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Using a Server Cluster

You can configure Reflection for Secure IT to run in a Microsoft cluster environment. The Microsoft cluster service helps ensure that client users have continuous access to your server, even if one computer within the cluster becomes unavailable.

To run in a cluster, you install the Reflection for Secure IT server on multiple nodes, and create a cluster group. This group defines shared resources that can be used by any node in the group. For Reflection for Secure IT, these shared resources include the Reflection for Secure IT service, a shared disk, the server IP address, and the server name. At any given time, only one node has ownership of the shared resources. If that node fails, the Reflection for Secure IT server is started on a different node and that node takes over the shared resources.

MSCS Cluster diagram

In the cluster above, if the Reflection for Secure IT service fails on Node 1, Node 2 acquires the shared resources and the Reflection for Secure IT service is started on the new node. At this point, Node 1 no longer has access to resources within the group. The Reflection for Secure IT server continues to run using the same configuration, so no change is apparent to clients establishing a new connection.

Note: Active client sessions are disconnected when a failover occurs. These clients need to initiate a new session.

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Configure a Reflection for Secure IT Cluster