Highly Available Documentation

If you are interested in High Availability / Failover Clustering (and really, who isn't?) then this is the post you've been waiting for... Three new topics have been added to our TechNet documenation library.

1) Configuring Windows HCP Server 2008 R2 for High Availability for the Head Node : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hpc_cluster_head_node_failover_cluster(WS.10).aspx

This guide provides procedures and guidance for deploying Windows® HPC Server 2008 R2 where the head node is configured in a failover cluster. The failover cluster will contain two servers that work together, so if the server that is acting as the head node fails, the other server in the failover cluster automatically begins acting as the head node (in a process known as failover). Even if an outage occurs on a server, existing jobs can continue to run and new jobs can be submitted.

2) Configuring Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 for High Availability with SOA Applications : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hpc_cluster_failover_cluster_for_soa(WS.10).aspx

This guide provides procedures and guidance for deploying Windows® HPC Server 2008 R2 with Windows Server® 2008 R2 in a configuration designed for high availability for applications based on service-oriented architecture (SOA). For this configuration, you configure the head node (specifically, a set of head node services) in a two-server failover cluster, so that the head node can run on either of the two servers. Then you can configure one or more Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) broker nodes (specifically, the HPCBroker application) in one or more separate failover clusters.

3) Migrating a Failover Cluster Running Windows HPC Server 2008 to Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg252516(WS.10).aspx

This guide describes the process of migrating a failover cluster that supports the head node of a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster. You start the migration with a failover cluster that contains two servers running Windows Server® 2008, preferably with the latest service packs and software updates, and Windows® HPC Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 (SP2).

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