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Windows Clustering using 32bit Standard Edition R2

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Hi All,

I have NetApp SAN System that contains all the user files (shared drives), this SAN is connected thru ISCSI to a Windows 2003 32bit R2 Standard edition. The users get access to the files by sharing the directories in the Server.

Now, I am thinking to do clustering between two servers, so if one server is down the other server will automatically access SAN and get the files to the users.
Can I do that with the current version of windows that I have (STD 32bit R2)? Also, can I do clustering as well as DFS at the same time?

Thanks,
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You cant do clustering with Standard Edition - You need Enterprise
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Why don't you use the NetApp to host the shared drives directly rather than having a file server? Even if you need additional license for this it would be less than the price of a couple of servers.
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I understand but the problem here is with the backup, the current version 11d of backupexec does not support CIFS backup of shares!
What does it take to upgrade the servers to Enterprise edition from Standard edition?
any idea?
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You can do an in-place upgrade but that might not be the end of your problems, all of the hardware must be supported for clustering
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You can upgrade,

but applications can stop working.

See following site:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/0e70cdff-23da-4805-a647-f39fea0eaaf61033.mspx?mfr=true

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Backup Exec 11d does allow CIFS backup of shares, it's just disabled from the GUI by default. Tools-options-enable selections of user shares. Also sometimes you have to create default shares with same permissions as Windows would, i.e. C$, Admin$ etc.

Apart from that you could setup DFS but then you would end up replicationg from one server to the other so the data would be stored on the SAN twice.

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You could try a solution like doubletake http://www.doubletake.com/products/
or secondcopy http://www.centered.com/

Its much cheaper than clustering
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then why I should use these softwares not Windows DFS?

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Double take is the nearest thing to clustering you can get without a proper cluster - see http://www.doubletake.com/products/double-take/default.aspx for details.
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