Active\Active Support in Windows 2000 Adv Server using MSCS on Compaq DL380 G3 Packaged Cluster ?

I have DL380 G3 Packaged Cluster running Windows 2000 Advanced server and MS Cluster Services.

Want to use Node 1 for SQL DB and Node 2 for Application (COM+) with Node 2 being failover for SQL DB and Node 1 for Application - apparently this is deemed "Active/Active" (?)even though we do not intend to run 2 copies of either at same time.

Compaq support this config for active/active but I have heard on grapevine that Microsoft (using MSCS as built into Win2k Adv Server) do not (Active\Passive only)...problem is I can't find anything on website to see official statement to that effect.

More specifically, I need to know:-

1. Does Microsoft support Active\Active using MS Cluster Services on Compaq DL380 G3 Packages Cluster ?
2. Does Compaq/HP support Active\Active using MS Cluster Services on Compaq DL380 G3 Packages Cluster ?

Thanks

Tom
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jbailey01Commented:
this setup is considered active/active because both nodes are running applications that have the ability to failover to one another

Answers to your questions, being a former Compaq/HP Consultant:

1.YES
2.YES
billyemooreCommented:
I am running about 12 A/A Clusters Compaq/HP Proliant and some of them are packaged clusters.
Make 100% sure you are running the latest ROMPAQ on all your devices, we lost an exchange DB because we were at a low patch level.

BUT
1 YES
2 YES

For SQL - WE setup a Single default instance on the 1st cluster and use the shared drives for the data, and then setup a named instance on the second node.

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tomhassAuthor Commented:
I'm going to accept these answers anyway but just want to clarify some issues (I'll add more point to question before accepting to make it fair...or use a dummy question to allocate points if EE doesn't allow points modify to question):-

1. For SQL cluster:-

a. Billy suggests separate SQL instance on 2nd node...is this necessary/pre-requistite ?
b. Do you need a separate db and/or disk resource for 2nd node instance ? (if yes then how do you synchronise ?)

2. For COM+/SQL:-

a. I have seen some (vague) references to needing separate disk physical resource for differing apps (e.g. 1 x RAID-1 pair on shared for SQL (or 2 x RAID-1 pair if ans to 1a is yes) and 1 x RAID-1 pair for COM+ - can anyone elaborate/confim/deny ?
b. I have seen article about COM+ Clustering but it seemed to indicate use of Network Load Balancing rather than clustering - can you use either for COM+ ?
c. Following on from the above, we may want to use simple Active/Passive for SQL and NLB for COM+ - is it acceptable to mix and match these technologies on the same servers ?

3. Deployment

a. Have used PQ Deploy Center in the past (and Ghost a little bit) to deploy mainly PCs - although have used for servers - what is best way/best practice to deploy several clusters (each on different domain) ? Options as I see them:-

i) Just image of plain OS and manually do rest
ii) Image of servers after cluster service installed/configured (not sure of issue this will present upon restore of image)
iii) Image of servers after cluster service AND applications installed/configured

...more options ?

Please comment.

Thanks in advance

TomHass
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