Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 Deployment Planning Guide

Node Agents

A node agent is a lightweight process that runs on every machine that hosts server instances, including the machine that hosts the DAS. The node agent:

Each physical host must have at least one node agent for each domain to which the host belongs. If a physical host has instances from more than one domain, then it needs a node agent for each domain. There is no advantage of having more than one node agent per domain on a host, though it is allowed.

Because a node agent starts and stops server instances, it must always be running. Therefore, it is started when the operating system boots up. On Solaris and other Unix platforms, the node agent can be started by the inetd process. On Windows, the node agent can be made a Windows service.

For more information on node agents, see Chapter 7, Configuring Node Agents, in Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 High Availability Administration Guide.