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Setup of 2 Node Cluster in Server 2003 std

Hi to the Captain et al
I have 2 identical servers both with Server 2003 std
Server 1 has an e drive with our website, e-commerce, and WebBoard (msde)
Server 2 has an empty e drive
I want to set up a 2 node server cluster so the second computer can function for failover and failback for the first.
The wizard will determine "common resources on the node that can be managed by the cluster."
Does it mean I set up an e drive on server 2 identical to server 1?
If so, what is the best way to accomplish that?
Thank you
Chris
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NetoMeter ScreencastsCommented:
Hi!

As far as I remember you can not cluster W2k3 std server. You need at least enterprise edition.

You can do Network Load Balancing with W2k3 std servers but that does not replace failover and failback.

An option for quick failover could be using DFS integrated with your Domain. The home folder where your website is pointing to should be a DFS share replicated across 2 or more servers. You can set one of them as the master server for the replica and specify the replication policy.
In case your main web server fails you can quickly use another one pointing to the same DFS share.

Another idea which comes to my mind is combining both from the above - Network Load Balancing and using the same DFS share for all the servers participating in the Network Load balancing but I have not tried this and I don't know whether this will work.
Whenever I have a minute I'll try it on a test network and if you are interested I will post the results.

NetoMeter
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DCalabreseAuthor Commented:
Server 2003 std. will cluster. . .new.  Is adding NAS storage the best configuration option? If so, should I start with something compatible like the Dell PowerVault 745?  Then in time add a second PowerVault?  Thank you for your well considered reply.
Chris
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DCalabreseAuthor Commented:
No  The Microsoft Press book  have is wrong. . .I'm uopgrading to Enterprise.  Thanks so much Chris
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NetoMeter ScreencastsCommented:
Well, this link might be helpfull:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/clustering/confclus.mspx#XSLTsection124121120120

Microsoft says that you can use a local hard drive for the Quorum but this is not recommended for production environment, just for testing purposes :)

You need a shared storage for the Quorum and NAS is the cheapes way to go. The Snap servers are very popular:
http://www.snapappliance.com/

NetoMeter

PS: Usually people are unpleasantly surprised when they learn that the CALs which they have for W2k3 server std edition are not valid for the W2k3 enterprise edition and you can not upgrade them. In your case probably you will not need CALs because your customers will access the web server, but if you intend to use it as a file server or application server then the CALs are necessary
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