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BES Software share


We are running BES 4.1.7 and have four BES servers per region. Each region has their own SQL database.

One of the BES servers, BES1, has all the files that we use for Software Configurations.

I'm concerned that if we lost this server, what would happen to the apps we roll out to people's devices?

Am I correct in thinking that:

1. If we lost BES1 server, apart from people hosted on BES1, everyone else's apps would still work as the software config share is just for pushing out apps, not for running them?

2. Could we just have a copy of all the files on BES1 software share on BES2, and then if BES1 went down, we could just change the software config path to BES 2?
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Just a thought, but consider storing the software on the same share on each server.

Then configure a DNS entry such as BESHARE with each of the IP addresses of the BES servers.

Then configure the software location of BESHARE\software.

This might work.



You can use DFS replication across the servers to replicate the data automatically.  It would mean that the files are always the same on the servers that you wish them to be on.

Here is a guide to setting up DFS - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732863(WS.10).aspx

You can then setup an A record in DNS to point to the IP address of server 1 called BESsoftware, and if server 1 goes down manually change the DNS record to the IP of server 2.  Then as Rob said above, point the devices to look for \\BESsoftware\apps

Just make sure the shared folder on each server has the same name.


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