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Administrating Microsoft Clustering Services (MSCS)


Considerations of Terminal Services on a Server Cluster 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 294926 - This article describes the factors to consider when you install Terminal Services on a server cluster.

Creating Highly Available File and Printer Shares with Windows Cluster Service
Microsoft Online Support site WebCast: Covers the mechanics and administration of creating file and printer shares with Windows Cluster service on Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server 

Developing Cluster-Aware Applications
Applications are linked to the clustering services of Microsoft NT Server, Enterprise Edition via a Microsoft Cluster Server Resource DLL.

Enhanced Disk Resource Private Properties Using Cluster Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 223023 - Windows 2000 includes enhanced disk resource private properties when you are using Cluster Server. Some of these enhancements provide administrators better control over when Chkdsk is run against a cluster disk.

How to Format an Existing Partition on a Shared Cluster Hard Disk
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 257937 - This article describes how to format an existing hard disk or partition on a shared cluster hard disk or partition. You may need to do this if there is NTFS file system damage on a cluster hard disk resource that the chkdsk command cannot repair, or if you want to reformat a partition to start with a known good file system state and known good data.

How to Manually Re-Create the Cluster Service Account
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 269229 - During the installation process for Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS), the specified domain account is granted rights that are necessary for the Cluster service to function correctly. If you ever need to change or re-create the account, you must manually grant these rights back to the domain account that is used to start the Cluster service. 

How to Replace a Disk That Is on a Windows 2000 or a Windows 2003 Server Cluster
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 305793 - This article discusses how to replace a shared hard disk that is on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or a Windows 2000 server cluster.

How to Set the Startup Value for a Resource on a Clustered Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 259243 - By default, when the Cluster service starts or when failover occurs, the Cluster service attempts to bring all groups and resources online. For management or troubleshooting purposes, you may want to prevent a particular group or resource from starting automatically. You can define the state of a group or resource as either offline or online by setting its "persistent state" value in the cluster registry hive. 

How the Cluster Service Takes Ownership of a Disk on the Shared Bus
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article  Q309186 - This article describes some of the small computer system interface (SCSI - commands and the Challenge/Defense protocol that are used to maintain and gain control of the shared disks on a server cluster.

How WINS Functions on a Cluster Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 290880 - This article describes how WINS functions on a cluster server. 

Print Spooler Support on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Cluster
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 228904 - You can use Microsoft Cluster Server to create and host print server functionality. The configuration steps are improved in Windows 2000, compared to how the configuration is performed in Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Enterprise Edition. 

Reparse Point Support in Windows 2000-Based Clusters
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 262797 - Describes the reparse points (also referred to as junction points) that are supported in Windows 2000-based clusters and issues that may result from their use. 

Security Considerations When Implementing Clustered File Shares
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 254219 - This article describes how to administer file share security in Windows 2000 clustering, and to a limited extent Windows NT 4.0 Enterprise Server. 

Support for Multiple Clusters Attached to the Same SAN Device 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 304415 - A single cluster can be qualified and placed on the Microsoft Hardware Compatibility List (HCL - by using Fiber Channel storage interconnects and switch technology, and there are many examples of complete configurations on the HCL. 

Support for a Single Server Cluster That Is Attached to Multiple Storage Area Networks (SANs)
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article This article describes support for a single server cluster that is connected to multiple storage units. Microsoft qualifies a server cluster and includes it on the Microsoft Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) if the cluster uses small computer system interface (SCSI) technology, Fiber Channel technology, and Switched Fabric technology. There are many examples of such complete configurations on the HCL. However, the HCL includes only single configurations that contain a set of cluster nodes with a single storage controller. Storage Area Networks (SANs) that use Switched Fabric technologies offer storage consolidation and storage as a utility. In this type of environment, the storage infrastructure may contain different storage controller devices with different characteristics or guarantees or may increase over time and include storage controllers from various vendors or suppliers..

Technical Overview: Clustering and Windows NT Load Balancing Service (WLBS)
Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Enterprise Edition offers uninterrupted service for mission-critical applications, a reduction in costs and high performance for demanding applications.

The Default Behavior When You Do a Move Group Operation on a Cluster with More Than Two Nodes
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 279802 - This article discusses the default behavior when you use Cluster Administrator to do a Move Group operation on a cluster with more than two nodes. 

Using WINS and DHCP on Microsoft Windows 2000 Clusters: Tuesday, February 29, 2000
Microsoft Support WebCast Focuses on a new feature of clustering in Windows 2000, namely the support of the WINS and DHCP services on a Windows 2000 cluster. The presentation describes how to install and configure these services for use on a Windows 2000 cluster.

Using WINS and DHCP with the Windows 2000 Cluster Service
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 226796 - Windows 2000 support the ability to cluster the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) services. This article describes how to configure WINS and DHCP with Windows Clustering. 

Windows Clustering and Geographically Separate Sites 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 280743 - You can create many geographically-distributed solutions by adding data-replication software and extended Local Area Network (LAN) hardware to existing, already certified configurations. However, these solutions radically change the nature of a pre-certified configuration particularly in respect to timing and latency. Microsoft therefore requires that both the hardware and software configuration of a geographically-dispersed cluster be certified and listed on the cluster Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) before they will be supported by Microsoft. 

Windows 2000 Cluster Nodes as Domain Controllers 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 281662 - The information in this article addresses a situation that you do not generally encounter in most Information Technology architectures. 

Windows 2000 Interoperability Between MSCS and NLB
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 235305 - Network Load Balancing (NLB) has the same feature set as Windows Load Balancing Service (WLBS) in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. It provides the ability to distribute network client load across up to 32 nodes in a cluster. 


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