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How to Cluster Windows and SQL Server Videos

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I thought this might be useful for anyone who's looking at learning how to cluster. They're a series of mini-webcasts on how to create a SQL Server cluster from the ground-up (architecture, to windows, to SQL Server 2005).

Description: Before you start learning how to cluster, this video will show you the basics on how clustering in Windows 2003 and SQL Server 2005 works. Brian shows the basic architecture on clustering as well as the checklist that you would want to follow before starting to cluster.
Description: In this presentation, you'll learn step-by-step how to cluster Windows 2003 R2. Brian shows you how to configure and cluster a two node cluster, preparing it for any future services like SQL Server or Exchange.

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