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Upgrading a failover server
Posted by John Villanueva on 03 October 2016 02:54 AM

Note: Always make sure your primary and failover servers have exactly the same versions of MFT Server. 

Normally, when you upgrade to the latest version of MFT Server, you would have to backup the "data" directory first and then copy it back after the upgrade. If you're just upgading a failover server, you can skip that part (which can take some time if the database is large) and do a simple install. 

Once the new MFT Server has been installed, you can then carry out either one of these two options:

Option 1: If you're using the failover settings on the primary server

If you've set up failover via the primary server's failover settings as outlined here:

http://files.jscape.com/secureftpserver/docs/index.html?defining_a_failover_server.htm

you can simply do a manual synchronization on the primary server. That action would automatically copy the primary server's configuration settings to the newly installed failover server.

Option 2: If you're using a shared global datastore for the primary and failover servers

If you're using a shared global datastore, just point your new failover server to the external RDBMS that stores the configuration settings of your primary server. 

Use the article "How To Set Up A SFTP Active-Passive Cluster" for reference. 

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