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Microsoft
"Clustering Architecture"
(Technology primer—http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/ ntserverenterprise/techdetails/prodarch/clustarchit.asp)

Exploring Windows Clustering Technologies home page (http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/ntserverenterprise/exec/overview/\clustering/default.asp)—This home page is a gateway for information about Windows NT clustering technology and includes links to articles such as "MSCS Troubleshooting and Maintenance," a must-read white paper that discusses the MSCS installation and troubleshooting. It details hardware, software, and network infrastructure considerations for implementing clustering.

Microsoft TechNet CD-ROM
TechNet Online (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/default.asp) Excellent resources for answering technical questions. Use the words MSCS and cluster when searching for articles. TechNet Online includes "Frequently Asked Questions About MS Cluster Server" (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/ winnt/winntas/ prodfact/faq/clustfaq.asp). The TechNet CD-ROM contains the Microsoft Cluster Server manual.

Microsoft.public.windowsnt.ntsee (Newsgroup)

Compaq ActiveAnswers
Compaq's online service (http://www.compaq.com/activeanswers) provides information to help you achieve business solutions. Select Knowledge Mgmt & Messaging—Microsoft Exchange Server for white papers about planning, deployment, and operation of Microsoft Exchange Server, including the following:

  • "Implementing High Availability for Microsoft Exchange Server"Essential reading for anyone implementing clustering and Exchange. This white paper includes an illustrated guide for installing Exchange in a cluster.
  • "Increasing Availability of Cluster Communications in a Windows NT Cluster"

Windows 2000 Magazine (formerly Windows NT Magazine)
Offers several Web-exclusive and print articles about clustering Exchange Server, including Tony Redmond, "Clustering Exchange Server," June 1999, and Tony Redmond, "Exchange 5.5/E and Microsoft Cluster Server," February 1998.

Other
Gregory F. Pfister, In Search of Clusters, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 1998—Contains good but not essential information for installing an NT cluster, an interesting description of the evolution of clustering, and comparisons of high-performance and high-availability cluster solutions.