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Windows 2008 Clustering information

I need to setup a windows 2008 enterprise server with fail over clustering.  There are a few question I have I hoping to find some help.
   We have 2 like servers (do we need windows lic for each box)
   WHen we load the clustering software, do you load it on both, or just he primary server?
   Can you use NAS drives for the disk farm
   Can you have the primary box be the ADC controller (fsmo roles)? Will this transfter the failover server if the primary drops
    Do you need multiple nic cards in the server?
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tigermattCommented:

>> We have 2 like servers (do we need windows lic for each box)

Yes. A Server 2008 Enterprise Edition license is required for each server.

>> WHen we load the clustering software, do you load it on both, or just he primary server?

For a Microsoft cluster, it must be configured on each server. Other third-party clustering software may vary, and you need to refer to its release notes for details specific to any third-party product you purchase.

>> Can you use NAS drives for the disk farm

Ideally not. If you wanted to store data using externally-mounted storage, use a network-attached SAN drive and then iSCSI software on the server. This presents the SAN to the server as a local, not a network, disk, which makes it much easier to manage.

>> Can you have the primary box be the ADC controller (fsmo roles)? Will this transfter the failover server if the primary drops

You should not cluster ANY server which is a Domain Controller. Active Directory has built-in failover and resilience which is achieved simply by promoting two non-clustered servers as Domain Controllers, even on Server 2008 Standard machines. Clustering should be reserved for use with products such as Exchange, SQL Server, File/Printer sharing and so on.

>> Do you need multiple nic cards in the server?

A cluster, in general, requires a NIC to the main network, and another NIC for a reserved, private network which is used solely for communication between servers which are members of the server.

-Matt
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aluciasAuthor Commented:
those answer help, I got one more question,

Can you run a virtual server, that will host terminal services on a cluster, and will that fail over if you do?
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tigermattCommented:

Terminal Services can be installed on a cluster, but will not be subject to the usual clustering features and automated failover. The cluster and the TS roles will not even recognise each other. You would need to use something like Network Load Balancing (NLB) to achieve this, see http://www.msterminalservices.org/articles/Load-Balancing-Terminal-Services-Part1.html.

-Matt
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