[KBA-00172] How to configure the Directory Failover Coordinator in Omnicast™ 4.x - Omnicast™ 4.0 - 4.8

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Omnicast™ 4.0 - 4.8
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2010-11-24

[KBA-00172] How to configure the Directory Failover Coordinator in Omnicast™ 4.x

This article explains how to configure a simple Directory Failover setup with two machines.

Summary

For a functional Directory Failover setup, install the Directory, Directory Failover Coordinator (DFC), and Gateway on both machines.

Server 1: (MAIN SERVER)

In the Server Admin, all services point to itself (ie. insert the name or IP address of the local machine in the Gateway field for all services, and in the Directory field of the Gateway service)

Server 2: (SECONDARY SERVER)

In the Server Admin, all services point to itself except the Gateway (which points to Server 1); therefore, put the IP address of Server 2 in all the services except your Gateway, which will contain the IP of the Directory of Server 1.

Once this is configured, you want to stop the Directory service on Server 2 and put the startup type to manual. To do this go to Start in Windows, click Run, type 'services.msc' and go to the Genetec Omnicast Directory. Right-click and chose properties to change the startup type.

The next thing to do is to go in the Config Tool and configure the Directory Failover Coordinator in the Tools menu. Make sure Server 1 is listed first and Server 2 is listed second.

After this configuration, when you log into the Config Tool, you will see all the services of Server 1 connected to Gateway 1 and all the Services of server 2 connected to Gateway 2.

To test if the failover works, all you need to do is unplug the network cable from Server 1. Server 2's Directory service will start up as it believes Server 1 is no longer online. Replugging the cable aftwards will eventually stop Server 2's Directory as the main one has returned to the network.

More Information

For more information about setting up Directory Failover, see the Omnicast™ Directory Failover System Installation and Configuration Procedure for Omnicast 4.x.