Building high availability Windows Server™ 2003 solutions by Jeffrey R. Shapiro

By Jeffrey R. Shapiro

This can be the definitive source for each community administrator, advisor, and architect who must maximize availability, scalability, and function in home windows server environments. Drawing on twenty years of home windows server event, Jeffrey Shapiro and Marcin Policht have written the main real looking, entire, and self sufficient home windows excessive availability advisor ever released. One step at, a time, they assist you intend, enforce, and deal with clustering, load balancing, fault tolerance, SQL Server, trade Server, and masses extra. alongside the best way, they deal with the most important excessive availability issues which are almost missed through so much books, reminiscent of catastrophe restoration, functionality tracking, and operations administration. Shapiro and Policht provide a transparent, concise roadmap for preserving home windows servers working 24x7 and providing on even the main demanding service-level agreements. they supply real-world case reviews and easy-to-use directions designed to aid readers make greater judgements extra swiftly.

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Mount Manager takes care of mounting and dismounting volumes, and all associated activities, such as assigning drive letters to basic disks or keeping track of mount points. Mount Manager bases its actions on information provided by Volume Managers. Windows Server 2003 supports two of themolder FtDisk and newer Logical Disk Manager (LDM) , which is a limited version of Volume Manager licensed by Microsoft from VERITAS (also supported by Windows Server 2003). The presence of two volume managers is related to the fact that Microsoft, starting with the release of Windows 2000 Server, in addition to basic disks, provided support for dynamic disks.

As a matter of fact, it is fairly common to combine multiple disks using the RAID capabilities of disk controllers. As a result, a single disk displayed in the Disk Management MMC snap-in might consist of two hardware-mirrored disks or a multi-disk array located in a storage enclosure. In essence, you should keep in mind that what you see through disk utilities running within boundaries of the operating system might not represent underlying hardware, but instead its virtualized view. This means that we should look into defining disks, partitions, and volumes separately from hardware and software.

This is the reason we devote all of Chapter 3 to the subject. Chapter 3. Storage for Highly Available Systems Introduction Redundancy and Availability of Storage RAID Refresher Server Attached Storage Solutions Network Attached Storage Solutions (NAS) Storage Area Networks (SAN) IP-Based Storage Solutions Time-Out Introduction Of all the resources that constitute any computing environment, data is considered the most valuable, difficult to maintain, and costly to re-create. This becomes especially evident in light of political and social changes resulting, for example, in more stringent regulatory requirements, such as SEC 17a-3 and 4 in the financial sector, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the healthcare industry, or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 across all publicly traded companies.

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