The SettingSection contains parameters that globally apply to all monitored components. Entries for email are mandatory since the Failover Manager is designed to send email to administrators when changes occur in the monitored systems.

The email parameters are:

  • MailSender

  • MailRecipient

  • MailServer (the name of SMTP server to which email messages are sent)

  • MailLevel—Controls the amount of email notifications that the Failover Manager sends. Possible values are:

    • ALL—All messages. This is the default value.

    • ERROR—Error messages only.

    • NONE—Disable all messages.

      The other parameters listed in this section are optional. If they are not specified, Failover Manager uses their default values.

  • TransferCmd—Provides the path to the scp executable. For Linux, the default is "/usr/bin/scp".

  • RemoteLogin—Provides the path to the ssh executable. For Linux, the default is "/usr/bin/ssh".

  • FailoverRetries—Is the maximum number of retries after an unsuccessfully attempt. The default is: 5

  • FailoverRetryInterval—Is the time between a failed failover and the next attempt to retry. The default is: 300 seconds

  • BackupInterval—Is the interval at which the current active configuration or data will be propagated to the Standby component. Some configuration changes may need additional steps (for example, restarting the Domain Manager, loading a configuration file through sm_tpmgr, and so on) to be fully picked up by the secondary component. The default is: 1800 seconds

    VMware recommends that VMware Smart Assurance administrators make every attempt to keep the Active and Standby components synchronized and, if necessary, apply manual commands to both components.

    If BackupInterval is set below 1800 seconds, the Failover Manager prints an error in the Domain Manager log file and uses a default value of 1800 seconds.


    If the component is running a discovery or saving the repository, the action of backing up the repository (RPS) file will be skipped.

  • StrictSitemod—Indicates strict validation of the paths of SM_SITEMOD and SM_WRITEABLE directories for copying the failover files from the Active to Standby component. The default is: true

    For more information on StrictSitemod, refer to “Periodic Backup” on page 57.

  • User—Defines the username that is used in remote access operations, such as scp, if different than the user that started the Failover Manager. The value is the non-root account to be used by Failover Manager for passwordless communication (for example, smartsusr ). The default is: " "