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Clustering in different versions of Server 2003

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It's my understanding that the standard version of server 2003 can do a 2 node cluster, but you need to go up to Enterprise for more than a 2 node.  Is that correct or am I mistaken?

Also, do I need to go to the Enterprise version of Exchange 2003 in order to do any clustering at all?

Thanks!
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You can do a network load balancing cluster with Standard Server.  You CANNOT cluster Exchange without Enterprise or Data Center versions.  Further, you need Exchange Enterprise licenses to cluster exchange
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Man... I spent forever trying to find a product comparison like that... thanks for the link.

What's the difference between Load Balancing Clusters and Server clusters (assuming there is something less obvious than the name).
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Server clusters essentially result in one server remaining idle while the other does all the work - in the event that one fails, the idle server takes over - a "fail-over cluster"

A load balanced cluster is generally trying to spread the requests for information over two systems - this is generally done with IIS.
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