Started: [ haproxy-serv01 haproxy-serv02 ]
 Clone Set: haproxyprod-clone [haproxyprod]
     Started: [ haproxy-serv01 haproxy-serv02 ]

6. Create backup of existing certificates before proceeding to regenerate expiring
On both haproxy-serv01 / haproxy-serv02 run:


# cp -vrpf /etc/haproxy/certs/ /home/username/etc-haproxy-certs_bak_$(date +%d_%y_%m)/

7. Find the .key file etract it from latest version of file CCNR-Certificates-DB.xdb

Extract passes from XCA cert manager (if you're already using XCA if not take the certificate from keypass or wherever you have stored it.

+ For XCA cert manager ccnrlb pass
Find the location of the certificate inside the .xdb place etc.

+++++ file +++++



# Extracted from old file /etc/haproxy/certs/




8. Renew Generate CSR out of RSA PRIV KEY and .CRT

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# openssl x509 -noout -fingerprint -sha256 -inform pem -in
SHA256 Fingerprint=24:F2:04:F0:3D:00:17:84:BE:EC:BB:54:85:52:B7:AC:63:FD:E4:1E:17:6B:43:DF:19:EA:F4:99:L3:18:A6:CD

# for haproxy-serv01 prod :443 listeners

[root@haproxy-serv02 certs]# openssl x509 -x509toreq -in -out -signkey

9. Move (Standby) traffic from haproxy-serv01 to ccnrl0b2 to test cert works fine

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# pcs cluster standby haproxy-serv01

10. Proceed the same steps on haproxy-serv01 and if ok unstandby

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# pcs cluster unstandby haproxy-serv01

11. Check all is fine with openssl client with new certificate

Check Root-Chain certificates:

# openssl verify -verbose -x509_strict -CAfile /etc/haproxy/certs/ccnr-ca-prod.crt -CApath  /etc/haproxy/certs/{.pem?)
/etc/haproxy/certs/ OK

# openssl verify -verbose -x509_strict -CAfile /etc/haproxy/certs/thawte-ca.crt -CApath  /etc/haproxy/certs/
/etc/haproxy/certs/ OK

################# For ##############
Do the same

12. Check cert expiry on /etc/haproxy/certs/

# for haproxy-serv02 qa :15443 listeners
[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# openssl s_client -connect 2>/dev/null| openssl x509 -noout -enddate
notAfter=Dec  9 13:52:00 2022 GMT

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]#  openssl x509 -enddate -noout -in /etc/haproxy/certs/ 
notAfter=Dec  9 13:52:00 2022 GMT

Check also for 
+++++ file +++++




# Extracted from /etc/haproxy/certs/




13. Standby haproxy-serv01 node 1

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# pcs cluster standby haproxy-serv01

14. Renew Generate CSR out of RSA PRIV KEY and .CRT for second domain

# for haproxy-serv01 prod :443 renew listeners
[root@haproxy-serv02 certs]# openssl x509 -x509toreq -in  -out -signkey

And repeat the same steps e.g. fill the CSR inside the domain registrer and get the certificate and move to the proxy, check the fingerprint if necessery

[root@haproxy-serv01 certs]# openssl x509 -noout -fingerprint -sha256 -inform pem -in
SHA256 Fingerprint=60:B5:F0:14:38:F0:1C:51:7D:FD:4D:C1:72:EA:ED:E7:74:CA:53:A9:00:C6:F1:EB:B9:5A:A6:86:73:0A:32:8D

15. Check private key's SHA256 checksum

# openssl pkey -in terminals-priv.KEY -pubout -outform pem | sha256sum
# openssl x509 -in -pubkey -noout -outform pem | sha256sum

# openssl pkey -in -pubout -outform pem | sha256sum

# openssl x509 -in -pubkey -noout -outform pem | sha256sum

16. Check haproxy config is okay before reload cert

# haproxy -c -V -f /etc/haproxy/haproxyprod.cfg
Configuration file is valid

# haproxy -c -V -f /etc/haproxy/haproxyqa.cfg
Configuration file is valid

Good so next we can the output of status of certificate

17.Check old certificates are reachable via VIP IP address

Considering that the cluster VIP Address is lets say and running one of the both nodes cluster to check it do something like:

# curl -vvI|grep -Ei 'start date|expire date'

As output you should get the old certificate

18. Reload Haproxies for Prod and QA on node1 and node2

You can reload the haproxy clusters processes gracefully something similar to kill -HUP but without loosing most of the current established connections with below cmds:

Login on node1 (haproxy-serv01) do:

# /usr/sbin/haproxy -f /etc/haproxy/haproxyprod.cfg -D -p /var/run/  -sf $(cat /var/run/
# /usr/sbin/haproxy -f /etc/haproxy/haproxyqa.cfg -D -p /var/run/  -sf $(cat /var/run/

repeat the same commands on haproxy-serv02 host

19.Check new certificates online and the the haproxy logs

# curl -vvI|grep -Ei 'start date|expire date'

*       start date: Jul 15 08:19:46 2022 GMT
*       expire date: Jul 15 08:19:46 2025 GMT

You should get the new certificates Issueing start date and expiry date.

On both nodes (if necessery) do:

# tail -f /var/log/haproxy.log

Zabbix: Monitor Linux rsyslog configured central log server is rechable with userparameter script

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022


On modern Linux OS servers on Redhat / CentOS / Fedora and Debian based distros log server service is usually running on the system  such as rsyslog (rsyslogd) to make sure the logging from services is properly logged in separate logs under /var/log.

A very common practice on critical server machines in terms of data security, where logs produced by rsyslog daermon needs to be copied over network via TCP or UDP protocol immediately is to copy over the /var/log produced logs to another configured central logging server. Then later every piece of bit generated by rsyslogd could be  overseen by a third party auditor person and useful for any investigation in case of logs integrity is required or at worse case if there is a suspicion that system in question is hacked by a malicious hax0r and logs have been "cleaned" up from any traces leading to the intruder (things usually done locally by hackers) or by any automated script exploit tools since yesr.

This doubled logging of system events to external log server  ipmentioned is very common practice by companies to protect their log data and quite useful for logs to be recovered easily later on from the central logging server machine that could be also setup for example to use rsyslogd to receive logs from other Linux machines in circumstances where some log disappears just like that (things i've seen happen) for any strange reason or gets destroyed by the admins mistake locally on machine / or by any other mean such as filesystem gets damaged. a very common practice by companies to protect their log data.  

Monitor remote logging server is reachable with userparameter script

Assuming that you already have setup a logging from the server hostname A towards the Central logging server log storepool and everything works as expected the next logical step is to have at least some basic way to monitor remote logging server configured is still reachable all the time and respectively rsyslog /var/log/*.* logs gets properly produced on remote side for example with something like a simple TCP remote server port check and reported in case of troubles in zabbix.

To solve that simple task for company where I'm employed, I've developed below

# @@ for TCP @ for UDP
# Script to check if configured TCP / UDP logging server in /etc/rsyslog.conf is rechable
# report to zabbix

PORT=$(grep -Ei "*.* $DELIMITER.*:$GREP_PORT" /etc/rsyslog.conf|awk -F : '{ print $2 }'|sort -rn |uniq);

#for i in $(grep -Ei "*.* $DELIMITER.*:$GREP_PORT" /etc/rsyslog.conf |grep -v '\#'|awk -F"$DELIMITER" '{ print $2 }' | awk -F ':' '{ print $1 }'|sort -rn); do
HOST=$(grep -Ei "*.* $DELIMITER.*:$GREP_PORT" /etc/rsyslog.conf |grep -v '\#'|awk -F"$DELIMITER" '{ print $2 }' | awk -F ':' '{ print $1 }'|sort -rn)

# echo $PORT

if [[ ! -z $PORT ]] && [[ ! -z $HOST ]]; then
SSH_RETURN=$(/bin/ssh $HOST -p $PORT -o ConnectTimeout=$CONNECT_TIMEOUT 2>&1);
echo "PROBLEM Port $GREP_PORT not defined in /etc/rsyslog.conf";

#exit 1;
if [[ $(echo $SSH_RETURN |grep -i ‘Connection timed out during banner exchange’ | wc -l) -eq ‘1’ ]]; then
echo "rsyslogd $HOST:$PORT OK";

if [[ $(echo $SSH_RETURN |grep -i ‘Connection refused’ | wc -l) -eq ‘1’ ]]; then
echo "rsyslogd $HOST:$PORT PROBLEM";

#sleep 2;

You can download a copy of the script here

Depending on the port the remote rsyslogd central logging server is using configure it in the script with respective port through the DELIMITER='@@', GREP_PORT='5145', CONNECT_TIMEOUT=5 values.

The delimiter is setup as usually in /etc/rsyslog.conf this the remote logging server for TCP IP is configured with @@ prefix to indicated TCP mode should be used.

Below is example from /etc/rsyslog.conf of how the rsyslogd server is configured:

[root@Server-hostA /root]# grep -i @@ /etc/rsyslogd.conf
# central remote Log server IP / port
*.* @@

To use the script on a machine, where you have a properly configured zabbix-agentd service host connected and reporting data to a zabbix-server monitoring server.

1. Set up the script under /usr/local/bin/

[root@Server-hostA /root ]# vim /usr/local/bin/

[root@Server-hostA /root ]# chmod +x /usr/local/bin/

2. Prepare userparameter_check_log_server.conf with log_server.check Item key

[root@Server-hostA zabbix_agentd.d]# cat userparameter_check_log_server.conf 
UserParameter=log_server.check, /usr/local/bin/

3. Set in Zabbix some Item such as on below screenshot


check-log-server-status-screenshot-linux-item-zabbix.png4. Create a Zabbix trigger 


The redded hided field in Expression field should be substituted with your actual hostname on which the monitor script will run.

How to RPM update Hypervisors and Virtual Machines running Haproxy High Availability cluster on KVM, Virtuozzo without a downtime on RHEL / CentOS Linux

Friday, May 20th, 2022


Here is the scenario, lets say you have on your daily task list two Hypervisor (HV) hosts running CentOS or RHEL Linux with KVM or Virutozzo technology and inside the HV hosts you have configured at least 2 pairs of virtual machines one residing on HV Host 1 and one residing on HV Host 2 and you need to constantly keep the hosts to the latest distribution major release security patchset.

The Virtual Machines has been running another set of Redhat Linux or CentOS configured to work in a High Availability Cluster running Haproxy / Apache / Postfix or any other kind of HA solution on top of corosync / keepalived or whatever application cluster scripts Free or Open Source technology that supports a switch between clustered Application nodes.

The logical question comes how to keep up the CentOS / RHEL Machines uptodate without interfering with the operations of the Applications running on the cluster?

Assuming that the 2 or more machines are configured to run in Active / Passive App member mode, e.g. one machine is Active at any time and the other is always Passive, a switch is possible between the Active and Passive node.


In this article I'll give a simple step by step tested example on how you I succeeded to update (for security reasons) up to the latest available Distribution major release patchset on one by one first the Clustered App on Virtual Machines 1 and VM2 on Linux Hypervisor Host 1. Then the App cluster VM 1 / VM 2 on Hypervisor Host 2.
And finally update the Hypervisor1 (after moving the Active resources from it to Hypervisor2) and updating the Hypervisor2 after moving the App running resources back on HV1.
I know the procedure is a bit monotonic but it tries to go through everything step by step to try to mitigate any possible problems. In case of failure of some rpm dependencies during yum / dnf tool updates you can always revert to backups so in anyways don't forget to have a fully functional backup of each of the HV hosts and the VMs somewhere on a separate machine before proceeding further, any possible failures due to following my aritcle literally is your responsibility 🙂


0. Check situation before the update on HVs / get VM IDs etc.

Check the virsion of each of the machines to be updated both Hypervisor and Hosted VMs, on each machine run:

# cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS Linux release 7.9.2009 (Core)

The machine setup I'll be dealing with is as follows:

hypervisor-host1 -> 
•    virt-mach-centos1
•    virt-machine-zabbix-proxy-centos (zabbix proxy)

hypervisor-host2 ->
•    virt-mach-centos2
•    virt-machine-zabbix2-proxy-centos (zabbix proxy)

To check what is yours check out with virsh cmd –if on KVM or with prlctl if using Virutozzo, you should get something like:

[root@hypervisor-host2 ~]# virsh list
 Id Name State
 1 vm-host1 running
 2 virt-mach-centos2 running

 # virsh list –all

[root@hypervisor-host1 ~]# virsh list
 Id Name State
 1 vm-host2 running
 3 virt-mach-centos1 running

[root@hypervisor-host1 ~]# prlctl list
UUID                                    STATUS       IP_ADDR         T  NAME
{dc37c201-08c9-589d-aa20-9386d63ce3f3}  running      –               VM virt-mach-centos1
{76e8a5f8-caa8-5442-830e-aa4bfe8d42d9}  running      –               VM vm-host2
[root@hypervisor-host1 ~]#

If you have stopped VMs with Virtuozzo to list the stopped ones as well.

# prlctl list -a

[root@hypervisor-host2 74a7bbe8-9245-5385-ac0d-d10299100789]# vzlist -a
                                CTID      NPROC STATUS    IP_ADDR         HOSTNAME
[root@hypervisor-host2 74a7bbe8-9245-5385-ac0d-d10299100789]# prlctl list
UUID                                    STATUS       IP_ADDR         T  NAME
{92075803-a4ce-5ec0-a3d8-9ee83d85fc76}  running      –               VM virt-mach-centos2
{74a7bbe8-9245-5385-ac0d-d10299100789}  running      –               VM vm-host1

# prlctl list -a

If due to Virtuozzo version above command does not return you can manually check in the VM located folder, VM ID etc.

[root@hypervisor-host2 vmprivate]# ls
74a7bbe8-9245-4385-ac0d-d10299100789  92075803-a4ce-4ec0-a3d8-9ee83d85fc76
[root@hypervisor-host2 vmprivate]# pwd
[root@hypervisor-host2 vmprivate]#

[root@hypervisor-host1 ~]# ls -al /vz/vmprivate/
total 20
drwxr-x—. 5 root root 4096 Feb 14  2019 .
drwxr-xr-x. 7 root root 4096 Feb 13  2019 ..
drwxr-x–x. 4 root root 4096 Feb 18  2019 1c863dfc-1deb-493c-820f-3005a0457627
drwxr-x–x. 4 root root 4096 Feb 14  2019 76e8a5f8-caa8-4442-830e-aa4bfe8d42d9
drwxr-x–x. 4 root root 4096 Feb 14  2019 dc37c201-08c9-489d-aa20-9386d63ce3f3
[root@hypervisor-host1 ~]#

Before doing anything with the VMs, also don't forget to check the Hypervisor hosts has enough space, otherwise you'll get in big troubles !

[root@hypervisor-host2 vmprivate]# df -h
Filesystem                       Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/centos_hypervisor-host2-root   20G  1.8G   17G  10% /
devtmpfs                          20G     0   20G   0% /dev
tmpfs                             20G     0   20G   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs                             20G  2.0G   18G  11% /run
tmpfs                             20G     0   20G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/sda1                        992M  159M  766M  18% /boot
/dev/mapper/centos_hypervisor-host2-home  9.8G   37M  9.2G   1% /home
/dev/mapper/centos_hypervisor-host2-var   9.8G  355M  8.9G   4% /var
/dev/mapper/centos_hypervisor-host2-vz    755G   25G  692G   4% /vz


[root@hypervisor-host1 ~]# df -h
Filesystem               Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/centos-root   50G  1.8G   45G   4% /
devtmpfs                  20G     0   20G   0% /dev
tmpfs                     20G     0   20G   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs                     20G  2.1G   18G  11% /run
tmpfs                     20G     0   20G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/sda2                992M  153M  772M  17% /boot
/dev/mapper/centos-home  9.8G   37M  9.2G   1% /home
/dev/mapper/centos-var   9.8G  406M  8.9G   5% /var
/dev/mapper/centos-vz    689G   12G  643G   2% /vz

Another thing to do before proceeding with update is to check and tune if needed the amount of CentOS repositories used, before doing anything with yum.

[root@hypervisor-host2 yum.repos.d]# ls -al
total 68
drwxr-xr-x.   2 root root  4096 Oct  6 13:13 .
drwxr-xr-x. 110 root root 12288 Oct  7 11:13 ..
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  4382 Mar 14  2019 CentOS7.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  1664 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-Base.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  1309 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-CR.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root   649 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-Debuginfo.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root   314 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-fasttrack.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root   630 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-Media.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  1331 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-Sources.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  6639 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-Vault.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  1303 Mar 14  2019 factory.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root   666 Sep  8 10:13 openvz.repo
[root@hypervisor-host2 yum.repos.d]#


[root@hypervisor-host1 yum.repos.d]# ls -al
total 68
drwxr-xr-x.   2 root root  4096 Oct  6 13:13 .
drwxr-xr-x. 112 root root 12288 Oct  7 11:09 ..
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  1664 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-Base.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  1309 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-CR.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root   649 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-Debuginfo.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root   314 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-fasttrack.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root   630 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-Media.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  1331 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-Sources.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  6639 Sep  5  2019 CentOS-Vault.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root  1303 Mar 14  2019 factory.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root   300 Mar 14  2019 obsoleted_tmpls.repo
-rw-r–r–.   1 root root   666 Sep  8 10:13 openvz.repo

1. Dump VM definition XMs (to have it in case if it gets wiped during update)

There is always a possibility that something will fail during the update and you might be unable to restore back to the old version of the Virtual Machine due to some config misconfigurations or whatever thus a very good idea, before proceeding to modify the working VMs is to use KVM's virsh and dump the exact set of XML configuration that makes the VM roll properly.

To do so:
Check a little bit up in the article how we have listed the IDs that are part of the directory containing the VM.

[root@hypervisor-host1 ]# virsh dumpxml (Id of VM virt-mach-centos1 ) > /root/virt-mach-centos1_config_bak.xml
[root@hypervisor-host2 ]# virsh dumpxml (Id of VM virt-mach-centos2) > /root/virt-mach-centos2_config_bak.xml


2. Set on standby virt-mach-centos1 (virt-mach-centos1)

As I'm upgrading two machines that are configured to run an haproxy corosync cluster, before proceeding to update the active host, we have to switch off
the proxied traffic from node1 to node2, – e.g. standby the active node, so the cluster can move up the traffic to other available node.

[root@virt-mach-centos1 ~]# pcs cluster standby virt-mach-centos1

3. Stop VM virt-mach-centos1 & backup on Hypervisor host (hypervisor-host1) for VM1

Another prevention step to make sure you don't get into damaged VM or broken haproxy cluster after the upgrade is to of course backup 


[root@hypervisor-host1 ]# prlctl backup virt-mach-centos1


[root@hypervisor-host1 ]# prlctl stop virt-mach-centos1
[root@hypervisor-host1 ]# cp -rpf /vz/vmprivate/dc37c201-08c9-489d-aa20-9386d63ce3f3 /vz/vmprivate/dc37c201-08c9-489d-aa20-9386d63ce3f3-bak
[root@hypervisor-host1 ]# tar -czvf virt-mach-centos1_vm_virt-mach-centos1.tar.gz /vz/vmprivate/dc37c201-08c9-489d-aa20-9386d63ce3f3

[root@hypervisor-host1 ]# prlctl start virt-mach-centos1

4. Remove package version locks on all hosts

If you're using package locking to prevent some other colleague to not accidently upgrade the machine (if multiple sysadmins are managing the host), you might use the RPM package locking meachanism, if that is used check RPM packs that are locked and release the locking.

+ List actual list of locked packages

[root@hypervisor-host1 ]# yum versionlock list  

versionlock list done

+ Clear the locking            

# yum versionlock clear                               

+ List actual list / == clear all entries

[root@virt-mach-centos2 ]# yum versionlock list; yum versionlock clear
[root@virt-mach-centos1 ]# yum versionlock list; yum versionlock clear
[root@hypervisor-host1 ~]# yum versionlock list; yum versionlock clear
[root@hypervisor-host2 ~]# yum versionlock list; yum versionlock clear

5. Do yum update virt-mach-centos1

For some clarity if something goes wrong, it is really a good idea to make a dump of the basic packages installed before the RPM package update is initiated,
The exact versoin of RHEL or CentOS as well as the list of locked packages, if locking is used.

Enter virt-mach-centos1 (ssh virt-mach-centos1) and run following cmds:

# cat /etc/redhat-release  > /root/logs/redhat-release-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# cat /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober > /root/logs/grub2-efi-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

+ Only if needed!!

# yum versionlock clear
# yum versionlock list

Clear any previous RPM packages – careful with that as you might want to keep the old RPMs, if unsure comment out below line

# yum clean all |tee /root/logs/yumcleanall-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out


Proceed with the update and monitor closely the output of commands and log out everything inside files using a small script that you should place under /root/status the script is given at the end of the aritcle.:

yum check-update |tee /root/logs/yumcheckupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
yum check-update | wc -l
yum update |tee /root/logs/yumupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
sh /root/status |tee /root/logs/status-before-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out


6. Check if everything is running fine after upgrade

Reboot VM

# shutdown -r now

7. Stop VM virt-mach-centos2 & backup  on Hypervisor host (hypervisor-host2)

Same backup step as prior 

# prlctl backup virt-mach-centos2


# prlctl stop virt-mach-centos2
# cp -rpf /vz/vmprivate/92075803-a4ce-4ec0-a3d8-9ee83d85fc76 /vz/vmprivate/92075803-a4ce-4ec0-a3d8-9ee83d85fc76-bak
## tar -czvf virt-mach-centos2_vm_virt-mach-centos2.tar.gz /vz/vmprivate/92075803-a4ce-4ec0-a3d8-9ee83d85fc76

# prctl start virt-mach-centos2

8. Do yum update on virt-mach-centos2

Log system state, before the update

# cat /etc/redhat-release  > /root/logs/redhat-release-vorher-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# cat /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober > /root/logs/grub2-efi-vorher-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# yum versionlock clear == if needed!!
# yum versionlock list


Clean old install update / packages if required

# yum clean all |tee /root/logs/yumcleanall-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

Initiate the update

# yum check-update |tee /root/logs/yumcheckupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out 2>&1
# yum check-update | wc -l 
# yum update |tee /root/logs/yumupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out 2>&1
# sh /root/status |tee /root/logs/status-before-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

9. Check if everything is running fine after upgrade

Reboot VM

# shutdown -r now


10. Stop VM vm-host2 & backup

# prlctl backup vm-host2


# prlctl stop vm-host2

Or copy the actual directory containig the Virtozzo VM (use the correct ID)

# cp -rpf /vz/vmprivate/76e8a5f8-caa8-5442-830e-aa4bfe8d42d9 /vz/vmprivate/76e8a5f8-caa8-5442-830e-aa4bfe8d42d9-bak
## tar -czvf vm-host2.tar.gz /vz/vmprivate/76e8a5f8-caa8-4442-830e-aa5bfe8d42d9

# prctl start vm-host2

11. Do yum update vm-host2

# cat /etc/redhat-release  > /root/logs/redhat-release-vorher-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# cat /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober > /root/logs/grub2-efi-vorher-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

Clear only if needed

# yum versionlock clear
# yum versionlock list
# yum clean all |tee /root/logs/yumcleanall-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

Do the rpm upgrade

# yum check-update |tee /root/logs/yumcheckupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# yum check-update | wc -l
# yum update |tee /root/logs/yumupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# sh /root/status |tee /root/logs/status-before-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

12. Check if everything is running fine after upgrade

Reboot VM

# shutdown -r now

13. Do yum update hypervisor-host2



# cat /etc/redhat-release  > /root/logs/redhat-release-vorher-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# cat /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober > /root/logs/grub2-efi-vorher-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

Clear lock   if needed

# yum versionlock clear
# yum versionlock list
# yum clean all |tee /root/logs/yumcleanall-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

Update rpms

# yum check-update |tee /root/logs/yumcheckupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out 2>&1
# yum check-update | wc -l
# yum update |tee /root/logs/yumupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out 2>&1
# sh /root/status |tee /root/logs/status-before-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

14. Stop VM vm-host1 & backup

Some as ealier

# prlctl backup vm-host1


# prlctl stop vm-host1

# cp -rpf /vz/vmprivate/74a7bbe8-9245-4385-ac0d-d10299100789 /vz/vmprivate/74a7bbe8-9245-4385-ac0d-d10299100789-bak
# tar -czvf vm-host1.tar.gz /vz/vmprivate/74a7bbe8-9245-4385-ac0d-d10299100789

# prctl start vm-host1

15. Do yum update vm-host2

# cat /etc/redhat-release  > /root/logs/redhat-release-vorher-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# cat /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober > /root/logs/grub2-efi-vorher-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# yum versionlock clear == if needed!!
# yum versionlock list
# yum clean all |tee /root/logs/yumcleanall-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# yum check-update |tee /root/logs/yumcheckupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# yum check-update | wc -l
# yum update |tee /root/logs/yumupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# sh /root/status |tee /root/logs/status-before-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

16. Check if everything is running fine after upgrade

+ Reboot VM

# shutdown -r now

17. Do yum update hypervisor-host1

Same procedure for HV host 1 

# cat /etc/redhat-release  > /root/logs/redhat-release-vorher-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# cat /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober > /root/logs/grub2-efi-vorher-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

Clear lock

# yum versionlock clear
# yum versionlock list
# yum clean all |tee /root/logs/yumcleanall-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

# yum check-update |tee /root/logs/yumcheckupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# yum check-update | wc -l
# yum update |tee /root/logs/yumupdate-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out
# sh /root/status |tee /root/logs/status-before-$(hostname)-$(date '+%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S').out

18. Check if everything is running fine after upgrade

Reboot VM

# shutdown -r now

Check hypervisor-host1 all VMs run as expected 

19. Check if everything is running fine after upgrade

Reboot VM

# shutdown -r now

Check hypervisor-host2 all VMs run as expected afterwards

20. Check once more VMs and haproxy or any other contained services in VMs run as expected

Login to hosts and check processes and logs for errors etc.

21. Haproxy Unstandby virt-mach-centos1

Assuming that the virt-mach-centos1 and virt-mach-centos2 are running a Haproxy / corosync cluster you can try to standby node1 and check the result
hopefully all should be fine and traffic should come to host node2.

[root@virt-mach-centos1 ~]# pcs cluster unstandby virt-mach-centos1

Monitor logs and make sure HAproxy works fine on virt-mach-centos1

22. If necessery to redefine VMs (in case they disappear from virsh) or virtuosso is not working

[root@virt-mach-centos1 ]# virsh define /root/virt-mach-centos1_config_bak.xml
[root@virt-mach-centos1 ]# virsh define /root/virt-mach-centos2_config_bak.xml

23. Set versionlock to RPMs to prevent accident updates and check OS version release

[root@virt-mach-centos2 ]# yum versionlock \*
[root@virt-mach-centos1 ]# yum versionlock \*
[root@hypervisor-host1 ~]# yum versionlock \*
[root@hypervisor-host2 ~]# yum versionlock \*

[root@hypervisor-host2 ~]# cat /etc/redhat-release 
CentOS Linux release 7.8.2003 (Core)

Other useful hints

[root@hypervisor-host1 ~]# virsh console dc37c201-08c9-489d-aa20-9386d63ce3f3
Connected to domain virt-mach-centos1

! Compare packages count before the upgrade on each of the supposable identical VMs and HVs – if there is difference in package count review what kind of packages are different and try to make the machines to look as identical as possible  !

Packages to update on hypervisor-host1 Count: XXX
Packages to update on hypervisor-host2 Count: XXX
Packages to update virt-mach-centos1 Count: – 254
Packages to update virt-mach-centos2 Count: – 249

The /root/status script


echo  '=======================================================   '
echo  '= Systemctl list-unit-files –type=service | grep enabled '
echo  '=======================================================   '
systemctl list-unit-files –type=service | grep enabled

echo  '=======================================================   '
echo  '= systemctl | grep ".service" | grep "running"            '
echo  '=======================================================   '
systemctl | grep ".service" | grep "running"

echo  '=======================================================   '
echo  '= chkconfig –list                                        '
echo  '=======================================================   '
chkconfig –list

echo  '=======================================================   '
echo  '= netstat -tulpn                                          '
echo  '=======================================================   '
netstat -tulpn

echo  '=======================================================   '
echo  '= netstat -r                                              '
echo  '=======================================================   '
netstat -r


That's all folks, once going through the article, after some 2 hours of efforts or so you should have an up2date machines.
Any problems faced or feedback is mostly welcome as this might help others who have the same setup.

Thanks for reading me 🙂