Error Code details
Severity: Error 
Component: Cluster Server 
%s dropped below zero; setting to zero

TargetCount is an internal attribute of service group, which indicates how many systems Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) attempts to bring online (in case of a parallel group). In case of a failover service group, the value of TargetCount is 1 when the group is online. When the service group is brought offline manually, VCS decreases the value.


For example, the following commands evoke a decrement of the value of TargetCount when the service group goes offline.

# hagrp -offline

# hastop -local


This message is displayed when VCS lowers the value of TargetCount unintentionally, and makes the value negative. In such a case, VCS sets the value to zero.


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Solution 1 Vote: [Useful] [Not useful]
Last Modified: 2013-04-24 08:10:51 PDT
Platform: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (x86-32), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (x86-64), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (POWER)
Release: Generic

This solution applies to VCS 5.1 or 5.1SP1.


If the service group is online, VCS might not failover the service group if the TargetCount setting is lowered. In case that you want to offline the service group, no further action is required. Otherwise, try  the following steps.


  1. To verify the TargetCount setting, on any cluster node, enter:


# hagrp -display -attribute TargetCount CurrentCount –all


If the TargetCount value in the output is less than the CurrentCount value, continue with the next steps. Otherwise VCS will bring the service group online, and no user action is required.


  1. Close the configuration and dump any changes to Enter:

# haconf –dump –makero


  1. Stop VCS on all the nodes. Enter:

# hastop –all –force


  1. Start VCS on all nodes. Enter:

# hastart


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