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Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering (Expert's Voice in SQL Server)

Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering (Expert's Voice in SQL Server) [Kindle Edition]

Allan Hirt
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Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering is dedicated to the planning, implementation, and administration of clustered SQL Server 2008 implementations. Whether deploying a single–instance, two–node cluster or a multiple–node, many–instance cluster for consolidation, this book will detail all of the considerations and pitfalls that may be encountered along the way. Clustering and high–availability expert Allan Hirt shares his many years of wisdom and experience, showing how to put together the right combination of people, processes, technology, and best practices to create and manage world–class, highly available SQL Server 2008 failover clusters.

  • Provides a comprehensive look at SQL Server 2008 failover clustering from the first steps of planning to daily administration
  • Goes beyond just SQL Server 2008 and also covers Windows Server 2008 clustering in depth with a SQL Server focus
  • Covers how and where virtualization can be used with failover clusters
  • Addresses the needs of enterprise–class, 24/7 SQL Server 2008 implementations
  • Written by the leading expert on SQL Server failover clustering

What you’ll learn

  • Understand what failover clustering is, how it works, and how it can benefit SQL Server deployments.
  • Configure disk subsystems to support failover clustering implementations.
  • Plan, implement, and administer Windows Server 2008 clustering for use with SQL Server 2008.
  • Plan, implement, and administer new SQL Server 2008 failover clustering instances.
  • Upgrade existing SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 failover clustering instances to SQL Server 2008.
  • Create virtualized clusters for use in test and development environments.

Who is this book for

This book is for IT administrators and DBAs who are faced with implementing and administering clustered SQL Server 2008 instances. This book is also for those who will be upgrading existing SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005 failover clustering instances to SQL Server 2008.

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You have gotten the job, now you need to hone your skills in these tough competitive times. The Apress Pro series expands your skills and expertise in exactly the areas you need. Master the content of a Pro book, and you will always be able to get the job done in a professional development project. Written by experts in their field, Pro series books from Apress give you the hard–won solutions to problems you will face in your professional programming career.

About the Author

Allan Hirt is a Microsoft Cluster "Most Valuable Professional" living just outside of Boston. Starting as an intern at Sybase in college, Allan has used SQL Server in its various forms since 1992. For the past 10 years, he has traveled all over the world to train, mentor, and work with clients. He has also authored or contributed to publications about SQL Server for various outlets including Microsoft and SQL Server Magazine via whitepapers, webcasts, training courses, and books. He is a frequent speaker at conferences like TechEd and SQL PASS. Allan's website and blog can be found at and at @SQLHA on Twitter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 1 May 2013
By ElCapC
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Has been essential in preparing and implementing my first SQL cluster. As a DBA, I fully expect to keep this close by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want one book with all of the details, this is it 2 Nov 2009
By Robert L Davis - Published on
I bought the eBook version of this book from the publisher's website about two months before the official release because I needed a good clustering reference. As soon as it was released, I had my boss buy the printed version for our team to use at work.

Failover clustering is very critical to our high availability strategy, and clustering experts are in short supply. I don't expect it to make me an expert on the topic, but so far it has served me very well as my main resource for in-depth information on clustering.

I've recommended this book many times to others. I have found the information in some of the other books to be flawed and not always correct. This book is not only authoritative on the subject, but it has proven to be more accurate than the other books I've checked out or heard about.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real and practical approach of Windows Clustering. 6 Dec 2012
By Jose - Published on
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I met Alan almost a year ago. He visited Hewlett Packard back then and did an awesome presentation of the SQL 2012 HA features, still in beta at that time. This guy knows his stuff. For everything that is HA or SQL Cluster, he's my preferred author and number one resource.

Other books just skip important parts or simply follow Microsoft recommendations which can or cannot be doable in real life. Even Microsoft, if I'm not mistaken, has received Allan's feedback and use it on current or future release of SQL HA features, at least that's my understanding.

The reason why Allan's books are so good is because he has performed this in real life. He not only shows the recommended Microsoft approach but explains real life scenarios too. You can only do that if you have actually done that before, because not all people have a disposable SAN at home and 100k in hardware to do testing of a SQL failover setup just for fun, it's expensive.

The book covers everything. Since Os preparation and setup to actual SQL deployment, including permissions, required accounts, step by step configuration, you name it. Even common errors and proper SAN or disk's configuration.

I've done about a dozen of SQL failover setups myself, in metal and VMware, from SQL 2000 to SQL 2012, and every time this book saved me time and headaches. I fully recommend this book to anyone that is willing to learn how to properly configure a SQL Cluster. This is not someone regurgitating Books Online but sharing real life DBA experience and stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE best book on MS Clustering. 2 Feb 2013
By Kevin M. Fries - Published on
This superb book and his other book (Pro SQL Server 2005 High Availability) ought to be in the collection of anyone who has to work with Windows and/or SQL Server Clustering. This is one of the few references that have practical advice, field expertise and a sound understanding of the architecture explained. I've added Allan's previous book as they both provide an understanding of the topic. This book (and the 2005 tome too!) got me up to speed (I'm primarily on Unix/Oracle/DB2 after working with mainframes and AS/400 systems too) as quickly as I could ever expect to support and put together these types of systems. The subject matter is complex and could easily take up several books and Allan provides pointers to other sources to keep the book as relevant as possible.
As mentioned earlier, I also recommend his other book and eagerly await for his upcoming book(s) on SQL Server 2012 high availability.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best resource on this subject in the market 24 Aug 2009
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It a valuable book, answers most of the questions you might have about 2008 clustering.
I just wish it was deeper on cluster design and there was a generic preparation/implementation checklist for convenience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book by Allan Hirt. 3 Feb 2013
By TomS - Published on
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The first and last word in SQL Server Clustering, and many words in between. I've never used clustering where I've worked but this book has helped me get enough grounding in it I feel comfortable going into an environment that has it.
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