You can configure and deploy a machine health check to automatically repair damaged machines in a machine pool.

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This process is not applicable to clusters where you manually provisioned the machines yourself. You can use the advanced machine management and scaling capabilities only in clusters where the machine API is operational.

  • Enable a FeatureGate so you can access Technology Preview features.

    Turning on Technology Preview features cannot be undone and prevents upgrades.

About MachineHealthChecks

MachineHealthChecks automatically repairs unhealthy Machines in a particular MachinePool.

To monitor machine health, you create a resource to define the configuration for a controller. You set a condition to check for, such as staying in the NotReady status for 15 minutes or displaying a permanent condition in the node-problem-detector, and a label for the set of machines to monitor.

You cannot apply a MachineHealthCheck to a machine with the master role.

The controller that observes a MachineHealthCheck resource checks for the status that you defined. If a machine fails the health check, it is automatically deleted and a new one is created to take its place. When a machine is deleted, you see a machine deleted event. To limit disruptive impact of the machine deletion, the controller drains and deletes only one node at a time.

To stop the check, you remove the resource.

Sample MachineHealthCheck resource

The MachineHealthCheck resource resembles the following YAML file:

apiVersion: healthchecking.openshift.io/v1alpha1
kind: MachineHealthCheck
 name: example (1)
 namespace: openshift-machine-api
      machine.openshift.io/cluster-api-machine-role: <label> (2)
      machine.openshift.io/cluster-api-machine-type: <label> (2)
      machine.openshift.io/cluster-api-machineset: <cluster_name>-<label>-<zone> (3)
1 Specify the name of the MachineHealthCheck to deploy. Include the name of the MachinePool to track.
2 Specify a label for the MachinePool that you want to check.
3 Specify the MachineSet to track in <cluster_name>-<label>-<zone> format. For example, prod-node-us-east-1a.

Creating a MachineHealthCheck resource

You can create a MachineHealthCheck resource for all MachinePools in your cluster except the master pool.

  • Install the oc command line interface.

  1. Create a healthcheck.yml file that contains the definition of your MachineHealthCheck.

  2. Apply the healthcheck.yml file to your cluster:

    $ oc apply -f healthcheck.yml