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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Cluster Scenarios

In deciding whether and how to implement clustering, you first need to understand what problem is being solved and how best to solve it using the available technologies. Then you can make a business case for the particular solution or combination of solutions that best solves the particular problem. This section describes various scenarios and the type of clustering appropriate for each.

Web Server

An intranet or Internet Web server is a prime candidate for an NLB cluster. By enabling an NLB cluster across multiple servers, you provide your Web site with both redundancy and increased capacity. If a server fails, the load is distributed transparently among the remaining servers.

Each Web server in the cluster runs its own IIS service ...

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