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Application Center Server is part of Microsoft's emerging .NET strategy. It provides scalability and high availability for web applications running on Windows 2000. 
Where to Start....

Microsoft Application Center Server Home Page
Microsoft's Home Page for Application Center 2000.  

TechNet Technology Center for Application Server Home Page
The section of Microsoft's site geared for tech's. Has some slightly more useful information than the official page.

Application Center Product Documentation - Online
Visit the TechNet Web site to find the same Application Center documentation on-line.

Application Center Resource Kit - Online
Find the entire Resource Kit online here and learn how to deploy, administer, and design Application Center solutions.

Application Center Architecture
Chapter 3 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Learn about the architecture and the key underlying technologies that support the feature set in Application Center.


Feature Overview
Chapter 2 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Provides an overview of Application Center 2000 and examines the customer requirements that influenced its design. Following this, the product feature set is presented, which will illustrate how Application Center addresses the server farm scalability and management issues that are identified in Chapter 1, referenced above.

Microsoft Application Center 2000 Component Load Balancing Technology Overview
Application Center allows multi-tiered clusters to be built that can use various load balancing techniques. This paper describes Component Load Balancing, a way to provide failsafe, scalable, load-balanced activation of COM+ components installed on a separate cluster of servers.

Scaling Business Web Sites with Application Center 2000
Chapter 1 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Provides an overview of Application Center 2000 and examines the customer requirements that influenced its design. Following this, the product feature set is presented, which will illustrate how Application Center addresses the server farm scalability and management issues that are identified in Chapter 1, referenced above.

Understanding Microsoft Application Center 2000
A very well done introduction and review of Application Center Server Source: Windows 2000 Advantage.


Application Center Product Documentation - Downloadable
Visit the Application Center Product Documentation page and download the entire help file to have searchable, indexed help for Application Center on your desktop.

Application Center 2000 Service Pack 1
Install Application Center 2000 SP1 on all of your Application Center servers.

Download Updated Application Center Resource Kit
Get the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit, the premier guide to deploying, managing, optimizing, and troubleshooting Application Center 2000.

Download the Application Center 2000 Trial Software
Download the 120-day trial software for Application Center and see for yourself how it can help you improve Web site performance, guarantee uptime, and simplify management.

Managing a Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server Cluster with Application Center
Use Application Center to manage two or more servers that are configured with the Standard Edition of ISA Server. Source: Microsoft (March 2002)

Cluster Services
Chapter 4 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Use the basic clustering services in Application Center for basic cluster creation and administration tasks, such as setup and configuration.

Load Balancing
Chapter 5 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Get an inside look at the events and processes that occur when you use either Microsoft Windows© 2000 Network Load Balancing or Application Center Component Load Balancing.

Synchronization and Deployment
Chapter 6 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Keep cluster configuration settings and content synchronized and deployed by using these features, and by following the setup and configuration tips.

Chapter 7 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Understand how Application Center interacts with operating system tools such as Windows 2000 Event Viewer. Learn how to use the unique, single-console view of a cluster and its members.

Creating Clusters and Deploying Applications
Chapter 8 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Deploy applications to both the Web and component tiers by creating single-tier and multi-tier clusters and creating and using a stager.

Working with Monitors and Events
Chapter 9 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Meet your monitoring needs by using the Application Center 2000 event and health monitoring features and creating custom monitors.

Working with Performance Counters
Chapter 10 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Understand the impact of tuning and capacity planning on performance, follow guidelines for testing and tuning, and learn how to work with and create Application Center performance counters.

Working with the Command-Line Tool and Scripts
Chapter 11 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Manage clusters and work with applications and components by using Windows Scripting Host and command-line tools to automate a variety of cluster administrative tasks.

Security for Administrators and Developers
Chapter 12 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Learn the key elements you should consider when securing an Application Center 2000 cluster and its applications.

Third-Party Load Balancer Support
Chapter 13 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Integrate several tested third-party load balancers with Application Center 2000.

Application Center Interoperability
Chapter 14 from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Read about the products that were extensively tested in the Application Center 2000 cluster environment, the interoperability testing for each product, and guidelines for setup and configuration.

Blueprint for Building Web Sites by Using the Windows DNA Platform
Appendix A from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Use Microsoft technologies such as Windows DNA to build the infrastructure for a scalable, available, secure, and manageable site in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible.

Network Load Balancing Technical Overview
Appendix B from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Study the key features of Network Load Balancing, and explores its internal architecture and performance characteristics in detail.

The Art and Science of Web Server Tuning with Internet Information Services 5.0
Appendix C from the Application Center 2000 Resource Kit. Explore the importance of monitoring and testing©plus potential hardware, software, and tools issues©involved in maintaining Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 on Windows 2000 Server.

Running Custom Actions with Health Monitor
Learn how to customize and extend common operations using custom actions associated with Health Monitor monitors and Application Center 2000. Read this white paper to get the details.

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Technical Articles
Application Center 2000 and Active Directory
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 226242 -
Application Center 2000 does not require use of an active directory. Application Center 2000 can be used to cluster WinDNA applications that use the Active Directory technique themselves, but Application Center 2000 does not currently utilize Active Directory

Application Center 2000 Resource Kit Chapter 14: Application Center Interoperability
This chapter provides information about the products that have been extensively tested in Microsoft Application Center 2000 (Application Center) cluster environment. A summary of the interoperability testing that was done with each product, as well as setup and configuration guidelines are provided. Source:

Best Practices for Phased Deployment Using Application Center 2000
After an application has been successfully deployed and is in production on Application Center 2000 clusters, its content will eventually need to be updated. Content availability on the Web is a priority, and content updates on production servers should occur with minimal loss of server capacity. When newly-deployed content contains problems or errors, there must be a way to roll back the new content and revert to the last known good version without any loss of consistency or server uptime. This white paper addresses issues directly related to the phased deployment and rollback of content using Application Center

Component Load Balancing Technology Overview
Component Load Balancing (CLB) is a technology for building distributed solutions. Key advantages such as security, scalability, ease of setup, and load balancing make it a valuable tool. This technology overview describes Application Center CLB.

How Does Application Center 2000 Create the Initial Set of Applications
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 266217 - This article describes how Application Center 2000 determines the initial set of applications that are set up the first time that you create a cluster controller

How to install Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 on an Application Server 2000 Cluster
This article provides the recommended procedure for installing Windows 2000 Service Pack (SP) 2 on Application Center 2000 clusters

Introduction to the Command-Line Tool for Application Center 2000
With knowledge of the new Command-Line Tool in Application Center 2000, administrators can create scripts that do everything from configure clusters to manage load-balancing solutions.

Application Center 2000 and Microsoft Cluster Service
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 263163 - Application Center 2000 is not intended to be used to manage Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS) clusters, and such use is not supported.

Application Center Cluster Members Must Have Two Network Cards When Used With NLB
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 262926 - All Application Center 2000 cluster members in a cluster that is using network load balancing (NLB) should have two network cards.

Windows NT User and Group Accounts Created and Used by Application Center 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 262678 - This article provides information about the Microsoft Windows NT user and group accounts that are created and used by Microsoft Application Center 2000

HOWTO: Set the Application Center Back End Network Interface Card List Explicitly
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 262217 - When you add a member to a cluster or create a cluster controller, Application Center determines which network interface cards (NICs) are for the "back plane" network

HOW TO: Move MSDE$MSAC to a Different Location
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 323144 - This step-by-step article explains how to move the Microsoft Application Center named instance of the MSDE database that is installed with Application Center 2000. NOTE : You must install Microsoft Application Center 2000 before you can

Application Center Cluster Status Heartbeat
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 262143 - This article describe the cluster heartbeat implemented by Application Center 2000 and how it relates to the "Alive/Dead" and "Online/Offline" status of each cluster member

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