Cluster Services

Probably the most important feature of Windows 2000 AS—the one that truly makes it an enterprise-class operating system—is Microsoft Cluster Services (MSCS). This is the feature that provides the availability and reliability that your enterprise will demand.

Reliability and availability are two of the characteristics that are inherent in enterprise computing. When your systems are reliable and available, you are able to minimize downtime. It has been estimated that system downtime costs U.S. businesses as much as $4 billion annually. Clustering minimizes system downtime by allowing you to create systems that continue to run, even in the event of a system failure.

MSCS allows you to create a cluster of two computers, referred ...

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