To specify whether the Application Server tries to reconnect to the primary broker if the connection is lost, set the reconnect-enabled attribute in the JMS service. To specify the number of retries and the time between retries, set the reconnect-attempts and reconnect-interval-in-seconds attributes, respectively.
If reconnection is enabled and the primary broker goes down, the Application Server tries to reconnect to another broker in the AddressList. The AddressList is updated whenever a JMS host configuration changes. The logic for scanning is decided by two JMS service attributes, addresslist-behavior and addresslist-iterations.
You can override these settings using JMS connection factory settings. For details, see Chapter 4, Configuring Java Message Service Resources, in Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 Administration Guide.
The Sun Java System Message Queue software transparently transfers the load to another broker when the failover occurs. JMS semantics are maintained during failover.