Recovering from a Failure on the Active Database

This section describes how to perform a failover to the standby database after a failure on the active database or server. This includes how to rebuild the previous active database from a standby database.

This tutorial uses the pre-defined DSNs repdb1_1122 and repdb2_1122 shipped with TimesTen 11.2.2. The hostnames of the two machines are tthost1 and tthost2. repdb1_1122 was the active database on tthost1, and in this section, repdb2_1122 on tthost2 will be converted to become the new active database.

1. Stop the replication agent on the failed active database
  1. Stop the replication agent on the failed database, if it has not already been stopped.

    Log in to server 1 (tthost1) as the instance administrator, and use the ttAdmin utility to stop replication agent on repdb1_1122.

    ttadmin -repstop repdb1_1122

2. Set the state of the standby database to active
  1. Using ttIsql, connect to the database repdb2_1122 on tthost2 as the replication administrator adm.


    connect "dsn=repdb2_1122;uid=adm";

  2. Use the built-in procedure ttRepStateSet to designate the current database as the new active database in the active standby pair. Afterwards, verify the current replication state by calling the built-in procedure ttRepStateGet.

    call ttrepstateset('active');
    call ttrepstateget;

    Once the database has entered the active state, it has been converted to an active database. Applications that were previously connected to the failed database can now be diverted to the new active database. See the section on Replication failover and recovery for more information.

3. Mark the previous active database as failed
  1. Still logged in as adm in tthost2, use the procedure ttRepStateSave to register the former active database as failed.

    call ttrepstatesave ('failed','repdb1_1122','tthost1');

4. Destroy the failed database
  1. Log in as the instance administrator on server 1 (tthost1), use the ttDestroy utility to remove the failed database repdb1_1122.

    ttdestroy repdb1_1122

5. Duplicate the new active database to create a new standby database
  1. Use the utility ttRepAdmin to create the standby database by duplicating from the new active database.

    ttrepadmin -duplicate -from repdb2_1122 -host "tthost2" -uid adm -pwd adm "dsn=repdb1_1122"

6. Start the Replication Agent on the Standby Database
  1. Using ttIsql, connect to repdb1_1122 as the replication administrator adm. Call the built-in procedure ttRepStart to start the replication agent.


    connect "dsn=repdb1_1122;uid=adm";

    call ttrepstart;

  2. Verify that the standby database has entered the standby state by using the ttRepStateGet built-in procedure.

    call ttrepstateget;

    Once the old active (now new standby) database has entered the "standby" state, the configuration of an active standby pair is completed. Changes to the data in the new active database will be automatically replicated to the new standby database.

For more information about Recovering from a Failure on the Active Database refer to the documentation here