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Windows 2000 Clustering and Load Balancing Handbook, 1st edition

  • Joseph M. Lamb

Published by Prentice Hall (November 12th 2001) - Copyright © 2002

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Overview

The definitive, hands-on guide to Windows 2000 clustering!

  • Microsoft clustering: hands on, step by step!
  • Planning, deployment, and administration
  • Supporting DNS, Active Directory, and other network services
  • Clustering SQL Server 2000, Exchange Server 2000, file/print, IIS, and more
  • Managing clusters with Application Center 2000

Building robust, high-performance clustered systems with Microsoft technology? There's no room for error: too much is riding on your data and your applications. Get the one book that delivers authoritative guidance from the standpoint of real, hands-on implementers: Windows 2000 Clustering and Load Balancing Handbook.

Regardless of your application, or how much (or little) clustering experience you have, this book's specific, tested techniques will support you every step of the way — through design, construction, and day-to-day administration. Coverage includes:

  • Failover clustering, load-balance clustering, distributed systems clustering, and component load balancing
  • Maximizing fault tolerance, performance, flexibility, and scalability
  • Integrating cluster servers with DNS, WINS, Active Directory, and other network services
  • Clustering SQL Server 2000, Exchange Server 2000, Windows 2000 file/print shares, Internet Information Server, and more
  • Managing clusters with Application Center 2000

This is Microsoft clustering hands on: step-by-step directions; practical optimization techniques; and solutions for the challenges, applications, and software environments you're most likely to face. If you're deploying or supporting a Windows cluster enterprise, this book is simply indispensable.

Table of contents



Preface.


Acknowledgments.


1. Climbing the Mountain: 24/7 Data Access.

Fault Tolerance. Performance. Scalability. Reliability. Designing Reliable Data Access. Summary.



2. What is a Cluster?

Cluster History. Clustering for Fault Tolerance. Cluster Types. Cluster Models. Windows 2000 Clustering. Summary.



3. Clustering Design Issues.

Cluster Server Planning. Hardware Requirements. Software Requirements. Placement Considerations. Network Services. Design Samples. Summary.



4. Building a Failover Cluster.

Resource Configuration. Hardware Configuration. Operating System Install. Network Configuration. -Configuring the Shared Disk Array. Clustering Software Install. Testing the Installation. Managing the Failover Cluster.



5. Building a Load-Balanced Cluster.

How Does It Work? Preplanning. Operating System Install. Configuring NLB. -Configuring Internet Information Server. Testing the Installation. -Managing a Network Load-Balanced Cluster. Summary.



6. Microsoft Application Center 2000.

Product Overview. Product Features. Installing AC 2000. -Component Load Balancing: Three-Tiered Clusters. Managing AC 2000.



7. Clustering Microsoft SQL Server.

Overview of SQL Clustering. Designing an SQL Cluster. -Installing SQL Server 2000 on a Cluster. -Managing an SQL Server Cluster. Summary.



8. Clustering Exchange Server 2000.

-Overview of Exchange Server Clustering. -Designing an Exchange Server 2000 Cluster. -Installing Exchange Server 2000. -Managing Exchange Server 2000.



9. Clustering Internet Information Server.

IIS Overview. Clustering the WWW Service. Clustering the FTP Service. Clustering the SMTP Service. Summary.



10. Clustering File and Print Services.

Introduction. Clustering File Shares. Clustering DFS. Clustering Print Shares. Summary.



Index.

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