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

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

by David Libertone, Dave Libertone
 
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

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.

Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130284693
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
06/06/2000
Series:
Prentice Hall Microsoft Technology Series
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.03(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.99(d)

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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.

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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