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What 's the cluster server? How can work?
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Clustering is when you logically group 2 or more physical servers into one.  This is used for fault tolerance and load balancing.  MS cluster server (MSCS) on NT 4 only can support up to 2 nodes (2 physical servers).  However, Win2k Data Center server can support up to 4 nodes.  
When you create a cluster, you can have one node active and the another node standing by.  When the active node fails, the standby node automatically picks up.  
I'm not going into the details of Clustering and High Availability -- you should read about it or take a class. However, here are the basics that you'll need to get MSCS going:
-- 2 servers
-- 2 NIC's for each server. 1 for network and another for the heartbeat (connecting privately between the nodes).
-- a shared storage with a quorum partition.


good luck.
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preferable with the 2 NIC's that you use for the heartbeat that you use a GIGABIT NIC for better reliablility and also easier to make sure you do not cross up in the network.  This will greatly enhance the effectiveness of this project. As Matt has already said he has give you the basics and it is quite complicated to get into.
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There is some information on Clustering on the following link, but I don't think they're in much details. But this should get you started and get familiarised with the terms. For more technical details and advanced configurations, you should take "matt023"'s advice and take a training course.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/technologies/clustering/default.asp
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