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How to create multiple instance of Alpha server

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  • #16
    Re: How to create multiple instance of Alpha server

    I made no changes in the settings of either instance that I can think of. One thing I do ALOT is "restart all in this session" so I can actually see and configure the instances of the servers running.
    NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at what was I saying?"


    • #17
      Re: How to create multiple instance of Alpha server

      The config for the alpha server is setup in the settings of the alpha server NOT always up, so you just ask it to load the shortcut to the instance. Each instance of the Alpha server will call it's own config.
      NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at what was I saying?"


      • #18
        Re: How to create multiple instance of Alpha server

        Mine is:
        C:\Program Files (x86)\a5V12 ApplicationServer\A5ApplicationServer.exe


        As you can see, I've moved my config files to a place much more handy. I've also moved the logs into d:\a5v12\a5logs

        I don't know if it is necessary, but I name my config files individually, such as A5V12Config_80.xml for port 80 and A5V12Config_81.xml for port 81. I also give each port it's own session folder, like
        session_folders for 80 and session_folders-81 for port 81. Keeps everything clean and I can see which ports are being heavily used.

        Pat Bremkamp
        MindKicks Consulting


        • #19
          Re: How to create multiple instance of Alpha server

          Thank you all,

          Charles, I see that you are actually running the shortcuts directly, not putting the executable into Always up.

          That worked fine for me.


          • #20
            Re: How to create multiple instance of Alpha server

            Glad I could help, btw I do the same thing as Pat and have my config files named differently as well.
            NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at what was I saying?"


            • #21
              Re: How to create multiple instance of Alpha server

              Originally posted by lgrupido View Post
              You can install the app server multiple times on the same machine (into different directories).

              Each instance must then run in it's own port. (Port 80, 81, 82 etc.)

              When choosing the ports, make sure you aren't conflicting with software that needs to use those ports.

              All instances will use the same email and report settings.

              If you update the app server, you must update each instance separately.

              When connecting to the server, unless you are on port 80 or 443, you must specify the port number you are using ie:


              Or use a load balancer or something to figure out the port for you. (Not my forte - someone else can chime in on that part)
              Hi Larry, i'm wondering if i install the app server multiple times, do i activate it with same license or with a new one ?


              • #22
                Re: How to create multiple instance of Alpha server

                You can install it up to 4 times on the same server and it will automatically use the same activation code. You only have to activate it once in any one of the Alpha server instances.


                • #23
                  Re: How to create multiple instance of Alpha server

                  There is no need to install the Application Server multiple times on the same machine. While you can, it is not a best practice because it significantly complicates upgrades and maintenance.

                  The best option is to use the Application Server for IIS, which makes it quite simple to host multiple applications and sites.

                  The next best option is to install the Application Server just once and then create configuration files for each instance that you need. This is documented at

                  Lenny Forziati
                  Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
                  Alpha Software Corporation