Geo configuration (source)

Note: This is the documentation for installations from source. For installations using the Omnibus GitLab packages, follow the Omnibus Geo nodes configuration guide.

Configuring a new secondary node

Note: This is the final step in setting up a secondary Geo node. Stages of the setup process must be completed in the documented order. Before attempting the steps in this stage, complete all prior stages.

The basic steps of configuring a secondary node are to replicate required configurations between the primary and the secondaries; to configure a tracking database on each secondary; and to start GitLab on the secondary node.

You are encouraged to first read through all the steps before executing them in your testing/production environment.

Notes:
  • Do not setup any custom authentication in the secondary nodes, this will be handled by the primary node.
  • Do not add anything in the secondaries Geo nodes admin area (Admin Area ➔ Geo Nodes). This is handled solely by the primary node.

Step 1. Manually replicate secret GitLab values

GitLab stores a number of secret values in the /home/git/gitlab/config/secrets.yml file which must match between the primary and secondary nodes. Until there is a means of automatically replicating these between nodes (see gitlab-org/gitlab-ee#3789), they must be manually replicated to the secondary.

  1. SSH into the primary node, and execute the command below:

    sudo cat /home/git/gitlab/config/secrets.yml
    

    This will display the secrets that need to be replicated, in YAML format.

  2. SSH into the secondary node and login as the git user:

    sudo -i -u git
    
  3. Make a backup of any existing secrets:

    mv /home/git/gitlab/config/secrets.yml /home/git/gitlab/config/secrets.yml.`date +%F`
    
  4. Copy /home/git/gitlab/config/secrets.yml from the primary to the secondary, or copy-and-paste the file contents between nodes:

    sudo editor /home/git/gitlab/config/secrets.yml
    
    # paste the output of the `cat` command you ran on the primary
    # save and exit
    
  5. Ensure the file permissions are correct:

    chown git:git /home/git/gitlab/config/secrets.yml
    chmod 0600 /home/git/gitlab/config/secrets.yml
    
  6. Restart GitLab

    service gitlab restart
    

Once restarted, the secondary will automatically start replicating missing data from the primary in a process known as backfill. Meanwhile, the primary node will start to notify the secondary of any changes, so that the secondary can act on those notifications immediately.

Make sure the secondary instance is running and accessible. You can login to the secondary node with the same credentials as used in the primary.

Step 2. Manually replicate primary SSH host keys

Read Manually replicate primary SSH host keys

Step 3. Add the secondary GitLab node

  1. Visit the primary node's Admin Area ➔ Geo Nodes (/admin/geo_nodes) in your browser.
  2. Add the secondary node by providing its full URL. Do NOT check the box 'This is a primary node'.
  3. Optionally, choose which namespaces should be replicated by the secondary node. Leave blank to replicate all. Read more in selective synchronization.
  4. Click the Add node button.
  5. SSH into your GitLab secondary server and restart the services:

    service gitlab restart
    

    Check if there are any common issue with your Geo setup by running:

    bundle exec rake gitlab:geo:check
    
  6. SSH into your GitLab primary server and login as root to verify the secondary is reachable or there are any common issue with your Geo setup:

    bundle exec rake gitlab:geo:check
    

Once reconfigured, the secondary will automatically start replicating missing data from the primary in a process known as backfill. Meanwhile, the primary node will start to notify the secondary of any changes, so that the secondary can act on those notifications immediately.

Make sure the secondary instance is running and accessible. You can login to the secondary node with the same credentials as used in the primary.

Step 4. (Optional) Enabling hashed storage (from GitLab 10.0)

Read Enabling Hashed Storage

Step 5. (Optional) Configuring the secondary to trust the primary

You can safely skip this step if your primary uses a CA-issued HTTPS certificate.

If your primary is using a self-signed certificate for HTTPS support, you will need to add that certificate to the secondary's trust store. Retrieve the certificate from the primary and follow your distribution's instructions for adding it to the secondary's trust store. In Debian/Ubuntu, for example, with a certificate file of primary.geo.example.com.crt, you would follow these steps:

sudo -i
cp primary.geo.example.com.crt /usr/local/share/ca-certificates
update-ca-certificates

Step 6. Enable Git access over HTTP/HTTPS

Geo synchronizes repositories over HTTP/HTTPS, and therefore requires this clone method to be enabled. Navigate to Admin Area ➔ Settings (/admin/application_settings) on the primary node, and set Enabled Git access protocols to Both SSH and HTTP(S) or Only HTTP(S).

Step 7. Verify proper functioning of the secondary node

Read Verify proper functioning of the secondary node.

Selective synchronization

Read Selective synchronization.

Troubleshooting

Read the troubleshooting document.