RabbitMQ packaged by VMware - Scale the cluster horizontally

To horizontally scale this deployment, two options are available:

  • Use the kubectl scale command.

  • Upgrade the chart modifying the replicaCount parameter, as shown below:

    replicaCount=3 auth.password="$RABBITMQ_PASSWORD" auth.erlangCookie="$RABBITMQ_ERLANG_COOKIE"

NOTE: It is mandatory to specify the password and Erlang cookie that was set the first time the chart was installed when upgrading the chart. Otherwise, new pods won't be able to join the cluster.

When scaling down the solution, unnecessary RabbitMQ nodes are automatically stopped, but they are not removed from the cluster. These nodes must be manually removed via the rabbitmqctl forget_cluster_node command.

For instance, if RabbitMQ was initially installed with three replicas and then scaled down to two replicas, run the commands below (assuming that the release name is rabbitmq and the clustering type is hostname):

$ kubectl exec rabbitmq-0 --container rabbitmq -- rabbitmqctl forget_cluster_node rabbit@rabbitmq-2.rabbitmq-headless.default.svc.cluster.local
$ kubectl delete pvc data-rabbitmq-2
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