Designing and Deploying Server Clusters

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Server clusters ensure that applications continue to run in the event of planned service downtime due to maintenance or during unplanned downtime due to hardware or network failure. In order to design server clusters, organizations need to understand the applications that they intend to host on a server cluster, namely the best way to deploy and configure the application in a clustering environment, and they also need to know the server cluster’s storage and capacity requirements.

In This Chapter

Overview of the Server Clusters Design Process

Analyzing High-Availability Requirements

Determining How to Deploy Applications

Designing the Support Structure for Server Clusters

Protecting Data from Failure or Disaster

Securing Server Clusters

Deploying Server Clusters

Additional Resources for Server Clusters