Learn how to configure Automate Schedule's standby server for high availability (HA) with these simple steps.


Configuring a Standby Server for High Availability

In this video, you will learn how to configure Skybot Scheduler Standby Server.

First, you need to install Skybot on your backup server and then you will configure it for standby mode. So we will go ahead and go through the installation. Your backup server's operating system needs to match the production server as well as the processor architecture: 32- or 64-bit. The time zones also should match. We will start the install.

While the install is running, we can go over to my production server because there is some information on that server that we are going to need for configuring for high availability. So underneath server, we will look at the server properties. What we are going to need are the IP address of your production server or the host's name and then also the listen port. The other item that you will need is the password for your admin user on your Skybot production server.

During the install, you will be prompted for a password for your Skybot user on that server. Enter thatîit will create the user and the password. You will also be prompted for the ports that the Skybot Scheduler will use to communicate with your server and, if these ports are ok, you can click "ok". If not, you can choose those port numbers to what you will need on your server.

Running the Configuration File

Once your install is complete, then you will go over to the directory where your Skybot Scheduler is installed, and we will run the configuration file. So, on a Window's server, it's under program files: Skybot, and we want the file in the Skybot Scheduler directory. This is Master to Standby. In the UNIX System, you will run that same script. Skybot is installed under this Skybot and server directory, and then here is your Master to Standby script that you will go ahead and run. So we are just going to run that, and what is going to happen when we run this configuration is that this program will convert the Skybot Scheduler that is installed on this computer and it will change it from Master to Standby mode.

What it does is it deletes the database that we installed just a minute ago and it replaces it with a replicated database from your production server so that conversion takes a minute. So here is where you would enter the name of the server or the IP address and then this is where you need that admin password. So this is the admin password from your enterprise server. Go ahead and enter that and now we are going to replace the database so I go ahead and run the configuration and this configuration takes just a minute as well.

Verifying the Standby Server

So, the initial install probably takes about three to four minutes, and this configuration takes another couple minutes. So once that configuration is complete, you will want to check and verify that indeed your Standby Server was set up. A couple of ways we can do that. One of those is you can log on back to your production server and go to system settings and now you will see down at the bottom of the system settings we've got under the Standby Server, the IP address, the port for that server, and now you can also enter an email address here for who needs to be notified if the Standby Server needs to be brought up in production mode.

Also, on the home screen now, you will notice instead of saying that the Standby Server is not configured, our Standby Server is active. The other thing you can do to test this configuration is you can try to log in to your backup server and what you will get is a message stating that this server is replicating the data from your production server. It's a Standby to Master connection, and this is the Standby system, and then you will also see down here that the files are being replicated and so this probably takes a couple of minutes to complete. Once your replication is caught up you are good to go.

All of your rules, logs, and reports have all been moved over to your Standby Server and will be copied over there in real time. So, thank you.

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Last Modified On: October 24, 2019