I'm planning on setting up an active/passive two node MS cluster in a lab environment. So far I have got some directions to perform the basic configuration. I'm planning on installing both Exchange 2003 & SQL 2005 on this cluster. I do understand that I need a SAN or some sort of shared storage such as SCSI storage to properly implement this. Lets assume that I have met all hardware and software requirements. My plan is to utilize both servers at the same time. There are two questions regarding Microsoft clusters,
1. Is it possible to have Node-1 active with Exchange and node-2 active with MS SQL in this cluster? E.g. let say that node-1 goes down, then node 2 take over the Exchange tasks or If node-2 goes down, then SQL tasks will be transferred to node-1. If there are any special requirements to achieve this, what are they?
2. Is it possible to setup either an Exchange or MS SQL active/passive cluster between a dedicated hardware server and virtual machine (VM) running on a virtualized environment? If there are any special requirements to achieve this, what are they?