This paper shows how SQL Server 2005 is implemented on a failover cluster, how to install and configure SQL Server 2005 for failover clustering, and best practices for SQL Server 2005 clustering. As SQL Server 2005 environments move from smaller installations to larger mission-critical enterprises, the need for the database environment to be highly available becomes more apparent. SQL Server 2005 has many different mechanisms to achieve high availability. But one of the most commonly used methods to achieve a highly available mission-critical database environment is SQL Server 2005’s ability to make use of clustered environments.
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