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I'm working on a large community project and am evaluating some custom built CF forums.

Has anyone got any experience with the various availble (e.g. allaire forums, cf_forums2000, etc)?

My main concern is what to watch out for in evaluation as the allaire salesman has already told me that their product will not support clustering and this site will eventually run on 5/6 servers and also Spectra??
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BACHarbinCommented:
There are a number of things which you need to keep in about clustering.

First of all, does the forum use session variables?  If yes, then it will have to be customized in order to cluster the application.  Session variables are specific to the server which generated them, so in a clustered environment, you could have identical IDs for different users.

Client variables should be used in place of session variables in a clustered environment.  Also, the client variables need to be stored in a central database which all the servers in the cluster will have access to, otherwise, the benefits of client variables are lost.

For more information see: http://www.advantex.net/ColdFusion/CFClustering.htm - Preparing a ColdFusion Application for ClusterCATS Implementation  OR "So, you want to manage a session on load-balanced servers?"

I am working on a huge Spectra project right now, and I have not heard of anyone creating a Spectrafied forum, though it is an interesting idea.

Good luck.
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nathansCommented:
I doubt any of the CF Forums were created with Clustering in mind.

1. Yes you have to have a single Database.

2. If you need help I would love to work on a Spectra Forum.


Nathan Stanford
http://www.nsnd.com/cftips

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enewby77Author Commented:
Thanks for the response about clustering, etc - very useful!

I have decided to prototype my own version and any thoughts anyone has have would be gratefully recieved!

Likewise, if you would like me to share my experiences my address is enewby@genie.co.uk
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