IBM System Storage N series with Microsoft Clustering

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 15 May 2009

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ISBN-10: 0738432660
ISBN-13: 9780738432663
IBM Form #: SG24-7671-00
(522 pages)

Authors: Alex Osuna, Claudia Milan Formoso, William Luiz de Souza, Diego T.W. Pereira


This IBM® Redbooks® publication focuses on the benefits and interaction of the IBM System Storage™ N series with Microsoft® Clustering as well as clustered Nodes of MSSQL and Microsoft Exchange.

The book also shows how the N series Clustering technology of its own in conjunction with Microsoft Clustering creates a High Availability Solution.

Topics such planning, requirements setup, and best practices with MS Clustering, MS Exchange, MSSQL, and N series are also covered.

The N series hardware is complemented by a comprehensive line of data protection and business continuance software designed to ensure rapid recovery from failures or disaster. A solution can be tailored to meet the exact needs of virtually any customer.

A comprehensive solution recognizes the particular data protection requirements of different data sets, balancing the cost of the solution against time-to-recover. The most critical data can be protected with online solutions for extremely rapid recovery. Near-line disk storage solutions or tape can be used to protect data of lower importance.

N series storage solutions can provide comprehensive disaster readiness and business continuance for storage environments. Because N series business continuance solutions run on the storage platform, there is little or no disruption or impact to the operation of critical servers. A broad range of solutions is available to meet a variety of needs such as local data backup (to tape or online storage), protection against mistakes and application errors, or protection against site-wide catastrophes. Remote site mirroring and disaster recovery plans can be implemented quickly and effectively, without added administration costs.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. The benefits of IBM System Storage N series
Chapter 2. Introduction to Microsoft Clustering
Chapter 3. Preparing the Microsoft Cluster Server
Chapter 4. Preparing the Microsoft Exchange Server using SnapManager
Chapter 5. Planning for Microsoft SQL Server Clustering
Chapter 6. Installing the Microsoft Cluster Server on N series
Chapter 7. Installing SnapManager for Microsoft Exchange
Chapter 8. Installing Microsoft SQL Server in an MS Cluster environment
Chapter 9. SnapManager for MS SQL Server Backup and Restore
Chapter 10. Administering and maintaining Microsoft Exchange servers using IBM System Storage N series
Appendix A. IBM System Storage N series with Microsoft Clustering

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