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I/O fencing

Symantec recommends configuring the cluster with I/O fencing enabled. I/O fencing requires shared devices to support SCSI-3 Persistent Reservations (PR). Enabling I/O fencing prevents data corruption caused by a split brain scenario.

Symantec Storage Foundation Cluster File System is supported without I/O fencing enabled. However, without I/O fencing enabled, split brain scenarios can result in data corruption.

I/O fencing allows write access to members of the active cluster and blocks access to non-members. The physical components of I/O fencing are data disks and coordinator disks. Each has a unique purpose and uses different physical disk devices.

See the Veritas Cluster Server Installation Guide.

See the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) at