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how to create a mirrored server and switch over on one server failing windows server 2003 with sql server 2005 installed

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Hi,

I have 2 windows 2003 server with sql server 2005 installed. I am trying to find out some information on how to mirror the two servers together in realtime and when the primary server fails the secondary kicks in.

I would appreciate your advice.

Best Regards
Lee
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Database mirroring is a good (and cheaper) alternative to clustering for SQL server - see http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/dbmirror.mspx and http://searchsqlserver.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid87_gci1199004,00.html for good "getting started" guides
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Hi,

Sorry I forgot to mention that the server has IIS 6 with an asp script that is used by multiple users so we want to mirror iis6 and all the users accounts hence I think it would be good if we can completly mirror the servers if possible.

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Lee
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If you want to mirror all aspects of the server then a cluster is your only option.
Your servers need to be running Windows Enterprise Edition with the necessary supported hardware - it not cheap - but it is effective - start at http://www.sql-server-performance.com/articles/clustering/cluster_sql_server_2005_p1.aspx
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Hi,

Does sound expensive but im afraid I can only have windows 2003 standard. Is there any other ways or suggestions how I can accomplish this.

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Lee
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Not really if you want to have complete server redundancy. SQL Mirroring and/or Log Shipping can provide an option to maintian high availibility of SQL but not other services.

The only other option I can think of is a product like doubletake - have a look and see if this will work for you http://www.doubletake.com/products/
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