MSCS or MNS and W2K3

Discussion in 'Clustering' started by Sam, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. Sam

    Sam Guest

    WINS Service protection...
    For a 2 node environment to support a legacy applications
    need for a wins server, which would be better in a W2K3
    server, Microsoft Cluster Server or Majority Node Set to
    protect the service? Any pitfales with either would be
    Sam, Sep 1, 2004
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  2. MNS requires a minimum of three servers in order to allow for the failure of
    a single server. MNS does not support the sharing of a database such as a
    WINS database.

    You don't have to cluster WINS, though, to benefit from fault tolerance.
    Installing WINS on two servers and having them replicate works fine for most
    companies. You simply have DHCP hand out both the primary and secondary WINS
    addresses and then the systems should all be happy.
    Russ Kaufmann [MCT], Sep 2, 2004
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  3. Sam

    Sam Guest

    Our unquie problem is that we have a DB app that only
    works with one wind server. It have replication issues
    when 2 wins servers are defined. Hence, my problem with
    treating wins as a single non-replicable service.
    Sam, Sep 2, 2004
  4. I find this more than just a little odd. Applications know nothing about
    WINS. They only know NetBIOS (if they need it or don't) name resolution.
    Russ Kaufmann [MCT], Sep 3, 2004
  5. Russ Kaufmann [MCT], Sep 3, 2004
  6. Hi Sam,

    MNS is not an alternative to MSCS, it is a Quorum Type
    which can be used with MSCS. Please have a look at:

    for more information on the quorum types and their usage.

    Hope this helps!

    Kind regards,

    Rob Scheepens - Microsoft
    Rob Scheepens [MSFT], Sep 8, 2004
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