There can be situations when a Controller Cluster should be converted to act as a Standalone Controller:
- In case of an architecture decision to continue with a Standalone Controller.
- In case of severe loss of journal data, for example if journals of both one of the Controller instances and of the Cluster Watch Agent have not been consistently written to disk or are not available after a server crash or file system crash.
Converting a Controller Cluster to a Standalone Controller offers to re-instate the Cluster at any later point in time, see JS7 - How to convert a Standalone Controller to a Controller Cluster.
Converting the Controller Cluster
Stopping the Controller Cluster
As a prerequisite both active and standby Controller instances have to be terminated.
Reverting the Controller Journal
Users decide which Controller instance should become the Standalone Controller to continue operations.
- In most situations this will be the previously active Controller instance.
- Users should remove the journal of the Controller instance that is no longer in use. More precisely users should remove the contents of the unused Controller instance's
statefolder. This measure prevents a situation when later on the unused Controller instance will be started by chance and will invite the Standalone Controller instance to re-establish the cluster.
Reverting the journal of the Controller instance that should be used as a Standalone Controller is performed with the following command:
- Running the above script will remove any cluster related items from the Controller instance's journal.
- This allows the Controller instance to be started as a Standalone Controller.
- Standalone Controllers
- do not connect to a Cluster Watch Agent,
- do not connect nor can be connected to/from a second Controller instance acting in a standby role.
Configuring the Standalone Controller
The Controller's administrative menu is invoked from the JOC Cockpit user interface as follows:
From the list of Controllers displayed users select the "Edit" action menu item for the respective Controller:
When editing the Controller configuration the following popup window is displayed:
The Standalone and Cluster radio buttons determine the Controller type. Users modify the Controller type to Standalone and enter the URL of the Controller instance that should be used as a Standalone Controller like this:
At the point in time when submitting the changes the Controller will not be started. Therefore the Test Connection button cannot be used.
Starting the Standalone Controller
With the Controller type being modified to Standalone, users can start the Standalone Controller from the command line like this:
- JS7 - Controller Configuration Items
- JS7 - Controller - Command Line Operation
- JS7 - Agent Command Line Operation
- JS7 - How to convert a Standalone Controller to a Controller Cluster