Server Clusters : Architecture Overview
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 Architecture
Cluster Service Components
Global Update Manager
Eventlog Replication Manager
Non-Cluster Service Components
Majority Node Set Quorums
Cluster Formation and Operation
Creating a Cluster
Forming a Cluster
Joining a Cluster
Leaving a Cluster
Detecting Node Failures
Detecting Resource Failures
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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...
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