Rolling Back and Rolling Forward Transactions

Netvisor ONE maintains a log file with the list of transactions with their respective undo commands  to be able to revert back, when necessary, to a previous state, that is, to roll back one or more transactions starting from the latest one. On the other hand, the list of executed commands can be used to redo certain transactions, in other words to roll forward one or more transactions.

However, this is only desirable under special circumstances, because the auto-recover feature by default automatically makes sure that all nodes are synchronized to the latest transaction.

For example in case of rare  conditions in which transactions diverge on different nodes (despite auto-recover), a roll back or roll forward action may be performed manually through the corresponding command.

However, the auto-recover function may need to be temporarily disabled on the affected node(s) to permit the desired action.

The transaction-rollback-to command is used to roll back to an earlier fabric transaction number. The transaction-rollforward-to command is instead used to roll forward to a subsequent fabric transaction number.

For instance, the fabric state gets accidentally out of sync according to the fabric-node-show command output with, say, a missing interface addition transaction:

CLI (network-admin@pnswitch1) > fabric-node-show format name,fab-name,fab-tid,state,device-state,

name      fab-name   fab-tid state  device-state

--------- ---------- ------- ------ ------------

pnswitch2 pnfabric    1       online ok

pnswitch1 pnfabric    2       online ok

Hence the state can be rolled back to a previously synced ID to restore fabric-wide (scope fabric) consistency:

CLI (network-admin@pnswitch1) > transaction-rollback-to scope fabric tid 1

Warning: rolled back transactions are unrecoverable unless another fabric node has them. Proceed? [y/n] y

After successfully rolling back the transaction (i.e., no error message is printed on the console), the change completes and the transaction is removed from the transaction log.

Alternatively the state can be rolled forward to reattempt to successfully redo the previously failed fabric-wide interface addition:

CLI (network-admin@pnswitch1) > transaction-rollforward-to scope fabric tid 2

Added interface eth2.13

After successfully rolling forward a transaction (i.e., no error is printed on the console), the change completes and the transaction log is updated.

If multiple nodes go out of sync, you must recover each node separately.

If you apply a configuration to the fabric, and a node does not respond to it, in certain circumstances you may want to evict the node from the fabric to troubleshoot the problem on the specific device.

To evict a node, that node must be offline, otherwise the eviction command will fail. Then you can use the fabric-node-evict command to perform the eviction process like so:

CLI (network-admin@switch) > fabric-node-evict name pnswitch2


CLI (network-admin@switch) > fabric-node-evict id b000021:52a1b620

An alternative approach (usually reserved to customer support for special cases) is to try to force a roll back or roll forward action when the configuration is in sync but the transaction ID fails to get updated:

CLI (network-admin@pnswitch1) > transaction-rollforward-to scope fabric tid 2 ignore-error

Added interface eth2.13