000030492 - Explanation of the Authentication Manager 8.1 failover.dat file

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Article Number000030492
Applies ToRSA Product Set: SecurID
RSA Product/Service Type: Authentication Manager
RSA Version/Condition: 8.1
IssueWhen creating a new sdconf.rec in the Authentication Manager 8.1 Security Console (Access > Authentication Agents > Generate Configuration File > Generate Config File > Download Now to save the AM_Config.zip), the zip file contains two files, an sdconf.rec file and a failover.dat file.  
This article explains the failover.dat file.

ResolutionIn order for the authentication agent device to communicate with the Authentication Manager server, an agent record must be created in the Security Console under  Access > Authentication Agents > Add New then generate the configuration files (Access > Authentication Agents > Generate Configuration File > Generate Config File)
The failover.dat file allows agent auto-registration to complete when the primary instance is unavailable or separated from the agent host by a firewall that uses Network Address Translation (NAT).  The file includes a list of the primary and replica instances, and their alias IP addresses.