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PostgreSQL 9 High Availability Cookbook

By : Shaun Thomas
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PostgreSQL 9 High Availability Cookbook

By: Shaun Thomas

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (17 chapters)
PostgreSQL 9 High Availability Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Exploring the magic of virtual IPs

As we're running a highly available database, we have at least one standby copy available at all times, right? Of course we do. However, after promoting a standby copy to act as a primary, we need to redirect traffic to the new server. How can we do this easily?

One common method is to use a database connection pool. The pool acts as a connection proxy and simply needs each known node to be registered so that it can redirect connections to the proper primary database server. We will eventually discuss this approach, but there's actually a simpler tool available to us that requires no additional software.

Another method is to change DNS to redirect network connections to the new server. The beauty of this technique is that it masquerades the entire access path to the server so that services other than PostgreSQL can access the new server as well. Unfortunately, subdomains are tied to a single IP address. As DBAs, we probably don't have access to most of the...