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By willh ·
My boss wants to develop WSH scripting to:
1. Install all apps on all servers on a large, shared EMC Raid array
2. Capture the registry (etc) for all servers on the EMC
3. Keep an extra plain-vanilla NT server on line
4. In the event of failure, run a script to
a. Shut down the failed machine (if still on line)
b. Graft the failed machine's registry parts from the stash on the EMC onto the spare machine's
c. Reboot the spare machine with the apps, SID, etc of the failed machine

Has anybody ever seen anything like this, either as home-brew (free or paid) or 3rd party? Fully automated or with intervention (preferably with no hands-on, these are remote machines)?

Does anybody have any ideas of how to go about this? Any code snippetts that may apply?

Thanks
Will Harper, MCSE

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by jimkennedy In reply to Has anybody ever....

I used Vinca Standby server to do a similar function under Netware but only for one active and one standby server. I understand they now make an NT version that can handle one standby and multiple active servers.
You may have problems copying registries unless the machines are identical to each other. Along this line you may want to check some unusual hardware and software entries - things like that the registry does not hold an entry for the hardwired NIC address (my Netware experiences show here).
Jim

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by Matt Duggan In reply to Has anybody ever....

Clustering support was included in Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition. It supports only two nodes, but should be able to meet your requirements. It is covered in the following FAQ:

http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/Support/faqs.asp?A=5&B=3

Basically, what you are aiming at doing is going to be unreliable if done through scripts. You can also find a lot of data on it in Technet, under the NT Server Manuals (try searching on NT and Cluster and MSCS).

Hope this helps...

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