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  • Hey guys,

    Not sure if this is the right place to discuss Windows2003(?) and Windows2008 clusters.

    We have a website project based on php, and will run on windows + apache + mysql. We have a secondary server for redundant backup. The servers will be hosted on a colocation service.

    We have been advised to buy "windows server 2008" rather than "2003" so we can make a cluster.

    Never worked with a cluster before, and I have to make a decision. Can apache + mysql setup benefit from a windows 2008 cluster? Can't it be done without a SAM on Windows2003?

    If so, can we use a cluster both for load balancing while both of the servers are running, and for redundant backup when one server fails?

    I'm not sure, as this may bring extra complexity on administration and backups.

    And as a last note, if it won't work for us, isn't "small business" server a better choice than a full server, as we don't need to make multiple connections on ms servers, no mssql, no iis, no active directory, just one "terminal services"/"remote desktop" connection for administration.

    Thanks in advance
    Thursday, March 5, 2009 10:56 AM

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  • you may find more detailed answer at technet forum http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/default.aspx?ForumGroupID=161&SiteID=17 or windows 2008 cluster forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/winserverClustering/threads/.

    I can fill in some details based on my knowledge... 

    Cluster brings in "high availability" to your applications.  On the other hand, you need to understand cluster and setup based on your requirements to administer it effectively... 

    You can setup cluster as active-active, active-passive, etc., which in combination offer load balancing cluster Vs backup server cluster, etc.,

    Finally the software and application stack should be cluster aware to take advantage of cluster OS.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thursday, March 5, 2009 3:25 PM