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Configure high availability

To help you minimize downtime experienced by your users, EZproxy can be configured to run on multiple systems in a High Availability configuration.

High availability configuration requirements

An EZproxy High Availability configuration requires the following components:


  • Two or more EZproxy servers that have separate DNS hostnames and IP addresses (e.g. at and at These are called the peer hostnames.
  • A single DNS hostname that is different from the peer hostnames and is setup using multiple DNS Address (A) records so that it resolves to all of the IP addresses of all of the peer servers (e.g. at and This is called the shared hostname.
  • The peer hostnames and the shared hostname must all be different up to the first period, then must all be identical from the first period to the end (e.g.,, and start with the differing ezp1, ezp2, and shared, but all end identically in
  • All EZproxy servers must be configured to accept their initial connections on the same port.

Configure HAName and HAPeer

The config.txt file for all servers requires a single HAName statement containing just the shared name and an HAPeer statement containing the main http URL for each of the peer servers.


The file for each server should be identical except for their Name statement and Interface statements (if any).

Tips for configuring the HAPeer directive

  • The URL for each HAPeer directive must exactly match the http URL that appears in that server's messages.txt file at startup. For example:
Server http URL
  • The URL for the HAPeer directive cannot be specified using https.
  • If a port appears as part of the URL in messages.txt, it must be included in the HAPeer directive as well.

See the IncludeFile directive for information on how to allow the config.txt files to be identical on all peer servers while including their site-specific information from a separate file.

Starting point URLs

Once everything is configured, set up your Starting point URLs to use the shared hostname. Based on the prior example, a starting point URL might look like:


If you are using SSL on these servers, each server must have its own separate SSL certificate. SSL certificates are purchased under the specific server names (e.g. and, not under the shared name.