Clustering Windows Server: A Road Map for Enterprise by Gary Mauler

By Gary Mauler

An IT decision-maker's street map to making scalable and trustworthy home windows 2000 clustered systems.Clustering home windows 2000 explains what a cluster is and what it's not. It explains the suggestions and know-how from the point of view of Microsoft's home windows kin of working platforms. Mauler and Beebe completely discover the severe interplay and integration of cutting-edge desktop with those working platforms and likewise with third-party layered ideas. even though, greater than educating expertise, the booklet offers a distinct framework during which readers can evaluation their agencies' personal clustering wishes. the hot Cluster Configuration MatrixC awarded right here permits them to verify the application of the various clustering items and ideas given their businesses' particular necessities for prime availability. Clustering home windows 2000 permits IT execs to create a powerful clustering technique that could develop with their companies' wishes and accommodate ongoing advancements in clustering know-how. This special ebook is for everybody from approach designers to IT managers who need a reliable realizing of the optimum items and applied sciences they could use in developing "clusters" of desktops to aid actually enterprise-caliber courses. Demystifies home windows clustering from either a and software program viewpointDefines clustering terminology and ideas from a vendor-neutral perspectiveProvides a matrix for comparing the multitude of cluster know-how choices

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Page 9 But what about something that would allow enhancement or future revision? This leads to a third level of hierarchy in our cluster system definition—the cluster attribute. 4 Cluster attributes Cluster attributes add features or functions that, while desirable, do not directly contribute to clustering by our definition. An example of this is cluster management software. Since a cluster comprises more than one server, it would be convenient to have the cluster management tools available wherever the cluster manager is located.

When you think of the code that gets installed on a server these days and where it comes from, it gets a little scary. The question that our book attempts to answer is how can you best protect your company from the many potholes along the road of support that threaten your information systems' availability and reliability. Windows NT/2000 Server is a maturing operating system. To put the reasons for lower inherent availability into perspective, consider the version numbers of operating systems such as commercial UNIX, OpenVMS, 1.

The cluster provides a system configuration, which maintains user-perceived availability during subsystem downtime. Some computer system designers use redundancy in their attempts to provide availability. The amount of redundancy used is usually in directly proportion to their level of paranoia. Common examples of redundancy include redundant servers, redundant networks, and redundant storage subsystems. " Redundant networks can be expensive, but they are necessary when network downtime is not tolerable.

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