Windows 2000 Cluster Server Guidebook : A Guide to Creating and Managing a Cluster

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Overview

Start building Windows 2000 clusters today!

  • Windows 2000 clustering for maximum performance and reliability!
  • Planning, installation, configuration, optimization, and more
  • Clustering SQL Server, Exchange Server, IIS, and eCommerce applications
  • Includes detailed troubleshooting techniques
  • Cluster-aware application development — including sample code on CD-ROM!
  • Choose the best hardware designs for your cluster
  • Walk step-by-step through clustering SQL Server, Exchange Server, and Internet Information Server
  • Implement cluster-aware software on Microsoft Windows 2000 platforms
  • Master the latest Windows load balancing features
  • Troubleshoot the most common Windows 2000 and NT 4 clustering problems

Foreword by Andrew Scoppa
UCI Corporation
Software Technical Training

Microsoft's Windows 2000 Server clustering solutions enable you to dramatically improve the availability, scalability, and manageability of virtually any enterprise or Web system. One book delivers expert guidance for planning, installing, managing and optimizing Windows 2000 clusters: Windows 2000 Cluster Server Guidebook by David Libertone.

Start by reviewing Windows 2000's key clustering concepts and architecture, and the key issues associated with deploying clustering in your enterprise. Walk through building your cluster — understanding key options such as dual-NIC cluster configurations and Fibre Channel-based clusters. Master real-world cluster configuration in database, messaging, Web and eCommerce applications; then, learn how to manage clustering from both theCluster Administrator utility and the command line.

You'll master powerful cluster optimization techniques, including load balancing, failovers, and more. Mr. Libertone even provides detailed coverage of Microsoft's Cluster API and writing cluster-aware software for Windows 2000 environments. If your application needs all the performance and scalability Windows 2000 can muster, you need clustering — and you need Windows 2000 Cluster Server Guidebook.

About the CD-ROM

CD-ROM includes a library of code samples demonstrating how to build cluster-aware Windows 2000 applications.

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Booknews
Provides instructions for building and managing a cluster of independent computers that work together to run a common set of applications. The second edition expands the section on troubleshooting. The CD-ROM contains code samples of cluster- aware Windows 2000 applications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130284693
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 6/6/2000
  • Series: Prentice Hall Microsoft Technology Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author


David Libertone has more than 15 years experience in the computer industry as a data center manager and instructor. In 1992, he was one of the first certified professionals to teach Windows NT (while in its original beta version). He is co-founder and chairperson of the Microsoft Windows Developer User Group, and Senior Systems Engineer for UCI Software technical training, in Woburn, Massachusetts (www.ucitraining.com). His previous books include Windows NT Cluster Server Guidebook and E-Commerce Solutions Using Microsoft Commerce Server 3 (Prentice Hall PTR).
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PREFACE:

Preface

A cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to run a common set of applications and provide the image of a single system to the client and application. The computers are physically connected by cables and programmatically connected by cluster software. Computer clusters have been built and used for decades. In fact, in the mid eighties Dave Libertone managed and taught VAX Cluster technologies for Digital Equipment Corporation and it's customers.

Today, as Web-based applications continue to gain importance, it becomes increasingly necessary to host these applications on a flexible platform that provides scalability, reliability, and availability. Clustering technologies can satisfy these needs, providing a solid infrastructure on which to deploy demanding Web applications with confidence.

Microsoft first designed the Cluster service for the Windows NT Server 4.0 operating system. Dave's first book on the subject, Windows NT Cluster Server Guidebook, was written to deliver expert guidance for planning, installing, managing, troubleshooting and optimizing Windows NT clusters. This book quickly became a bestseller!

Windows 2000 Advanced and Datacenter Servers provide integrated Cluster Services to deliver higher levels of service and availability. Microsoft Cluster Services technology monitors the health of standard applications and services and can automatically recover mission-critical data and applications from many common types of failure. This remarkable new book, written in Dave's highly readable and instructive style, is a straightforward and practical guide for anyone who wants to exploit and learnthese new features to quickly create, manage, and utilize high-availability servers.

About the Book

Several features of Windows 2000 clustering, such as load balancing services designed to enable the even distribution of network traffic across a clustered servers, are introduced early in the book. A step-by-step discussion of Server software installation follows, including a discussion on fiber channel bus, dual NIC configuration, and instructions on how to build a cluster consisting of several computers. A real-world case study of an E-Commerce Web Server demonstrates the implementation of Cluster resources. Detailed sections follow this on implementing Internet Information Server 4.0, SQL Server 7.0, and Exchange Server in a cluster. The remainder of the book contains an expanded section on cluster troubleshooting and detailed information cluster-specific performance issues.

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Table of Contents

1. The Data Processing Dilemma.
Current Potential Solutions. UPS. Disk Redundancy. Transaction Processing. Replication Servers. Multiprocessors. The Requirements. Microsoft Cluster Solutions.

2. What Is a Cluster?
Clustering Solutions. Active/Passive. Active/Active. Cluster Models. Shared Resource Cluster Model. Distributed Lock Manager. Shared Nothing Cluster Model. The Quorum Resource. An Architectural Overview of Microsoft Cluster Software. The Database Manager. The Event Processor. The Node Manager. The Communications Manager. The Global Update Manager. The Resource Manager. Resource Monitors. Virtual Server.

3. Building a Cluster.
Designing a Cluster. Hardware Requirements. Windows 2000 Advanced Server-Hardware Requirements. Windows 2000 Cluster Service Hardware Requirements. Software Requirements. Windows 2000 Advanced Server. Upgrading to Windows 2000 on Cluster Nodes. Overview of Rolling Upgrades. Installing the Cluster Service. Preliminary Steps. Removing the Cluster Service.

4. Implementing Cluster Resources.
Group Objects. Groups Defined. Standard Cluster Groups. Planning Groups. Creating Groups. Working with Groups. Resource Objects. Resources Defined. Standard Cluster Resources. Working with Resources. The Initiate Failure Option. Common Resource Properties. The IP Address Resource. What Is an IP Address Resource? A Short Discussion on TCP/IP. Creating an IP Address Resource. The Cluster IP Address Resource. The Network Name Resource. Network NamesDefined. Creating a Network Name Resource. The File Share Resource. What Is a File Share? Creating Multiple File Shares with One Resource. What Happens During a Failover. The Print Spooler Resource. Print Spooler Resource Defined. Creating a Print Spooler Resource. Configuring Cluster Print Devices. The Generic Service Resource. What Is a Service? Service Resource in Microsoft Cluster Server. Configuring a Generic Service Resource. The Generic Application Resource. Generic Application Resource Defined. Creating a Generic Application Resource. The Physical Disk Resource. The Physical Disk Resource Defined. Creating a Physical Disk Resource. The IIS Server Instance Resource. Creating an IIS Server Instance Resource. The DHCP Server Resource. The Distributed Transaction Coordinator Resource. The Distributed Transaction Coordinator Defined. Resource Managers. Transaction Managers.

5. Cluster Management.
The Cluster Administrator Utility. Cluster Administrator Options. Cluster Object. Cluster Properties. Managing Cluster Nodes. Pause Node. Evict Node. Start/Stop Cluster Service. Managing Cluster Security. Cluster.exe 123 Administrative Tasks. Cluster Backup and Restore. Backing Up Data on the First Cluster Node. Backing Up Data on Remaining Cluster Nodes. Restoring Data on a Server Cluster Node. Performing a Hardware Upgrade. Performing a Software Upgrade.

6. Clustering SQL Server.
SQL Server-Overview. Devices and Databases. Microsoft Cluster Support for SQL Server. Symmetric Virtual Server. Active/Passive Configuration. Active/Active Configuration. Installing SQL Server, Enterprise Edition 6.5. Installing Cluster Support for SQL Server. Pre-Setup Requirements. Cluster Support for SQL Server-Setup. Cluster Support for SQL Server Modifications. Clustering SQL Server 7.0.

7. Clustering Exchange Server.
Exchange Server-Overview. Installing Exchange Server, Enterprise Edition. Pre-Setup Considerations. Setup-Primary Cluster Node. Setup-Secondary Cluster Node. Replacing an Existing Exchange Server. Supporting Exchange Server, Enterprise Edition. Administration-Operational Differences.

8. Network Load Balancing Clusters.
Introduction. Overview of Network Load Balancing Configuration. Database Access from Load-Balanced Server Applications. How Network Load Balancing Works. Distribution of Cluster Traffic. Convergence.

9. Cluster Troubleshooting.
Troubleshooting Tools. Disk Administration. Task Manager. Services Tool. Event Viewer. Net Helpmsg. Net View. Ping Utility. Network Monitor. System Information. Cluster Logging. Sample Cluster Log. Cluster Troubleshooting. Windows 2000 Configuration Checklist. Windows 2000 Procedure Checklist. Installation Problems. SCSI Device Problems. Cluster Member Connectivity Problems. Client-Cluster Connectivity Problems. Group and Resource Failure Problems. General Cluster Issues. Troubleshooting by Resource Type.

10. The Cluster API.
Network Management Functions. CloseClusterNetwork. ClusterNetworkCloseEnum. ClusterNetworkEnum. ClusterNetworkOpenEnum. ClusterNetworkControl. GetClusterNetworkState. OpenClusterNetwork. SetClusterNetworkName. SetClusterNetworkPriorityOrder. Cluster Management Functions. CloseCluster. CloseClusterNotifyPort. ClusterCloseEnum. ClusterEnum. ClusterOpenEnum. ClusterResourceTypeControl. CreateClusterNotifyPort. CreateClusterResourceType. DeleteClusterResourceType. GetClusterInformation. GetClusterNotify. GetClusterQuorumResource. OpenCluster. RegisterClusterNotify. SetClusterName. SetClusterQuorumResource. Resource Group Management Functions. CloseClusterGroup. ClusterGroupCloseEnum. ClusterGroupControl. ClusterGroupEnum. ClusterGroupOpenEnum. CreateClusterGroup. DeleteClusterGroup. GetClusterGroupState. MoveClusterGroup. OfflineClusterGroup. OnlineClusterGroup. OpenClusterGroup. SetClusterGroupName. SetClusterGroupNodeList. Resource Management Functions. AddClusterResourceDependency. AddClusterResourceNode. CanResourceBeDependent. ChangeClusterResourceGroup. CloseClusterResource. ClusterResourceCloseEnum. ClusterResourceControl. ClusterResourceEnum. ClusterResourceOpenEnum. CreateClusterResource. DeleteClusterResource. FailClusterResource. GetClusterResourceNetworkName. GetClusterResourceState. OfflineClusterResource. OnlineClusterResource. OpenClusterResource. RemoveClusterResourceNode. RemoveClusterResourceDependency. SetClusterResourceName. A Sample Application.

APPENDIX A: Resource Dependency Table.
APPENDIX B: System Performance.
Analyzing System Performance. Memory. Performance Monitor. Analyzing Disk Activity. Analyzing Processor Activity. Analyzing Network Activity. Cluster Performance.

Glossary.
Index.
About the CD.
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Preface

PREFACE:

Preface

A cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to run a common set of applications and provide the image of a single system to the client and application. The computers are physically connected by cables and programmatically connected by cluster software. Computer clusters have been built and used for decades. In fact, in the mid eighties Dave Libertone managed and taught VAX Cluster technologies for Digital Equipment Corporation and it's customers.

Today, as Web-based applications continue to gain importance, it becomes increasingly necessary to host these applications on a flexible platform that provides scalability, reliability, and availability. Clustering technologies can satisfy these needs, providing a solid infrastructure on which to deploy demanding Web applications with confidence.

Microsoft first designed the Cluster service for the Windows NT Server 4.0 operating system. Dave's first book on the subject, Windows NT Cluster Server Guidebook, was written to deliver expert guidance for planning, installing, managing, troubleshooting and optimizing Windows NT clusters. This book quickly became a bestseller!

Windows 2000 Advanced and Datacenter Servers provide integrated Cluster Services to deliver higher levels of service and availability. Microsoft Cluster Services technology monitors the health of standard applications and services and can automatically recover mission-critical data and applications from many common types of failure. This remarkable new book, written in Dave's highly readable and instructive style, is a straightforward and practical guide for anyone who wants to exploit andlearnthese new features to quickly create, manage, and utilize high-availability servers.

About the Book

Several features of Windows 2000 clustering, such as load balancing services designed to enable the even distribution of network traffic across a clustered servers, are introduced early in the book. A step-by-step discussion of Server software installation follows, including a discussion on fiber channel bus, dual NIC configuration, and instructions on how to build a cluster consisting of several computers. A real-world case study of an E-Commerce Web Server demonstrates the implementation of Cluster resources. Detailed sections follow this on implementing Internet Information Server 4.0, SQL Server 7.0, and Exchange Server in a cluster. The remainder of the book contains an expanded section on cluster troubleshooting and detailed information cluster-specific performance issues.

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Foreword

A cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to run a common set of applications and provide the image of a single system to the client and application. The computers are physically connected by cables and programmatically connected by cluster software. Computer clusters have been built and used for decades. In fact, in the mid eighties Dave Libertone managed and taught VAX Cluster technologies for Digital Equipment Corporation and it's customers.

Today, as Web-based applications continue to gain importance, it becomes increasingly necessary to host these applications on a flexible platform that provides scalability, reliability, and availability. Clustering technologies can satisfy these needs, providing a solid infrastructure on which to deploy demanding Web applications with confidence.

Microsoft first designed the Cluster service for the Windows NT Server 4.0 operating system. Dave's first book on the subject, Windows NT Cluster Server Guidebook, was written to deliver expert guidance for planning, installing, managing, troubleshooting and optimizing Windows NT clusters. This book quickly became a bestseller!

Windows 2000 Advanced and Datacenter Servers provide integrated Cluster Services to deliver higher levels of service and availability. Microsoft Cluster Services technology monitors the health of standard applications and services and can automatically recover mission-critical data and applications from many common types of failure. This remarkable new book, written in Dave's highly readable and instructive style, is a straightforward and practical guide for anyone who wants to exploit and learn these new features to quickly create,manage, and utilize high-availability servers. About the Book

Several features of Windows 2000 clustering, such as load balancing services designed to enable the even distribution of network traffic across a clustered servers, are introduced early in the book. A step-by-step discussion of Server software installation follows, including a discussion on fiber channel bus, dual NIC configuration, and instructions on how to build a cluster consisting of several computers. A real-world case study of an E-Commerce Web Server demonstrates the implementation of Cluster resources. Detailed sections follow this on implementing Internet Information Server 4.0, SQL Server 7.0, and Exchange Server in a cluster. The remainder of the book contains an expanded section on cluster troubleshooting and detailed information cluster-specific performance issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2000

    This book is no more than a whitepaper

    You can find everything in this book from Microsoft TechNet or KnowledgeBase. It does not contain any configuration or troubleshooting working experience.

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