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Server Clustering

Hi ,

Can i cluster a windows server 2003 R2 with a Windows server 2008 standard R2!

any step by step notes!

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duellist35
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Lester_ClaytonCommented:
Clustering of the two is not supported.  Cluster Services in Windows 2008 is a lot different than Cluster Services in Windows 2003.

Sorry! :(
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duellist35Author Commented:
What im suppose to now.

Shall i look into cluster my dc with another windows 2003 server!
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Lester_ClaytonCommented:
You wouldn't Cluster a Domain Controller anyway.  You would create one domain controller, and then promote the other server to be another domain controller in the same domain.
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Lester_ClaytonCommented:
Sorry I misunderstood your question.

I would avoid clustering a DC with another server.

What are you trying to achieve?  High availability?  If you want to do clustering you need to really think about your infrastructure.  You need shared storage for one, and it would be better to make Windows 2008 R2 your cluster nodes.
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duellist35Author Commented:
I have got another domain controller.

which acts liek a file server. Shall i install active directory on it!

and then install the clustering services!
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duellist35Author Commented:
My target is to make it as a back up dc

If my main dc fails for some reason i would like the second one to become main dc. so taht users can log on to system.

My data server is different.
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Lester_ClaytonCommented:
Yes, you could do this.  A Windows 2003 Server or Windows 2008 Server CAN operate in a cluster. Just be aware of the following warning:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/898634 - Active Directory domain controllers are not supported as Exchange Server cluster nodes

Micorosoft provide good documentation for creating a Cluster: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=13705 - Guide to Creating and Configuring a Server Cluster Under Windows Server 2003

Good luck!

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Lester_ClaytonCommented:
What you are planning to do is just wrong.

You wouldn't Cluster a Domain Controller anyway.  You would create one domain controller, and then promote the other server to be another domain controller in the same domain.
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duellist35Author Commented:
Could you briefly outline the steps.

Thanks
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duellist35Author Commented:
Can it be done on windows server 2003 standard edition!
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Lester_ClaytonCommented:
Sure.

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Make sure that the server that you wish to promote to be a Domain Controller is a member of the domain first.  You make it a member of the domain just like you would a Desktop.

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Log in as a Domain Administrator and then click Start -> Run and type DCPROMO.

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Continue through the installation, but pay attention to the following points
Choose "Existing Forest" when prompted, and then "Add a domain controller to an existing domain"

Everything else is pretty much going to be a Next Next Next.  The server will have to reboot after it's finished, so please reboot it.  When it comes back up, it will be another domain controller in your domain.
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Lester_ClaytonCommented:
Sorry there was no step 3.
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duellist35Author Commented:
Thanks Lester ,

Can i do it on a windows server 2003 standard edition!
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duellist35Author Commented:

I know about the DC promo.

I wanted to know the steps for clustering
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DBAduck - Ben MillerPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
clustering in windows requires Enterprise edition to cluster.
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