A couple of weeks ago one of our consultants in EMEA set up the Operations Center Dashboard for a customer in a clustered configuration. By this I mean, the customer wanted to ensure as much "up-time" as possible for their end users who access the Dashboard. In order to do this, multiple Dashboard instances were set up with a Load Balancer in front of it to direct users.
I am providing this post for informational purposes only, this is not something that you can call into support and request assistance on, you will need to engage Consulting. Additionally, the details provided to me were from the Consultant and I have not verified the specific details.
To start with, the core pieces of setting up clustering for the Operations Center Dashboard is around the underlying technology we leverage, Liferay. The consultant researched the set up details on the Liferay site.
The example below uses a two node example, ie: one main NOC server and two Dashboard servers. The customer the consultant was doing the work for elected to use the F5 Network Load Balancer which the customer did the actual configuration on that side.
The first step towards clustering two dashboard servers is to create the Dashboard configuration database on a database server. Currently NetIQ supports either Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle for these configuration databases. Depending on which database used, you first need to create an empty database on the database server. Before you set up Dashboards to use a database the Dashboard server has to have been started at least one time to initialize the hypersonic database.
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Disclaimer: As with everything else at Cool Solutions, this content is definitely not supported by Novell (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).
It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.