SQL Server 7.0, 2000 and 2005 Clustering Resources

By : Brad McGehee
Mar 15, 2007

As important as SQL Server clustering is to those companies that implement it, trying to find good information on how to implement and administer it is another story. And this is why I put this article together.

If you are seriously considering implementing SQL Server 2000 or 2005 under Windows 2000 or Windows 2003; then I highly recommend that you review the following resources before you begin. SQL Server clustering has many gotchas, and the best way to breeze past them is to know about them before you begin.

Recommended Book Resources

For whatever reason, there have been very few books written on Windows server clustering or SQL Server clustering. And the few that have been written are somewhat dated. Below are the names of some books you might want to consider. But before you buy any of them, be sure to check them out at Amazon.com first to be sure that it covers what you are looking for. To be honest with you, none of these books really are great, but they are all that are currently available.

For Windows clustering, consider the following books:

  • Tuning Microsoft Server Clusters: Guaranteeing High Availability for Business Networks by Robert W. Buchanan and Robert Buchanan
  • MCSE Training Kit: Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server Clustering Services by Microsoft Corporation (out of print)
  • Windows 2000 Cluster Server Guidebook: A Guide to Creating and Managing a Cluster (2nd Edition) by Dave Libertone (out of print)
  • Windows 2000 Clustering and Load Balancing Handbook by Joseph M. Lamb
  • Clustering Windows Server: A Road Map for Enterprise Solutions (covers Windows 2000) by Gary Mauler and Milt Beebe
  • Introduction to Microsoft Windows NT Cluster Server: Programming and Administration by Raj Rajagopal
  • Windows Server 2003 Clustering and Load Balancing by Robert Shimonski

For SQL Server clustering, consider the following books:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 High Availability by Allan Hirt, Cathan Cook, and Kimberley Tripp
  • SQL Server 2000 High Availability Volume 2: Deployment by Microsoft Corporation
  • MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-431): Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Implementation and Maintenance by Solid Quality Learning and Laura Sackerman
  • MCTS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Implementation and Maintenance Study Guide: Exam 70-431 by Joseph L. Jorden and Dandy Weyn

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