failover vs. load-balancing?

Glenn Satchell Glenn.Satchell at
Tue Dec 18 13:53:19 UTC 2007

>Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 20:52:43 -0600
>From: "O S" <atxnomad at>
>To: dhcp-users at
>Subject: failover vs. load-balancing?
>We're planning on moving to a new version of the ISC dhcp server (3.1.0) and
>have considered implementing either failover or load-balancing.  I've done
>some reading and while I have an idea of the differences between the two, I
>have no experience running them in production.  Right now we have one dhcp
>server with a second holding copies of all configs and leases.  Why might I
>choose failover over load-balancing or balancing vs. failover?  Seems that
>with a beefy enough box, I could run a simpler setup with just using
>Thoughts?  Suggestions?  Recommendations?

These were my thoughts on a similar topic about 18 months ago.

There were a few other post with the same subject, so searching the
archives for "failover or vrrp" will give a few other ideas.


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