I have 25 users that connect to a Windows 2003 Standard Server, over RDP (Terminal Services).   Is Microsft Clustering my only option to provide high availability?

Posted on 2009-12-21
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In the event the server dies, what options do I have for high availability?   Clusterting under 2003 Enterprise version?  

I'd like a low cost solution if possible.
Thank you.
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Don't use failover clustering for a TS.
Use NLB for load balancing between two (or more) servers. To keep down costs, NLB is available in Standard Edition

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NLB sounds good.   What should I do to get the two servers identical in data then?  
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If you mean profile data, configure users to have roaming TS profiles stored on common file server share.
Installation of applications like Office etc nead to be done on each node.

Re-connection to disconnected sessions on same node can't be guaranteed when not joining the nodes to Session Directory available for nodes running Enterprise Edition. If upgrading the TS-nodes to Windows Server 2008, the sequel replacement of Session Directory (Session Broker in 2008, Connection Broker in 2008R2) will be available for nodes running Standard Edition.

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