Typically, when you are using Spring Cloud Eureka for service discovery and you shut down an instance that is registered with the server, that instance is removed from the registry. However, in some cases, that might not happen, and instead, the instance is just marked as being
DOWN. If you look at your Eureka dashboard, you will see something like this.
Notice one of the
RACES services is marked as down and the big red text above the table. You might run into this because, by default, if 85% of instances in Eureka are not sending heartbeats to the Eureka server, then the server will not evict them. When you see this, Eureka has entered what is called “self-preservation mode.”
The good news is you should not be alarmed by this. It is actually Eureka trying to be helpful and by not evicting instances that are not actually down. For example, there could be some network issues preventing instances from sending heartbeat information. Everything is still functioning correctly, so do you really want Eureka to start evicting instances? Probably not. With any luck, the network issues will resolve themselves and heartbeat information will eventually be received by the server.
If for whatever reason you want to turn off self-preservation mode, you can set