Now that Failover Clustering deployments on Windows Server 2008 are growing, and our customers are spreading the word about how easy it is, we’re getting an increasing number of questions about “what’s new in 2008?”
The short answer is – pretty much everything! We’ve enhanced virtually every component and tried to simplify unnecessary details, hiding many of the “nuts and bolts” behind our new GUI. You no longer need a cluster guru to successfully deploy and maintain your failover cluster – your regular IT generalist can do it with ease using our new Wizard-based approach to deployment and configuration. Experts – don’t worry – you still have the same control as you had in Server 2003, we’ve just cleaned things up and given you greater flexibility in how you manage your cluster.
One of our support engineers, Chuck Timon, has published an article on this topic in July’s edition of TechNet Magazine, so learn about the next evolution in Failover Clustering here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc672627(TechNet.10).aspx. Chuck discusses the new management interface, configuration process, Validation, the new Quorum model, security, networking and storage enhancements, cluster backup and recovery, and migration.
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