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

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Requirements and Planning

Before you attempt to implement any form of clustering, you need to clearly understand the business reason for doing so. You also need to be aware of the costs and benefits of the implementation, as well as the resource requirements for a successful implementation. Treat the implementation of a Windows Server 2008 cluster as you would any other major project. Clearly state the business case for the cluster, and obtain a commitment from all levels before you expend substantial resources on the project.

Identifying and Addressing Goals

The first step in planning your cluster is to identify your goals for the implementation and the needs that using clusters will meet. This sounds obvious, but it is actually the part of the ...

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