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Advanced Server cluster alias in single Alpha cluster

by on ‎06-25-2012 07:31 AM


Wondered if it was really necessary to define an Advanced Server cluster alias in a VMS cluster that has only 1 Alpha.

We have a 4 node (3 Vax and 1 Alpha) cluster. Pathworks (of any flavor) is *not* running on any of the VAXen.

Since Advanced Server will not run on VAXen, why bother with the alias.


The alias name is required (you can't remove it) in a cluster - even a single-node cluster - because the entire cluster is considered a single domain entity. The name of the machine/computer account created when in a cluster, will be the same as the alias name.

Having an alias name shouldn't present any issues...