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Re: Cluster on Windows Server 2003
From: "Martin Russo" <russo.lista () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 16:28:36 -0200

Sorry, Will we use Windows 2008 with Hyper-V for clusters and virtual servers

Thank to all for your comments

2008/11/7 Shreyas Zare <shreyas () technitium com>:

Just to add a point, for removing host OS footprint altogether
consider Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 which is standalone hypervisor
or VMware ESXi both are free and manage it form another machine.


On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 6:12 AM, Salvador III Manaois
<badzmanaois () gmail com> wrote:

Hi Martin,

First off, I suggest you look into Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V
(with SCVMM)  instead of Windows Server 2003 and Windows Virtual
Server 2005 for your virtualization needs.

*  Is this secure and stable ?

Depends on how you harden the box (both the host and guest(s)). For a
more secure stable MS-cluster solution, go for Windows Server 2008
Clustering + Hyper-V + SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager).
I would recommend configuring your host/parent partition to run
Windows Server Core 2008 for a much smaller OS footprint (lower attack
surface), install the Hyper-V role (Hyper-V is a much improved,
"thinner" hypervisor), and setup SCVMM on another box to serve as a
single point of management for  your entire virtualization

An Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008

Hyper-V Security

MS Virtualization Team Blog

*  Will we have easy implementation and managment ?

It depends on your requirements. Factors like number of cluster nodes,
dispersed nodes (geo-cluster) requirements, storage requirements,
administration/management considerations etc could increase the level
of complexity of your implementation. Here's a whitepaper scenario
from Technet that details how you can use Windows Virtual Server 2003
to create and configure a two-node Windows Server 2003 cluster:


Again, as mentioned above, Windows Server 2008 offers a much robust
platform and easier deployment methods as compared to Windows Server
2003. Use SCVMM to manage your virtualization infrastructure from a
single management point:

Introducing Windows 2008 Failover Clustering

Hyper-V Step-by-Step Guide and Failover Clustering

System Center Virtualization Manager

* Which  software use MS to make clusters  ?

Microsoft uses MSCS or Microsoft Cluster Service for Windows Server
2003; for Windows Server 2008, it is uses Failover Clustering (role).

Best Regards,

Salvador Manaois III
MCSE MCSA CEH MCITP | Enterprise/Server Admin
Bytes & Badz : http://badzmanaois.blogspot.com

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