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How do I make a server a backup/mirror of my current server?

Posted on 2011-03-12
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I'm wondering if it's possible to have 2 servers serving the same domain.  Basically files would be uploaded to both servers and when files get downloaded, they would randomly download between the 2 servers.  Basically 2 servers sharing the strain of 1 website and would also act as sort of a backup.  Is something like this possible?
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by:Todd Gerbert
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You're talking strictly about web servers, and not Windows file servers or domain controllers?
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by:davideo7
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I'm not really sure what the difference between a web server and a windows file server is.  Basically I want my server to be mirrored on to another server.
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Todd Gerbert earned 668 total points
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A web server is just that - it hosts web sites and their pages, and accepts requests from web browsers like FireFox or Internet Explorer. Internet Information Services (IIS) and Apache are examples of web server software.

A Windows file server is a server that hosts files - generally other computers will connect to it through Network Neighborhood, or will have a drive letter defined in My Computer that actually points to a folder on the server.

>> Basically I want my server to be mirrored on to another server
The kind of server - the services it provides - and what type of content you want mirrored is important. For example, if your server is an Active Directory Domain Controller some things won't work for you.  I think you're just talking about web servers, but I'm not sure - no DHCP or DNS software on these servers?  Are they members of a domain?  Are they domain controllers?
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by:david_sanjeev
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Hello davideo7

You can do with DNS Round Robin load balancing in that Traffic can be distributed (load balanced) between such web-servers.

http://www.simplefailover.com

Thanks
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by:nleviet
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To simply answer your question: Yes, it is possible.

You are describing a two nodes cluster.  Basically, two servers providing the same services and identified by only one name, ip address etc...  Both servers share the same resources.  This is a load balancing / failover solution, not a backup one.  In Windows world, this service is provided with the Enterprise and the Datacenter edition.

I hope this helps.
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