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Storefront 2.1 & receiver Failover

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Hi There,

My question is how do I setup StoreFront 2.1 failover (Not Load Balance) for legacy webservice?

Here are the setup details:-
(All of below is in a Virtualised VM environment)

Main environment has XenApp 6.5 Enterprise installed on 25 servers and a dedicated data collector. A dedicated License server and storefront 2.1 installed on a dedicated server. There will also be a backup storefront 2.1. For info the DataStore is configured to MSSQL Server 2008.

There are 100 clients and these all have Citrix Receiver 3.4 enterprise installed. For info the storefront 2.1 is configured to use the legacy webservice feature and is all configured with pass-through authentication. The receiver is installed to point to the webservice.

In this format it works and the app is published to each client desktop and loads.

The Virtualised environment has a failover site, another physical location, and will use the same host names for all servers BUT IP’s will be different as on another subnet. The technology deployed with bring this all up automatically.

We need to be able to get the clients to just run and not need reconfiguring…we have a very short failover window. At most the clients can be restarted.

So I need to know how to configure the Config files of StoreFront 2.1 so that it can know about the failover environment even if the hostnames are the same and the farm is the same. If that’s possible. NOTE I could name the storefronts different if that's required.


Cheers,

Steve
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by:Jayanta Sarmah
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Please refer the below :

http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/dws-storefront-21/dws-plan-ha.html

KEYWORDS:Primary  and KEYWORDS:Secondary  should be the key

Also refer :

http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/dws-storefront-21/dws-configure-ha-lb.html

hope this is of any help
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objectivity earned 0 total points
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Hi Thanks for the reply I have actualy looked at this before but was a little confused...easy to do at the moment haha

OK in your second link there is config and the key bit is this i think:-
<primaryFarmRefs>
              <farm name="primaryfarmname" />
              <farm ... />
              ...
            </primaryFarmRefs>
            <backupFarmRefs>
              <farm name="backupfarmname" />
              <farm ... />


Can the farm name be the same...as details above the site on the failover is a snapshot of the live site so apart from ip's everything is the same i.e. farm name and host names.
<primaryFarmRefs>
              <farm name="myFarm" />
              <farm ... />
              ...
            </primaryFarmRefs>
            <backupFarmRefs>
              <farm name="myFarm" />
              <farm ... />



So just as an example could I do this?
and this may seem daft to ask how will the receivers/or the environement know that its failedover?

Cheers,

Steve
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by:objectivity
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This question can be closed as a re-design of our solution is in place.
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