Hi, forum: I have the log-shipping part down part, but need help w/the failover. Obviously, its a manual failover, but what are some best practice/real world solutions for automating this as much as possible. Specifically, re-connecting the clients to the sql server. 1)If, side A goes down, and its IP is no longer available, how can I use an alias to have it reconnect? Does this require each client to have the SQL Server client util installed? 2) Is just renaming the secondary server a feasible option, what is impact of changing that (sysservers)? Any other suggestions and ideas are welcome. Many thanks!