I have set up a basic failover process within Amazon Route53 where they conduct a health check and if they're unhappy with the results, they reroute requests to a secondary server. According to my access logs, it appears that this check occurs roughly once a second.

According to:


It looks like each datacenter and DNS server does a check every 30 seconds. I'm assuming these checks are staggered, round-robin fashion, hence the illusion of a check every second.

Is there a way to adjust this so that we only get one "ping" say every 15 or 30 seconds?

  • Are the health checks actually causing a problem? Jun 10, 2013 at 17:41
  • At the present time, no but we want to make sure we're not missing something obvious in the setup. Jun 10, 2013 at 17:53
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    I probably wouldn't worry about it. The faster a bad node goes out of service, or a good node comes into service, the better. Jun 10, 2013 at 17:54

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You can't.

Below follows the AWS Console and AWS API that you have available. As you can see, there is no way to configure a higher rate and AWS warns you that configuring the standard 30 seconds intervals results in one request for each 2-3 seconds.

However, as noted by Michael's comment, The faster a bad node goes out of service, or a good node comes into service, the better as long this do not causes issues.

And if you have any issue to handle one ping request for each 2-3 seconds, your application have much greater problems.

AWS Console:

AWS Console



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