Microsoft Cluster for File Server Cluster

Posted on 2007-10-21
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Do I need Windows Server 2003 Enterprise to install a Microsoft File Server Cluster?
I know that I need Enterprise Edition for a SQL Cluster, but what about just a File Server Cluster?
Question by:cliffordgormley
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    Expert Comment

    The Microsoft Cluster Services come only with W2k3 Enterprise Edition; so, yes, "just" a cluster with share resources requires EE as well.
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    Expert Comment

    For ANY cluster you need Windows Enterprise Edition (ot DataCentre Edition).
    If the cluster is hosting a server application like SQL or Exchnage then you need the Enterprise version of the Application as well.

    Author Comment

    This brings up two questions:
    1. Why does Cluster Administrator appear in Administration Tools on Windows Server 2003 Std. then.
    2. KCTS, are you sure that I need SQL Enterprise to run a SQL Cluster?  I just bought SQL Server 2005 Std Edition from Dell, as they said it would support a SQL Cluster as long as the O/S was Enterprise Edition?
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    Accepted Solution

    1. Because this is just the administration tool; the same way you can have the WINS console on an XP workstation.

    2. It's not a given that you need the Enterprise version of an application you want to cluster.
    With SQL server 2000, you in fact needed the Enterprise edition if you wanted to run it on a cluster. SQL Server 2005 can be installed on two nodes of a cluster in the standard version. You only need the Enterprise edition of SQL 2005 if you want to have an SQL cluster consisting of more than two nodes.

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