Share database domains between clusters on AIX

To help provide redundancy and failover support in production environments composed of multiple clusters, you can share database domains between those clusters. WebSphere Portal data is organized into different database domains, with different availability requirements depending on how the production environment is set up. When multiple lines of production are involved and each line of production is implemented as a cluster of servers, sharing database domains ensures that the data is automatically synchronized across the lines of production.

JCR domains and release domains cannot be shared between different Web Content Management clusters or servers. Each distinct cluster or server in your Web Content Management system must use a separate JCR or release domain.

For example:

Development Server Authoring Cluster Staging Server Delivery Cluster
JCR Domain 1 JCR Domain 2 JCR Domain 3 JCR Domain 4
Release Domain 1 Release Domain 2 Release Domain 3 Release Domain 4

To share database domains when setting up an environment with multiple clusters:

  1. Set up the first cluster (referred to as Cluster A in these instructions).

  2. Determine which database domains you want to share with any other clusters in the environment.

  3. Install the primary node of the next cluster (Cluster B), and perform the following steps to configure the node to use the shared database domains.

    1. Perform a partial database transfer of the database domains that you are not sharing.

      For example, if you are sharing only the Customization and Community domains, you would transfer the remaining domains to the database you are using for Cluster B.

    2. Reconfigure the shared database domains on the node to connect to the shared database domains you are using for Cluster A.

      For example, to connect to the Customization and Community domains for Cluster A, you would connect to those domains from Cluster B.

  4. Continue setting up the primary node as described in the cluster instructions.

  5. Install the secondary node of Cluster B, and perform the following steps to configure the node to use the shared database domains.

    1. For those database domains that you are not sharing between clusters, reconfigure the domains to connect to the database domains you are using for Cluster B.

      As in the example for the primary node, if you are sharing only the Customization and Community domains, reconfigure the remaining domains on the secondary node to use the domains of the primary node for Cluster B.

    2. Reconfigure the shared database domains on the node to connect to the shared database domains you are using for Cluster A.

      For example, to connect to the Customization and Community domains for Cluster A, you would connect to those domains from Cluster B.

  6. Continue setting up the secondary node as described in the cluster instructions.


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