Switching the master server on Windows systems

By default, server 0 (zero) is the master server. The Administration Tool allows you to perform certain administrative tasks (such as creating and deleting users) only when you are connected to the master server. If you want to switch the master to another server, you must set the deployment option masterdatabaseServerID to the other server ID. Here is how:

  1. Start up the IBM BigFix Administration Tool.
  2. Select the Advanced Options tab and click Add.
  3. Type masterDatabaseServerID as the name, and then enter the other server ID as the value.
  4. Click OK.

After the value has successfully replicated to the new server, it become the master server. If a server suffers a failure while it is the master, another server must be made the master server by direct manipulation of the ADMINFIELDS table in the database. The details of this are beyond the scope of this guide, but broadly speaking, you might use a tool like SQL Enterprise Manager to view and alter the ADMINFIELDS table. Set the variable name masterDatabaseServerID to the value you want.