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handling failover advice

Michael Doyle michael_doyle@blueyonder.co.uk
Thu, 28 Nov 2002 13:04:37 -0800 (PST)

Title: Message
I'm after folk's thoughts and advice.
What is the best way to spread the workload across multiple Conserver servers and allow for the event that 1 of the servers becomes unavailable. For example if I have 2 servers available to act as Conserver servers but want either to take the total workload in the event of the partner failing/shutdown etc. If I share a common .cf file across the 2 servers, splitting the consoles between the 2 servers how do you handle either a or b being unavailable. Do you store an alternate copy of the .cf file where the 1 remaining server controls all or is there a better/safer way. I appreciate that manual intervention will probably be required but I wanted to find out how other people have covered this. Hope that makes sense.
Also do most people run the server daemon as root or can it be run without issue as a specified user.
Any comment appreciated.