Server Drain, Maintenance, and Auto-Restart

Draining the server provides for graceful shutdown and transition between EFT and HA nodes. Drain mode halts any NEW incoming connections and HA Event Rule activity for all Sites on a specific node. Transfers and events in progress would continue to operate until completion. When in drain mode, the node relinquishes mastership and the master stops delegating events to the drained node. If a certain node/server is expected to restart (e.g., after Windows updates), administrators can preemptively manually drain the node before the expected restart. In this way, all traffic is routed to and kicked off on the other nodes not paused. After the Windows update/maintenance of the node, traffic and event rule activity will resume normally.


To enable drain mode manually

  1. In the EFT administration interface, click File > Drain Server (or the COM API method, ICIServer::DrainServer). A message appears asking if you want to restart the server service after draining.

  2. Click Yes to automatically restart; click No if you want to restart later.


Auto-Drain takes effect automatically when an HA node detects that it is out of sync and a restart is required. The server engages Drain mode (waits for transfers and events to complete) and then automatically restarts the node to regain sync with the cluster.

The administrator can configure the time before drain takes effect, and the time it will allow for transfer and processes to complete, and can disable drain completely, if wanted.

Advanced Registry Key Overrides


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\GlobalSCAPE Inc.\EFT Server 7.4\DrainingTimeoutSecs=900


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\GlobalSCAPE Inc.\EFT Server 7.4\ClusterOutOfSyncHealSecs=30


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\GlobalSCAPE Inc.\EFT Server 7.4\ClusterCoherenceQueueMsmqType=msmq-multicast


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\GlobalSCAPE Inc.\EFT Server 7.4\ClusterCoherenceQueueDetectPrivateIP=autodetect