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High-Availability Server Products

Failover servers must communicate in order to handle resource failover. This is essential for high-availability services. The use of a dedicated heartbeat is a common technique to introduce some intelligence into the failover process. This is often done over a dedicated link (LAN or serial).

Many failover solutions (like Red Hat Cluster Manager and Microsoft Wolfpack) can use a shared SCSI of Fiber Channel disk storage array for failover communication. Information regarding Red Hat high availability solutions for Samba may be obtained from

The Linux High Availability project is a resource worthy of consultation if your desire is to build a highly available Samba file server solution. Please consult the home page at

Front-end server complexity remains a challenge for high availability because it must deal gracefully with backend failures, while at the same time providing continuity of service to all network clients.

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