For Windows Server 2003
Published: March 2003
Server clusters are one of two Microsoft( Windows( clustering technologies available for the Microsoft Windows Server family of products. Windows Server 2003 clusters provide failover support for back-end applications and services that require high availability and data integrity. These back-end applications include enterprise applications such as database, file server, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and messaging systems. This white paper focuses on the architecture and features of the cluster service and describes its terminology, concepts, design goals, key components, and planned future directions.
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Server Cluster Architecture12
Cluster Service Components12
Global Update Manager17
Eventlog Replication Manager17
Non-Cluster Service Components18
Majority Node Set Quorums22
Cluster Formation and Operation27
Creating a Cluster27
Forming a Cluster27
Joining a Cluster28
Leaving a Cluster28
Detecting Node Failures30
Detecting Resource Failures30
For More Information33
First designed for the Microsoft Windows NT® Server 4.0 operating system, server clusters are substantially enhanced in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, and Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, operating systems. With server clusters you can connect multiple servers...