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Active/Passive Cluster Server Load Balance and Failover

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Is It possible to have an Active/Passive server for fail over but for load balancing, when there is high traffic, it will use both servers like they were active/active and split the work between them.  So basically only one server will be used at all times, except when there is a failure on it or large amounts of data.
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This would not be built in behavior of the cluster service.  You could probably code something to look at server metrics and then based on that fire up the service on the second node.  Ultimately this would depend on the app and would probably be tough to implement.

If the app supports Active/Active, why not just leave it in that config all the time, when you need to take a node down, you just pause the node you want to take down.  This way you are using both nodes that you paid for all the time and not just during heavy loads.
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