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Evaluating Windows Clustering

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Windows Server 2003 provides two clustering technologies: server clusters and Network Load Balancing. The clustering technologies in Windows Server 2003 provide different availability and scalability solutions, and they can be implemented throughout your organization.

You can also utilize an additional type of clustering, Component Load Balancing (CLB) clusters, in your Windows Server 2003 deployment. CLB clusters, however, are a feature of Microsoft® Application Center 2000, and they are not discussed in detail here.


  • You can use CLB clusters on Windows Server 2003, provided that you use Application Center 2000 Service Pack 2 or later.

For complete information about CLB clusters, see your Microsoft Application Center 2000 documentation. Figure 6.4 illustrates the high-level process for evaluating clustering technologies.

Figure 6.4   Evaluating Clustering

Evaluating Clustering

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