Creating a Resource

To learn how to control resources in the cluster without having to worry about an actual application, we can use the aptly named Dummy resource agent. In this section of the guide, we will create a new dummy resource and look at the status and dashboard views of Hawk, to see how we can start and stop the resource, reconfigure parameters and monitor its location and status.

Add a resource

To add a resource, click Add Resource in the sidebar on the left. This brings up a list of different types of resources we can create. All basic resources that map to a resource agent or service are called Primitive resources. Click the Primitive button on this screen.

  1. Name the resource test1. No need to complicate things.

  2. From the Class selection box, pick ocf. The Provider selection box will default to heartbeat. This is what we want in this case. Other resource agents may have different providers.

  3. From the Type selection box, select Dummy. To learn more about the Dummy resource agent and its parameters, you can click the blue i button below the selection boxes. This brings up a modal dialog describing the selected agent.



The Dummy agent does not require any parameters, but it does have two: fake and state. In the selection box under Parameters it is possible to select either one of these, and by clicking the plus next to the selection box, the parameter can be configured with a value.

On the right-hand side of the screen, documentation for the parameter is shown when highlighted.

For now, there is no need to set any value here. To remove a parameter, click the minus button next to it.


In order for Pacemaker to monitor the state of the resource, a monitor operation can be configured. Resources can have multiple operations, and each operation can be configured with parameters such as timeout and interval. Hawk has configured some reasonable default operations, but in many cases you will need to modify the timeout or interval of your resource.

If no monitor operation is configured, Pacemaker won’t check to see if the application it maps to is still running. Most resources should have a monitor operation.

Meta Attributes

Meta attributes are parameters common to all resources. The most commonly seen attribute is the target-role attribute, which tells Pacemaker what state the resource ought to be in. To have Pacemaker start the resource, the target-role attribute should be set to Started. By default, Hawk sets this attribute to Stopped, so that any necessary constraints or other dependencies can be applied before trying to start it.

In this case, there are no dependencies, so set the value of this attribute to Started.


Utilization can be used to balance resources across different nodes. Perhaps one of the nodes has more RAM or disk space than the others, or perhaps there is a limit on how many resources can run on a given node. The utilization values can be used to manage this. By configuring utilization limits on the nodes themselves and configuring utilization values on the resources, resources can be balanced across the cluster according to the properties of nodes.

Finishing Up

To complete the configuration of this dummy resource, click Create. Hawk will post a notification showing if it completed the operation successfully or not.


Command Log

To see the command used to create the resource, go to the Command Log in the sidebar to the left of the screen. Here you can see a list of crm commands executed by Hawk, with the most recent command listed first.


Status and Dashboard

The created resource test1 will appear as a green line in the Hawk status view. Stopped resources are colored white, while failed resources are red.


The Dashboard view gives an alternative view of the cluster status. In this view, the cluster is represented by a matrix of lights indicating the state of the resource on each node.

Each row is a resource, and each column is a node. The rightmost column holds resources that are stopped and therefore not running on any node.


Starting and Stopping

Resources can be started and stopped directly from the status view. Use the control icons to the right of the resource listing. When stopping a resource, Hawk will ask for verification before applying the change.


Try stopping and starting the resource. Open the Dashboard in another browser window and see how it updates when the resource is stopped or started.

Migrating Resources

Clicking the down arrow icon next to a resource opens the extended operation menu. From this menu you can choose from a list of more advanced resource operations.

Migrating a resource means moving it away from its current location. This is done with the help of a location constraint created by the user interface. Migration can be given a destination node as an argument, or if no node is provided, the resource is migrated to any other node.

To create such a migration constraint, use the Migrate action in the resource menu.


Once the resource has been migrated, the constraint can be removed. This is done using the Unmigrate action. Note, however, that once the constraint is removed, Pacemaker may decide to move the resource back to its original location. To prevent this from happening, set the resource-stickiness cluster property.


The Details view is accessed via the looking glass button for a resource. This view shows the resource configuration and other details, plus a list of instances.


Recent Events

The Recent Events pane shows a list of actions taken by Pacemaker related to the resource. Each action has a return code, the meaning of which is explained by the tooltip which shows when hovering the mouse over the code. For example 0 means success, while 7 means that the resource was not running.

In the example view, you can see multiple red lines indicating that the resource action failed. These are not actual failures. Pacemaker runs monitor actions for resources on all nodes in the cluster, to make sure that the resource is not running where it shouldn’t be. These probes show up as failed actions in the Recent Event view, but they are in fact expected to fail.


It is possible to disable these probes for a resource using the Resource Discovery attribute on a location constraint. This, however, is generally not a good idea and is only needed for some specific advanced configurations.

Editing resources

The Edit view for a resource can be found either through the operation menu on the status view, or through the Edit screen accessible from the sidebar on the left.

Once in the edit view, you can change any parameters or attributes for the resource, or even delete it.

Note that it is not yet possible to change the resource type of an existing resource in Hawk.


To rename a resource, go to the Edit Configuration screen, and use the Rename operation for the resource.

Only stopped resources may be renamed.