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Configure availability in a single farm by using SQL Server clustering

Updated: December 18, 2008

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: 2008-12-18

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 failover clustering can be used to configure availability within a farm for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This article assumes that you are familiar with the concepts and terms presented in Plan for availability (Office SharePoint Server).

Failover clustering provides availability support for an instance of SQL Server. A failover cluster is a combination of one or more nodes or servers and two or more shared disks. A failover cluster instance appears as a single computer, but has functionality that provides failover from one node to another if the current node becomes unavailable.

Office SharePoint Server 2007 references the cluster as a whole; therefore, failover is automatic and seamless from the perspective of SharePoint Products and Technologies.

For detailed information about failover clustering, see Getting Started with SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=102837&clcid=0x409).

There are no instructions specific to setting up clustering for Office SharePoint Server 2007. For instructions on how to set up failover clustering, see Installing a SQL Server 2008 Failover Cluster (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=132112&clcid=0x409).

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