I have two windows boxes running in HA with the same application running on it. Can I add the HA DNS/VIP and monitor both nodes (and subsequently both applications) from it? The reason I want to do this is because I want to monitor in the case of a fail-over as well as that some services run only when active.
Yes, you can. In fact a lot of people do exactly that.
When you are adding the VIP as a node be sure to de-select the non-shared resources.
In other words, when List Resources runs don't monitor the C drive as that is actually the C drive of the current active node.
Usually you will want to monitor each of the individual boxes as nodes to catch those non-shared resources and
just use the VIP node for the shared resources and you can also apply the MS Cluster application template to it if you like.
When adding the node, do I have to use server initiated communication to connect? Whenever I install the agents on the servers themselves they show up as their hostname obviously.
Sorry Ajay, I just re-read your original post and realized you are asking if you can use the agent for the VIP node.
I would not do that. It is fine to use the agent on the actual physical nodes but for the VIP I would use WMI.
Keeping in mind that the reason for the VIP node is to follow the stuff that can move and an agent has to be installed somewhere.
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