Engineers may find the process of building and configuring a cluster to be complex and that they can implement many variations of the pattern. Although DBAs may not always need to build a cluster themselves, they do need to be comfortable with the technology and often need to provide their input into the process. They may also take part in troubleshooting issues discovered with the cluster.
For these reasons, this chapter begins by looking at how to build a cluster at the Windows level and discusses some of the possible configurations. We then demonstrate how to build an AlwaysOn failover cluster instance (FCI). ...