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I am part of a team moving our web sites and web applications over to two new servers implementing Windows 2003 Clustering Services.  We are doing a failover cluster where one of the nodes takes over if the other fails.  Two of our web sites use Frontpage Server Extensions.  The Frontpage Server Extensions are installed on each node.  All of our websites are on the G: drive that is connected to both machines via a private network.  Each website has a virtual IP.  To move the IIS metadata over we use the exportiis.vbs script and the appropriate importing methods.  I can connect to the Frontpage Website using Frontpage 2003 and connecting to the virtual network name (the one that maps to the currently running node), meaning that the computer object for the virtual name has been put in Active Directory.  I can also connect to the other site using Frontpage 2003 that only has a Resource Type of IP Address and doesn't use a Network Name Resource.  Does anyone know how to move the Frontpage User account data over from one node to the other in a similar fashion to exporting and importing the IIS metabase (so that data is current on the other node in the event of a failover), or if this is even possible?  I am confused on this whole issue.  Any information or links that you can provide would be helpful.  This link says Server Exetensions are not supported: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;281314  .  But then this link seems to say that you can use a Frontpage website: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324320 .  I haven't been able to find much of anything on the web.  Any help is appreciated.
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The first link is the, well, "correct" one for you; the second one is just refering to a web page where the content is stored on a clustered share (and not the fp extensions clustered).
Running web pages on a server cluster is usually a waste of resources and money (unless you have a server cluster anyway). You're usually better off clustering web pages using Network Load Balancing; NLB is available even on Server 2003 Web Edition.
Check if this works out for you:

Network Load Balancing: Configuration Best Practices for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/clustering/nlbbp.mspx

Network Load Balancing Frequently Asked Questions
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/clustering/nlbfaq.mspx

Using Clustering for a Highly Available Web Site: An Example
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/clustering/scenep2.mspx

Network Load Balancing clusters
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/microsoft_WLBS.asp

Best practices
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/NLB_best_practices.asp
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