If the Failover Manager Master agent crashes or the node fails, a Standby agent will detect the failure and (if appropriate) initiate a failover (see Figure 8.3).If an agent detects that the Master agent has left, all agents attempt to connect directly to the Master database. If any agent can connect to the database, an agent sends a notification about the failure of the Master agent. If no agent can connect, the agents attempt to ping the virtual IP address to determine if it has been released.If no agent can reach the virtual IP address or the database server, Failover Manager starts the failover process. The Standby agent on the most up-to-date node runs a fencing script (if applicable), promotes the Standby database to Master database, and assigns the virtual IP address to the Standby node; if applicable, the agent runs a post-promotion script. Any additional Standby nodes are configured to replicate from the new master unless auto.reconfigure is set to false.If this scenario has occurred because the master has been isolated from network, the Master agent will detect the isolation and release the virtual IP address and create the recovery.conf file. Failover Manager will perform the previously listed steps on the remaining nodes of the cluster.