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Introduction to Microsoft Windows NT Cluster Server

Programming and Administration, 1st Edition

By Raj Rajagopal

CRC Press

320 pages

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Mastering cluster technology-the linking of servers-is becoming increasingly important for application and system programmers and network designers, administrators, and managers. With Microsoft's Windows NT cluster server being the first to tie cluster technology with a major operating system, it appears destined to take a leadership position in the industry.

Introduction to Microsoft Windows NT Cluster Server provides all you need to know to develop your abilities for this essential technology. The author provides both introductory and advanced material focused on the three basic functions: fault tolerant computing (failover), load balancing, and centralized administration and monitoring. He guides the reader from the basics of cluster servers, through Microsoft's cluster server set-up, communication, programming, and administration.

Written for professionals who are familiar with the Windows NT operating system and have programming experience, Introduction to Microsoft Windows NT Cluster Server contains information instrumental in helping you achieve zero downtime.

Table of Contents

REVIEW OF CLUSTERING TECHNIQUES

Clustering Terminology

Availability

Fault Tolerance

Cluster Origins

Redundancy within a Computer System

Redundancy Across Computer Systems

Clustering Solutions Available

BENEFITS OF CLUSTERS

Scalability

Configuration Flexibility

Integrity

Availability

Manageability

Performance

Layered Applications

Common Uses of MSCS

MICROSOFT CLUSTER SERVER BASICS

Cluster Server Concepts and Terminology

Cluster Server Architecture

SETTING UP MICROSOFT CLUSTER SERVER

Plans for the Microsoft Cluster Server

Cluster Setup Requirements

Cluster Setup Steps

Ongoing Cluster Administration

Uninstalling a Cluster Setup

Installing Cluster Administrator Only

Setup Considerations

FAILOVER AND FAILBACK

Resource/Failover Manager

Failover

Failback

MICROSOFT CLUSTER SERVER COMMUNICATIONS

MSCS Communication Basics

Node-to-Node Communication

Cluster-to-Client Communication

Cluster Service and Resources Communication

Cluster Service and Applications Communication

Virtual Interface Architecture Specification

Naming Scenarios

Troubleshooting Communication Problems

CLUSTER PROGRAMMING BASICS

Cluster Programming Concepts

Application Programming Interfaces

Cluster Control Codes

Cluster Properties

Cluster Structures

ResourceDynamic Link Libraries

Cluster Utility Functions

Thread Management Utility Functions

PROGRAMMING WITH THE CLUSTER SERVER SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT KIT

Cluster Server Software Development Kit

Installing the Microsoft Cluster Server Software Development Kit

Overview of Using the Cluster Server Software Development Kit

Programming Resource Dynamic Link Libraries

Programming Cluster Administrator Extension Dynamic Link Libraries

Programming Applications

Programming Custom Resource Types

Preparing a Build Environment

MICROSOFT CLUSTER SERVER ADMINISTRATION

Prerequisites for a Cluster Server Administrator

Installing the Cluster Administrator

Administration

Optimization

Tuning

Installing Windows NT Service Packs on Cluster Nodes

Administering Clusters from the Command Prompt

Documentation for the Cluster Administrator

MICROSOFT CLUSTER SERVER-BASED CLUSTERING PRODUCTS AND CASE STUDIES

Cluster Support in Microsoft Products

Cluster Support from Other Vendors

Case Studies

APPENDICES

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS087000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
COM043000
COMPUTERS / Networking / General