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In our environment we came up with the decision to use an alias node naming convention, where our customers create an alias address for a Connect Direct server i.e alias-name.domain.com. We take the alias-name part and use that as the Connect Direct node name. When the customers’ servers are upgraded, we install Connect Direct on the new replacement server and give it the same alias name as the server it is replacing, and when the customer’s server goes live we will repoint the alias address from the old server to the new server. We did this in order to ensure the vast number of our users no longer have to worry about having to change the node names in their .cdp files, JCL, and bin files when they move to their new server.
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Connect Direct Application support staff will be able to setup an automated puppet install package for deployment to customer's new servers. Post install, app support staff will either be able to rename node name or add second/alias node name on server. App support staff will configure user setup. User import existing scripts, cdps, bin files and run jobs on normal schedule.
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