SBS 2003 in a cluster
Posted on 2008-06-15
I have a client with a server running SBS 2003 premium with 8 client PCs which has recently played up, causing a few days disruption to the business. We are considering methods of mimimising this risk in future, I thought of running another server in a cluster to have an automatic failover.
I have a few questions:
Can you use SBS 2003 to create a cluster?
Do you have to buy additional software?
Do both servers in the cluster need to be identical?
Do I have to set up external file storage?
Is there a better option using some other method?
Obviously this is a small firm so the IT budget is not enormous.
They also have 2 offices, currently both running from the same server, the second office only has 1 user and is about 100 yds up the road, they have an external WiFi link between the 2 which works OK but the speed is poor. Ideally I'd like to put the second server in the second office to improve performance for that user but I don't know if this is feasible.
Any help or suggestions to an alternative solution would be much appreciated.