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Autosupport SMTP server Configuring - one hostname returns many addresses

Hi,

 

I have configured my autosupport SMTP Mail Host to use "smtphost" which is what the email team told me to use.

 

When I type nslookup smtphost I get a list of eight IP addresses returned, each belongs to a different server and the servers are split across 2 sites. I imagine this is a common setup in a large company. One or two of these servers seem to be less reliable than the others. I sometimes get that wacky FTP: weird server reply but the autosupport will go eventually. I suppose on the retry it will get a good SMTP server.

 

I don't want to use a list of IP addresses for the SMTP Mail Host because they might change.

 

Can I do this?

 

autosupport modify -node * -mail-hosts smtphost,smtphost,smtphost,smtphost,smtphost

Will that result in five lookups and 5 IP addresses being passed into the autosupport process allowing it to find a working server faster?

 

Would that work for NTP as well if the NTPHOST returned a list also?

 

Thanks,

 

Richard

 

Re: Autosupport SMTP server Configuring - one hostname returns many addresses

Hi Richard,

 

You sure brought up a brain-teaser…

 

After some discussion with colleagues, listing the mailhost name multiple times in the AutoSupport configuration might speed things up, if:

  1. DNS resolution round-robins multiple SMTP server IP addresses
  2. The connection errors out immediately (e.g. 421 Service Not Available)

 

This is because an immediate connection failure results in the AutoSupport daemon moving on to the next configured SMTP server entry, immediately.  Otherwise, the AutoSupport retry logic kicks in, where (by default) retries are attempted every 4 minutes, 15 times.