Confusion About MS Application Center and MS Clustering Service

Discussion in 'Clustering' started by Pankaj, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. Pankaj

    Pankaj Guest

    I understand that MS Application Center provideds the features for NLB and
    CLB. Then what is MS Clustering service? Does it come as a part of APP Center
    or it comes with Windows Server 2000? What is the cost involved in using both
    of them? How do I choose which to use when? Can I use MS Clustering Service
    for Web applications clustering?
    Also just wondering, how do I cluster my IIS which is hosting .Net Remoting
    Please help me.
    Thanks in advance...

    Pankaj Chitriv
    Pankaj, Dec 22, 2004
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  2. Microsoft provides three different clustering solutions:

    Application Center is for application (e.g., COM+) load balancing
    NLB is for IP load balancing
    Microsoft Cluster Service is for application/resource failover in a server

    App Center is a separate application. For Web application load balancing,
    you would use NLB (unless you have a COM+-based application, in which case
    App Center would be better).

    A server cluster would be for SQL, Exchange, etc.

    Hope this helps.
    Scott Schnoll
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    Scott Schnoll [MSFT], Dec 22, 2004
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