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Old 04-12-2000, 07:31 AM   #1
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Unhappy NT Clustered Web Servers

Hi I'm running www.hits4me.com on a dedicated server in my office, but I figure I want to do better as that server doubles up as a BDC for a our (small) domain. I use our PDC to for monitoring the web server, and auto-reboot if it's down for more than 10 mins (this is a low load activity).

I want to upgrade my hardware as my site is CPU and disk intensive, and getting more intensive all the time.

I am therefore thinking:

1. Buy a high-end range NT server (suggestions, I was thinking Dell?) as my main web server

2. Buy a mid-range NT server (I've already got a spare) for monitoring + some e-mail stuff (I'd like to host some autoresponders and mailing lists on my site)

3. If my high-end server is down or in need of maintenance, I auto-roll over either to the new mid-range range, or the old-web server.

Problems is how to setup #3 - the "clustering"

Any hints? A site about this ?

The platform I'm working with is NT4 with SP6 (SP4 on the existing servers), IIS4, ASP and ODBC

Also - anybody know how to setup subdomains on IIS on the fly (I mean from a script - not from me going into the IIS Admin tool).


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Old 04-14-2000, 01:13 AM   #2
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Are you sure you want to have the new server inhouse rather than outsource it? I noticed that Dell for example, under the Dellhosting.com site, had some rather good-looking deals on hosting based around Dell servers.

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Old 04-14-2000, 04:38 AM   #3
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Thanks for the site tip Edwin, I'll check it out.

For the time being I want to do it myself, as I am always messing around with the configuration of stuff, especially as I'm developing/debugging lot of scripts'n'stuff.

Having immediate physical access to the server is a tremendous advantage especially since NT is not as good as UNIX for remote admin.

As my site becomes more "routine" I'll probably relocate all the kit to somewhere better.


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