FileMaker Server standby server failover for clients?

Discussion created by tkessler45 on Mar 1, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 1, 2016 by PSI

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?