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Using Member Groups

vFabric GemFire allows you to organize your distributed system members into logical member groups.

The use of member groups in vFabric GemFire is optional. The benefit of using member groups is the ability to coordinate certain operations on members based on logical group membership. For example, by defining and using member groups you can:

You define group names in the groups property of your member's file.

Note: Any roles defined in the currently existing roles GemFire property will now be considered a group. If you wish to add membership roles to your distributed system, you should add them as member groups in the groups property. The roles property has been deprecated in favor of using the groups property.

To add a member to a group, add the name of a member group to the file of the member prior to startup or you can startup a member in gfsh and pass in the --group argument at startup time.

A single member can belong to more than one group.

Member groups can also be used to organize members from either a client's perspective or from a peer member's perspective. See Organizing Peers into Logical Member Groups and Organizing Servers Into Logical Member Groups for more information. On the client side, you can supply the member group name when configuring a client's connection pool. Use the <pool server-group> element in the client's cache.xml.