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A brief tour of the Windows Server 2008's Failover Cluster Management MMC

A brief tour of the Windows Server 2008's Failover Cluster Management MMC

Although all editions of Windows Server 2008 include Network Load Balancing, only the Enterprise Edition and Datacenter Edition include failover clustering capabilities to achieve higher levels of availability. A cluster allows you to establish high availability for general services or for specific applications. The tool included with Windows Server 2008 that enables you to create and manage clusters is the Failover Cluster Management tool. Here's how you do some common tasks with it. Here's what it looks like.

Run the Failover Cluster Management console by going to Start | Administrative Tools | Failover Cluster Management. On first execution, you will get a screen like the one shown here that does yet have any clustered servers configured.

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