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Deploying cPanel: Some noob questions.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by lshaw, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. lshaw

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    Greetings.

    We have been working a plan to deploy a pair of cPanel/WHM servers. Our intension is to have one a production cPanel server, and the other a redundant back-up for the first and, hopefully, a secondary(slave) DNS host server to the first.

    They are identical Dell 1950 Quad Core Xeons, running FC5.

    We have spent the last 2 weeks configuring WHM and cPanel on the production server, and we are getting pretty comfortable with it. Right now we're trying to nail down how to handle the relationship between the production server, and it's redundant back-up. I have a series of questions to that end. Up front, I apologize if any/all of this have simple answers that I would have discovered myself had I spent some more time reading. But, I am getting pressured to get this 'show on the road' now, and I appreciate any help any of you can offer.

    What is the best way to approach replication of the production server onto the secondary back-up server?

    - Looking at the back-up configuration section of WHM I don't see any remote back-up options besides FTP. Are there any cpaddons that one of you could recommend to accomplish this, or other included scripts to help with complete file system replication on another server? Or am I just thinking about this the wrong way? Does anyone have any suggestions for replication, or another way to ensure speedy recovery of the production server's cpanel installation (including services, configuration, accounts, and everything that goes with it) on the back-up server?

    - As I mentioned before, we are also hoping to have the back-up server serve as a secondary DNS host server. Does the back-up server need to have cPanel operating on it to make this happen in a way that cPanel will be 'happy' with it? Or can I just configure the trust relationship manually within BIND? My concern is that doing it manually, without the proper cPanel 'support' it will come back to bite me if/when we need to deploy the back-up server as the production server.

    -Does the back-up server need it's own license if it is to only serve as a cPanel back-up, and secondary DNS host server?

    Well, I think that gets the jist across of what we are looking to do. I apologize if I'm long winded, and I further apologize if any/all of these are 'noob' questions.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
     
  2. cPanelDavidG

    cPanelDavidG Technical Product Specialist

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    If you (or anyone else interested) can drop us an email to sales@cpanel.net - I'll be glad to discuss this with you in private :).
     
  3. lshaw

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    I had thought about that, David. Your response to the one e-mail I sent was timely and informative, and I appreciated it.

    I posted this here to A) 'test the waters' of the community for future reference and B) I wasn't sure sales was the right place ask these sorts of technical questions.

    But since you've made the invitation, e-mail incoming. :D

    Thanks.
     
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