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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability

By : Hemantgiri S. Goswami
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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability

By: Hemantgiri S. Goswami

Overview of this book

<p>Every business has it's mission critical applications and data. Therefore, it is very important to keep database servers up and running all the time – 24 X 7. There is a need to store and process terabytes of data to cater for business needs, and it is vital to make data highly available.<br /><br />High availability is all about the site being accessible all the time. High availability solutions minimize the downtime for these mission critical applications.</p> <p>Microsoft SQL Server is a powerful relational database engine, widely used to store and maintain data in Enterprises of various levels be they small, medium or large.</p> <p>This book will teach you how best to use these readily-available options and save you time in making your websites highly available.<br /><br />This Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability book will take you through pre and post installation concepts and common issues you come across while working with SQL Server HA. It will teach you how these various HA solutions can be installed using GUI and the command line. It will also show you how to troubleshoot common issues you may encounter whilst installing or managing the HA option in your environment. It provides references to external links for more advanced learning on the topic.<br /><br />This book starts with an introductory chapter into the windows domain, domain users and various handshake methods available with Windows server. It also offers information the different authentication methods available with SQL Server - giving you an insight into the importance of security. After you are through with the security aspects, your journey to installing SQL Server HA will start. It will cover the concepts of database mirroring, log shipping, clustering, and replication.<br /><br />By the end of this book you will be confident enough to take up the challenge to install any of the SQL Server HA options.</p>
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability
Credits
Foreword
About the Author
Acknowledgement
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface

Configuration


In the previous chapter, we learned what clustering is, what are the different types of clustering available, and how they work. We also learned about the different components of SQL Server clusters such as Quorum. We learned how to install Single-instance and Multi-instance SQL Server failover clusters.

In this section, we will learn how to configure SQL Server failover cluster, so that it will give us a boost in performance.

Write caching

If we are using a non-external disk controller with our cluster, we should turn off the write caching as it may hinder performance. This is because data resides in a local disk and there is no guarantee that the data will be available if the disk fails and so there are chances of data loss during failover. However, external controllers can cache correctly.

File shares

We should not use the same drive that is being used as clustered disk, for file share, to prevent failover of cluster group and to have less impact in recovery time if anything...