From server clustering to network load balancing, learn about the latest Windows Server 2003 high availability solutions.
| Tutorials Article Published January 24, 2008
Message Queuing has become a popular option to ensure reliability. Because it uses a queue-based infrastructure, which provides message store and delivery mechanism as well as other features, applications stay up -- even when the target or intermediary systems are not.
| Tutorials Article Published December 6, 2007
In the quest for increased reliability and integrity, transactions, a sequence of related tasks that constitute a unit of work and pass the ACID test, make a fine complement to server clustering.
| Tutorials Article Published November 8, 2007
Server clustering technology delivers high availability and makes much functionality possible, but its implementation carries with it a great deal of complexity. Generic Service, Generic Application and Generic Script are resources that can help.
| Tutorials Article Published October 11, 2007
Deploying a clustered implementation of Network File System shares is a complex process. Getting a handle on the basics is critical.
| Tutorials Article Published September 6, 2007
We conclude our discussion of resource types with a look at clustered implementations of Network File System and how it relates to Windows Services for Unix.
| Tutorials Article Published July 6, 2007
We continue our coverage of file-sharing-related features by zooming in on volume mount points and volume shadow copies on Windows 2003 server based clusters.
| Tutorials Article Published May 30, 2007
File Share resource delivers high availability by providing access over a network to portions of server disk volumes designated for sharing. Although ideal for some situations, it has limitations.
| Tutorials Article Published April 26, 2007
This installment of the series focuses on designing clustered virtual servers, groups and resources. We define each of these and then look at their types and respective characteristics.
| Tutorials Article Published March 8, 2007
VMware's virtualization software may work in Windows environments, but deploying Microsoft's virtualization software removes any potential issues when it comes to support for operating-system-related problems.
| Tutorials Article Published January 25, 2007
VMware server is one way to emulate Windows 2003 clusters. Where does the technology fit best, and what are the rudiments of setting up clustered virtual systems on a single physical server?
| Tutorials Article Published December 7, 2006
Server clustering is becoming more economical, but it's not always the most cost-effective option. For development, testing and training, virtualization is often the way to go. Microsoft and VMware dominate in this space.
| Tutorials Article Published September 8, 2006
iSCSI delivers the benefits of direct-attached SCSI and Fibre Channel SANs while avoiding their biggest drawbacks. This article examines the general principles of iSCSI storage and describes its clustering characteristics on Windows 2003 Server.
| Tutorials Article Published July 13, 2006
The importance of disk storage stems from its role in the server clustering architecture. The next few articles will review cluster-specific requirements and explore technologies that satisfy them. We begin with SCSI.
| Tutorials Article Published June 1, 2006
We return to server clustering, this time looking at inter-node communication, specifically, Quorum. Quorum is at the heart of the three main server clustering models: Single Shared Quorum, Single Local Quorum, and Majority Node Set Quorum.
| Tutorials Article Published April 19, 2006
We kick off a new series dedicated to Windows Server 2003 high availability solutions with a look at server clustering.