There’s nothing worse than trying to configure a new service and being unsure about the consequences of making certain choices for a particular parameter—especially when the wrong choice can lead to server instability or even make a service unusable or a server unbootable.

For example, take the Microsoft Cluster Service in Windows 2000. You definitely don’t want to start setting up MSCS until you’ve done some homework. And you’ll need to understand a lot of specialized terminology before you can make sense of the concepts in the documentation or start configuring parameters.

To assist administrators who are new to the Cluster Service understand key concepts and be prepared to start a new configuration, we’ve put together a Windows clustering glossary as a free download.

Additional reading
The following articles will also help you get started with the Cluster Service: