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By Engr ·
I want to buy to identical Win2000 Advanced servers and apply clustring on them by myself. Where can i find installation documents and Softeware(MSCS program)needed ...?

Is it better to do clustering that way, or should I buy a ready cluster solution.

your help is appreciated

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Microsoft Cluster Server

Try the Clustering Technologies section of the Microsoft web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/technologies/clustering/default.asp
(please remove any spaces)

There are several articles and white papers on clustering.

hope this helps

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by timwalsh In reply to Microsoft Cluster Server

Microsoft Cluster Service is included as a component of Advanced Server. It is installed in the same manner as any other optional component by choosing "Add/Remove Windows Components" in the "Add/Remove Programs" applet in Control Panel.

There is a great wealth of information on clustering (to include many checklists) included in the Help application included with Win2K Advanced Server.

FYI, the actual installation of MSCS is almost a no-brainer. The heavy thought comes in the area of design and configuration of your cluster environment (i.e. what you want it to do). I would suggest you do your homework (search Technet - many how-to articles, read reference books - find 1 or 2 that seem to cover the areas that interest/concern you, search Help included with Advanced Server - you don't need to implement cluster service while installing Win2K, etc.) before stating out. I continuously re-remind myself (the hard way usually), that time spend in preparation on the front end is more than compensated for by fewer problems on the back end.

As to the do-it-yourself vs. buy ready made question, consider the following:

A ready-made solution will probably get you up and running quicker for a price. HOWEVER, while the VAR will be creating the solution to your specifications (which assumes you totally understand clustering and what it will do for you), you won't have any insight as to what other options are available within the service or how to modify your configurationat a later time.

If you do-it-yourself, you will be intimately aware of how MSCS works, available options, configuration process, consequences of mistakes (i.e. what makes it tick). HOWEVER, you MAY need the luxury of time (lots of it), depending on your familiarity with Win2k and the concept of clustering.

Hope this helps.

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by Engr In reply to Microsoft Cluster Server

I would like to thank you for your detaild answer.

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