When performing a non-query operation (Insert,Update,Delete) the 'cmdb_ci_cloud_service_account' table an OOTB business rule creates a SystemCommand for every MID server. This command keeps the cloud service accounts in synch across all MID servers. These records would normally be updated with every Cloud Discovery.

If there are many accounts (e.g.: 1000+ as we've seen in some instances) and these are updated all at once (as Discovery or Imports would) then all MID servers will be flooded with 'service_account_update' SystemCommands and will be effectively down until those messages are processed. The Interactive thread pool will be blocked for hours, making the MID Server unusable.

Steps to Reproduce

Pre-Requisite: Clean instance with one or more running MID servers

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  3. From run the following. The purpose of this is to reproduce what a scheduled Discovery or re-Discovery of all Cloud accounts would do.
var gr = new GlideRecord('cmdb_ci_cloud_service_account');
for(var i = 0; i <= 1000; i++) { gr.initialize();
gr.account_id = '12345678' + (('0000' + i).slice(-4));
gr.is_master_account = false; = gr.account_id;
gr.object_id = gr.account_id;
gr.skip_sync = true;
  1. Go to the ecc_queue and take note of the quantity of commands and the time it takes to process them.


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As a workaround, the following Business Rule can be added to the instance. Import and Commit this update set:


It contains a business rule to abort the insert of any new service_account_update jobs if the MID Server already has one queued in ready state. Each job synchronizes for all accounts, so only 1 job would need to run after the last of the updates are complete. This will prevent the backlog growing too large, without preventing any required jobs running.

Related Problem: PRB1354641

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Last Updated:2019-08-20 18:18:06