MSSQL 2005 Standard edition clustering Requirements.

I would like to know what operating system version and edition is required in order to install MSSQL MSSQL 2005 Standard edition clustering?

Would that be installed on windows 2003 standard edition?

thanks
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Raja Jegan RConnect With a Mentor SQL Server DBA & ArchitectCommented:
Ok.. Making it more clear

Load Balancing Cluster can be done with SQL Server 2005 Standard edition in Windows 2003 Standard edition as it uses NLB

Failover Clustering cannot be done with SQL Server 2005 Standard edition in Windows 2003 Standard edition as it requires Cluster Service which is not available in Windows 2003 Standard edition.

An reference for this
http://www.vi.net/hosting/database_hosting.html
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Raja Jegan RSQL Server DBA & ArchitectCommented:
SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition supports two nodes of clustering.

Yes.. For enabling Clustering in Windows 2003 Standard edition, steps below

http://www.sql-server-performance.com/articles/clustering/cluster_server_2003_p1.aspx

And then Install SQL Server 2005 Clustering as given below:

http://www.sql-server-performance.com/articles/clustering/cluster_sql_server_2005_p1.aspx
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I don't see on the link where it says SQL server 2005 Standard edition can be installed in windows 2003 standard edition
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Raja Jegan RSQL Server DBA & ArchitectCommented:
FYI, we have several SQL Server 2005 Standard editions installed on Windows 2003 Standard Edition.
No need to worry about that and by following both links, you can successfully set Clustering environment.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I have been requested to provide an official link that says the SQL server 2005 standard edition can be installed in windows 2003 standard edition.
Can you provide the link?
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Microsoft should have the link, but couldn't find one.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I know it's hard to find.
The link you sent me is for SQL2005 standard edition Not in a cluster environment.

That's odd though.....How come Microsoft the owner of the product doesn't have a link for something like "System Requirement for MSSQL 2005 Standard edition in win
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Raja Jegan RSQL Server DBA & ArchitectCommented:
Some links to prove that Clustering is possible in Windows 2003 Standard edition

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc757731(WS.10).aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758523.aspx

Are you referring to Cluster Service or Network Load Balancing (NLB) clusters.
I am referring to NLB clusters in Standard Edition of Windows 2003 and hope you mean Cluster Service.

To make it clear, NLB Clusters are available in Windows 2003 Standard Edition to Support SQL Server Clustering but Cluster Service is not available in Standard Edition.

If you want both NLB Cluster and Cluster Service then you have to go for either Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition or Datacenter Edition.

Hope I clarified you.
If I haven't understood your exact requirements, Kindly clarify more on your exact requirements.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
1- The windows Clustering I am aware of is the one that has for instance 2 Nodes(I mean 2computers)

Windows server is installed on both nodes, and the nodes have 2 NICs, one is attached to the Storage(Caled Private) and one attached to the Network(Called Public). This Clustering provides Fail Over, but not load balancing.

2-Regarding the NLB that I am aware consists of 2 computers with 2 NIC, one is connected  to th network and one connect to another NIC of the other computer. The NLB service configures the Same IP address for both NICs that are attached to each other. In this case it load balance the traffic.

But I was talkin about the first clustering technology. Does it support MSSQL 2005?
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
BTW the second technology, does it use Active/Passive which I doubt it, OR it always uses Active/Active.
Or there is no such thing Active /Passive or Active/Active in NLB.
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Raja Jegan RSQL Server DBA & ArchitectCommented:
NLB is just Network Load Balancing and hence if both two machines are up / Active then Load will be shared across or if any machine is down / Passive Load will be carried over only by the Active machine.

Hope I clarified you out.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
the question was about MSSQL 2005 Standard Edition if it can be installed on windows 2003 Standard edition Clustering Services.
I need a Link that says, yes it can be installed on Windows 2003 Standard edition Clustering services.
In other words, the step #1 I described in the previous post is able to support MSSQL 2005 Standard Edition
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
assuming the link is trustful.....
http://www.vi.net/hosting/database_hosting.html

Excellent Clarification
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