Windows 2003 Server Microsoft Clustering for File and Print

Posted on 2007-08-06
Last Modified: 2010-03-05
How common is it to see Microsoft Clustering utilized for file and print?

Our management would like to know if this is over kill?  
Question by:iCoreKC
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    Clustering is used to prevent a single point of failure. So the question is how much will it cost your company to not have access to network folders and print for 4+ hours.
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    i agree to chuckyh!

    The questions is how much people...
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    OK, thanks for the input, but what I really need to know is how common is it to use a Cluster for file and print.  I am really looking for someone who has seen it implemented and in what environment.

    We have a large pharmaceutical company as a customer that has some extra equipment and were thinking about utilizing this equipment as a FP cluster.  Most of us are sure it is over-engineering, but were wondering how common it is to see clustering on file and print.

    Good KB on clustering.  Just about all you need to know.
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    I feel most big companies which can afford to buy a SAN would would definately go for clustering.We have have implemented windows 2003 file server clustering but not for printing.Its up to you if you want to use for printing you can use, but PDF995 won't work on clustering.
    Most companies also use VMware with SAN, you might think that option as well.
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    More opinions please...

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