Connection draining

When needing to perform maintenance tasks on an active pool member it is preferrable to be able to remove that member from the pool in a graceful manner which does not abruptly terminate client connections. The usual approach to this is a process known as connection draining, where a member’s state is set so that it will no longer accept new connections requests. This allows for any existing connections to complete their current tasks and close, then once there are no remaining connections the member server can be worked on safely.

To achieve this on the Catalyst Cloud Load Balancer service set the weight for the target member to 0.

$ openstack loadbalancer member set http_pool --weight 0

Once the member is ready to go back in to the pool simply reset its weight value back the the same as the other members in the pool.

To check the weight values for existing pool members run

$ openstack loadbalancer member list http_pool_2 -c name -c weight
| name             | weight |
| |      1 |