With Windows Longhorn we will change the name of clustering technology. Let's look back at what the cluster terminology was:
When we first introduced the clustering technology in Beta we called it Wolfpack. In Windows NT 4.0 we called it Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS), lot's of people still use this terminology.
With Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 we called it Server Clustering. Because we introduced a new clustering technology called Windows Compute Cluster server we had to change the name in order to avoid confusion.
Now it will be Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC).
We aim to simplify the cluster installation and management, increase security and stability. Before installing the actual cluster you will have to validate the hardware against a set of tests.
These tests include specific simulations of cluster actions, and fall into the following three categories:
Once the tests are completed successfully we can start the installation, we have simplified the setup so that the administrators can create the cluster in a few steps, we will also support scripting to automate the installation.
The new management console is based on our MMC technology and let you manage multiple clusters within one central console.
Some other management improvements:
We also made improvements to the cluster infrastructure to maximize the availability:
Windows Server Failover Clustering will have an improved security model:
We will now have better support for geographically dispersed clusters, the nodes doesn't have to reside onto the same network subnet and we can control the heartbeat timeout, these changes in functionality will let you create clusters without the need of hardware to create V-Lans over WAN network.
Previous Posts in this series:
Part 6: Network Access Protection Part 5: Server Core Part 4: Server Hardening Part 3: Internet Information Services 7.0 Part 2: Windows PowerShell Part 1: Server Management Improvements
Part 6: Network Access Protection
Part 5: Server Core
Part 4: Server Hardening
Part 3: Internet Information Services 7.0
Part 2: Windows PowerShell
Part 1: Server Management Improvements
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