Join a secondary StorageZones Controller to a StorageZone

To configure a StorageZone for high availability, connect at least two StorageZones Controllers to it. To do that, you must:

  1. Install a primary StorageZones Controller and create a zone (as described in Install StorageZones Controller and create a StorageZone).
  2. Install StorageZones Controller on a second server and join that controller to the same zone.

StorageZones Controllers belonging to the same zone must use the same file share for storage.

In a high availability deployment the secondary servers are independent, fully functioning StorageZones Controllers. The StorageZones control subsystem randomly chooses a StorageZones Controller to handle operation requests, including upload, download, copy, and delete operations.

If the primary server goes offline, you can easily promote a secondary server to primary. You can also demote a server from primary to secondary.

  1. Open a Web browser on the server to be a secondary StorageZones Controller, open http://localhost/configservice/login.aspx and log on.

  2. Click Join existing Zone and select the StorageZone.

  3. Enter the requested information and then click Register.

    For Primary Zone Controller, you can enter just the hostname or IP address, and ShareFile will fill in the full URL. To test a URL, enter it into the browser’s address field. If the URL is correct, a ShareFile banner page appears. For standard zones: If the URL is incorrect and you specified https, verify that you are using valid, trusted public SSL certificates.

  4. If you are using a proxy server for the primary StorageZones Controller, specify the proxy server for the secondary controller, as described in Specify a proxy server for StorageZones.

  5. Restart the IIS server of all zone members.

    A secondary StorageZones Controller inherits the configuration of the primary controller during startup.

Join a secondary StorageZones Controller to a StorageZone