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Once Tableau Server is up and running, each individual process will write to its own log file. If you capture a set of log files with the one Backgrounder process showing down, you could see if in fact both Backgrounder node log files are updating or if one is actually stopped.
Can't say for certain but it *might* be the case if the server Tableau Server is running on has dual NIC cards it might be reporting the status in the interface incorrectly (even though the log file might show it actually processing).
Another possible quick way to see if both Backgrounders are running would be to go the the Admin view "Background Tasks for Extracts". Keep thinking in the the newer versions you can filter on the individual Backgrounder processes.