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Cluster failover versus staging evironment strategy...

I want to create a staging (testing) environment for a web server, but i'd also like to use the staging environment as an emergency failover.  It seems like the best way to set up a passive failover server is to set up a cluster, in a Windows Ent 2008 environment.  However, my understanding leads me to believe that both active and passive servers will cluster as one "instance," negating my ability to use the passive server as a test environment.  Is this true?  Does anyone have any recommendations on how to create a staging environment that might also fulfill some emergency failover requirements?
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cuiinc
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HayesJupeCommented:
well, your getting yourself mixed up there.
for web servers, you'll use NLB not clustering. clustering requires passive nodes, nlb doesnt.
having said that, if you want a test environment, setup a test environment! with hyper-V being free, there's really very little to stop you from setting up a test environment with no impact on anything else.
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cuiincAuthor Commented:
correct, but not necessarily helpful.  thanks though.
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