I'm looking into setting up a failover standby server for my FileMaker setup. I currently have a single server hosted on a computer at a fixed IP address on my network. I can set up another computer as a failover standby; however, clients all connect by IP address to the main server. If it goes out, I can enable the failover, but I'd still have to point all clients to the standby. I can do this if I employ internal DNS to prioritize resolution of the name to the first server then to the second, but this would require I set up a full DNS infrastructure (currently not done). Does FileMaker include options for specifying the failover server for each client? What is the best practice for enabling these standby servers?
I am just starting to set this up for a client.
This is a FileMaker Server 14 feature. Consult the FileMaker Server 14 documentation, Chapter 9. you can find it in the FileMaker Server documentation folder. The documentation is very specific and covers all the requirements and best practice.