Subject Re: [ib-support] IBGuard
Author Paul Reeves
Daniel Bertin wrote:
> Hi all
> I've installed FB 1.0, final for windows on my system(win2000), the install
> asked use guardian service? Install IBserver as a standalone service?
> Install IBserver using the guardian service?
> Why do I choose one over the other?
> I chose the 2nd one for my Win2000 machine?
> Can Someone enlighten me on the differences?

The guardian is a service that watches the server service. If the server
service dies the the guardian restarts it. This is useful in situations
where Firebird is running in an environment where users do not have
admin rights to the server.

The downside of the guardian is that the restart is silent. If the
server has crashed you may not be aware of it. For this reason not
running the guardian is often preferable. When users can't connect they
will complain and the dba can get to look at the log to see what the
problem was. In some cases the problem can indicate potential data
corruption. Carrying on as if nothing has happened may work, but it may
also compound the problem with the consequence that the next backup may
fail and data may be lost.

So, if possible, choose to run standalone.


Paul Reeves
taking InterBase further