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Error response from daemon: rpc error: code = Unavailable desc = grpc: the connection is unavailable


(Dogaozer92) #1

Hi all,

I would like to create a node and link the node that is addressed with its own IP address with another node which also has its own IP address.

What I did was:

IP address ending with “101” is the manager1.
IP address ending with “103” is the manager2.

docker swarm join \
>     --token SWMTKN-1-498jdoqw7ne0nvcv6tcpajt7p4osuja6agni9e8kr2f1w2knys-2uxv6jhobs8f0t6lkrwnmsus3 \
>     XXX.XXX.XX.101:2377 \
>     --listen-addr XXX.XXX.XX.103:2377

As a result my output was:

Error response from daemon: rpc error: code = Unavailable desc = grpc: the connection is unavailable

What I would like to do is:

root@ubuntu:~# docker node ls
q8qrlm9jt5xc9usb0mm2rnjjd * manager2 Ready Active Leader

Add another node under the manager2, well what I’ve done is probably a mess.

Is there a for me to correct this mistake or rather add another node using:

docker swarm init …
docker swarm run …
etc. ?

I hope my message was clear for everyone :confused:

If not please let me know what you don’t understand from my set of instructions.

Kind Regards,


(Rob Schoening) #2

I am getting this as well as of 2017.09.

Reverting to 2007.06.* fixes the situation.

Interestingly, when I run dockerd on the worker in the foreground, it does not have a problem joining the swarm. However, when started via “systemctl start docker” on centos, the worker is unable to join the swarm.

(Selfisch) #3

Hey @if6was9 ,

same problem here. Did you solved it?
I am using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Kernel 14.10.0-35.
docker-ce 17.06.2-ce

Already tried to flush iptables etc. without success.

Another guy at our company is using a mix of debian stretch and ubuntu docker hosts(vms) and he is fine with the newest docker-ce.

Thanks and have a nice weekend all

(Selfisch) #4


related to: and I have had configured a company proxy in


after removing this config, all 17.09 docker versions will join the swarm properly.

(Apandit11) #5

Hi ,

I faced same issue. Error response from daemon: rpc error: code = Unavailable desc = grpc: the connection is unavailable .

In my case , Iptables caused the issue. I stopped the iptables service to resolve this issue.

(Rob Schoening) #6

Thanks for posting this.

Looks like the upstream issues are a bit of a mess…we can live without proxy access.

(Ajnouri) #7

Temporary solved by flushing iptables, but was a bad idea!! After that, cloning images didn’t work because it didn’t find the appropriate iptables chain “docker”.

It is indeed a FW issue, but more precisely firewalld (centos7).
Solved the issue by allowing the appropriate ports through firewalld,:

sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=2376/tcp --permanent  
sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=2377/tcp --permanent  
sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=7946/tcp --permanent  
sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=7946/udp --permanent  
sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=4789/udp --permanent

(Hujirong) #8

I got the exact same error, and finally found out I was being too smart. Below is my output from the init command, so make sure you just copy the bold line. I was changing the ip address to another vm2.

$ docker-machine ssh myvm1 “docker swarm init --advertise-addr”
Swarm initialized: current node (o7egg259g3bjibx5cubiaiu5h) is now a manager.

To add a worker to this swarm, run the following command:

**docker swarm join --token SWMTKN-1-1h201mpziax5vx5qud8e5sxbcejp1durmeiwj4hsbsx0koagv8-8lqloy869v38sdd8x7dbziimi**

To add a manager to this swarm, run ‘docker swarm join-token manager’ and follow the instructions.

(Nickparlow) #9

the firewall commands you listed worked a treat for me.

(Nandonov) #10

Yep, as you said, it is a firewall issue

(Kmalusare) #11

I was facing same issue .
I created 2 machines
centos-1 running docker - Version: 17.12.0-ce
centos-2 running docker - Version: 17.12.0-ce
i made centos-1 as master / manager node . I was trying to make centos-2 as worker node but it was failing with same error .
So i stopped the firewall with #iptables -F command and then restarted docker daemon by stsremctl restart docker .
Post which my problem was resolved and it

[root@centos2 ~]# docker swarm join --token SWMTKN-1-4026x0nvco9tkxk8zrxu9khal33g3mlhvgba1tfinl5i73yur1-7yihj163dq62sn8hhvw6iv6gr
This node joined a swarm as a worker.

(Ioanap3) #12

I did the same mistake! Thanks for pointing it out!