Configure a Floating Host Name for the CommServe or MediaAgent Software

A floating host name is a virtual host name that you use to install your CommServe or MediaAgent software. All the clients and MediaAgents communicate with the CommServe host using the floating host name.

Using a floating host name provides the following benefits:

  • Eliminates the need to redirect all clients and MediaAgents after moving the CommServe to a new host.

  • Minimizes the downtime for failover operations.

A floating host name is useful in the following scenarios:

  • Upgrading the hardware of your CommServe or MediaAgent

  • Setting up a standby CommServe host for disaster recovery failover

  • Separating the CommServe component from a CommServe-MediaAgent host

There are multiple ways to define a floating host name. For example, you can update the host file on the computer or use custom scripts to update the DNS server.