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Thank you for opening this enhancement request with IBM. I have reviewed it with my team and we're in agreement that it would be a reasonable enhancement to File Agent. I'm going to accept it so it's in our backlog and we'll look to shift this into our roadmap moving forward.
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Pursuant TS008328003 I have discovered that while primary/active CDFA automatically restarts when new config file is copy/replace on shared drive, the secondary/standby CDFA requires manually restart to recognize change (i.e., Rule disabled); this could cause significant impact should failover occur without manual restart being performed. I do not think Customers should be expected to 1) manually copy/replace config file on shared drive or 2) manually restart secondary/standby CDFA when using High Availability Support; IBM Management feedback would be appreciated.
Case TS008328003 addresses same; IBM Support Rep reported "there is no mention that the default config file needs to be in the FA installation directory, but it does".
We currently supports 40+ CDFA Services; one reason is so Service can be stopped/started per Application to prevent CDP submission. We are in process of consolidating 40+ into 3 on both Test and Prod Servers; plan is to replace stop/start of Service with disable/enable of Rules which is expected to happen frequently during migration process.
Pursuant IBM High Availability instruction...
Create a common File Agent configuration to be used by all instances. Store the configuration file with the default name Default_Config.ser in the shared work directory or copy it to all local File Agent directories.
Again, there is no mention of requiring Default_Config.ser be in “local File Agent directories” to make changes or having to copy/replace to sync with “the shared work directory” or other "local File Agent directories". I am assuming copy/replace without stopping/starting Service will not cause any issues.
Please allow for update to Default_Config.ser in the shared work directory directly so not to have to copy/replace to snyc.