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13.2. What STONITH Device Should You Use?

It is crucial that the STONITH device can allow the cluster to differentiate between a node failure and a network one.
The biggest mistake people make in choosing a STONITH device is to use a remote power switch (such as many on-board IPMI controllers) that shares power with the node it controls. In such cases, the cluster cannot be sure if the node is really offline, or active and suffering from a network fault.
Likewise, any device that relies on the machine being active (such as SSH-based "devices" used during testing) are inappropriate.