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AE v9: "Distributed load" host group for tasks starting simultaneously

Question asked by JessicaIsaacson603938 on Apr 14, 2015
Latest reply on Apr 20, 2015 by Mark_Hadler_430
I've got an agent group with 12 hosts in it. I've got 10 jobs that need to start at (nearly) the same time. I want them to run on 10 different hosts. If any one host goes down, I want the job to choose one of the two idle hosts and seamlessly run on it.

I tried "distributed load" and "next" setups for the host group, but in either case, the jobs all choose the same host.

I tried adding  :WAIT commands to each task's pre-process to stagger their start times (all tasks generate at runtime);  same result (only one host gets assigned all 10 jobs). 

I found that staggering the tasks with a pre-condition (re-evaluate in X minutes) will do the trick, but I don't want it to take 10 minutes to start my 10 jobs.

Is there any elegant way to actually load balance in a host group?