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Easiest way for clustering a bunch of servers?

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 So, I have a bunch of proliant in a rack and I wanted to make them work as a cluster, but I'm having a little trouble to find the quickest route since I'm no expert in this matter. They all have windows 2003 installed.

 Any Ideas?

Thanks!
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by:yelbaglf
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What type of clustering are you looking for?  Are you just wanting something like NLB or network load balancing?  What function will the servers be providing to end-users?
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I'm basically going to be deploying a highly resource demanding application accompanied by MS SQL Server 2008 just so clients can access the server via terminal service and use it.
I'm not really sure which would be best for me.
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I would start with MS clustering as it is really easy and you're new to this world.
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That sounds like our setup, but ours is running in VMware.  Either way physical or virtual, Terminal Services coupled with NLB works really well for this.

Here's a guide:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc759510(WS.10).aspx

Here's a quick KB about setup:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323437

It's not as complex as it might seem at first glance, that is if this is your first time setting up NLB.  Read through the guide, and let me know if you have any questions.  

Just some background about our environment...

We used this to access MS SQL 2008, which is on our SAN, through 2003 terminal servers.  We have since upgraded to 2008 RDSH servers, and we are still using NLB, which works great for our purpose.
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by:D_Vante
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take a look here
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189134.aspx

you can also look at the barracuda devices
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Thanks for the help, that works just fine.
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