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File agent high availability run GUI cdfa -C from a single Default_Config.ser copy in shared workspace

Instead of maintaining multiple local copies of Default_Config.ser, could a parm be added to cdfa -C to direct GUI to use a single copy in the shared directory. Similar to the cdfa -w parameter.

  • Guest
  • Feb 10 2022
  • Planned for future release
What is your industry? Banking
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Reduce overhead for file agent rule updates to the Default_Config.ser which then needs to be copied across to all local copies.

  • Admin
    Chris Sanders commented
    28 Apr 03:58am

    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.


    Chris Sanders

    Connect:Direct Product Manager

  • Guest commented
    17 Feb 08:26pm

    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.

  • Guest commented
    11 Feb 01:08pm

    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.

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