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I found this post doing some research on HA. We implemented HA in QA and PR. Here is my feedback:
We use Bluecat DNS. We had to end up using a 128 bit MD5 key to get it to work. Of course the newer security standard is SHA2(256 bit)keys. Basically we had our DNS team create a new zone for Solarwinds called solarwinds-ha; then they had to delegate us to have root privileges within that zone. From a process standpoint it was easier for us to use BIND DNS, but most of the internal Solarwinds support documentation is written with Active Directory DNS in mind. We spent quite a bit of time with support, our DNS team, and trial and error in QA to get it to work.
Right now we use HA more like disaster recovery which is really quite an expensive DR solution.
Best of luck.
I'm going to perform another batch of upgrades within a month so hopefully I see the same experience. My last upgrade in October ran just under 4 hours when running the installer and config wizard on my primary server and 3 APEs.
rschroeder Sweet! I'm looking forward to it. We're not far behind so my expectations are a bit uplifted from the last experience.
Orion Platform 2017.3, QoE 2.4, CloudMonitoring 1.0.0, SAM 6.4.0, NPM 12.2, IPAM 4.5.2, SRM 6.5.0, NTA 4.2.3, VIM 8.0.0, DPAIM 11.0.0, NCM 7.7, NetPath 1.1.2
aLTeReGo HAHAHA! Definitely took advantage of running them in parallel the last go around. That would be mind numbing to have to run them in serial.
jlhartsock keep in mind the *APE* installer has changed if you're not on at least NPM 12.01. See: NPM 12.0.1 Release Notes - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support . First you upgrade your primary and then you can download the new APE which is a smart installer and basically handles the rest. If you haven't upgraded in four months I'm wondering how far back your updates are. That might make things take longer.
Note that you can run the Configuration Wizard on all your Additional Polling Engines in parallel now, so there's no need to perform this function serially. Unless of course you also enjoy watching paint dry.
I was as 12.0.1 in September; when upgrading to 12.2, I found doing four APE's simultaneously caused problems. It was better to let the first APE complete downloading its Polling Engine files/updates from the Main Poller before starting a second APE, or a third or fourth.
Now, with much-improved updaters, I think the whole process must be much improved.
I agree on that point. We have experienced troubles starting the process on all APE's at ones. But once the files are downloaded one at a time, they seem to all run.
Maybe aLTeReGo has info about multi-threading the Polling Engines downloads from the Main Poller, after it's been upgraded & patched, that would enable simultaneous downloads from it to multiple APE's . . . .?
That would be a NICE product upgrade, and a time-saver during hotfixes and updates.
Parallel execution of Scalability Engines Installers should only be done using the latest Scalability Engines Installer released with Hotfix 4. A neat trick is that you can use the latest version of the Product Module Installer to also install/upgrade Scalability Engines. Better still, you can use that installer to install/upgrade your scalability engines while the Configuration Wizard is still running on the main Orion server to cut even more time off your upgrades. This wasn't possible previously for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is you couldn't yet access the Orion web interface to download the Scalability Engines Installer.
There's all sorts of crazy awesome stuff going on with Install/Upgrade these days. All of which is driven a direct result of feedback from people like yourself that have toiled their way through multi-hour/day upgrades in previous releases. We sincerely hope you've noticed the improvements we've made, as there has been a tremendous amount of effort placed on making this process easier for everyone, and we ain't done yet!
I did a UX feedback session a few months ago relating to proposed improvements to doing upgrades in Orion. I was thoroughly impressed at how much logic and use cases they had already built into the example we were working with. I expect really wonderful things to come from that pipeline sooner or later.
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