Designing your SQL Server Cluster

File Compression

File compression is not supported on a clustered database server.

Software RAID

Software RAID is not supported in a clustering environment. Hardware level RAID must be used.

SAN Disks Layout for 4 Node 4 Instance Active / Active Setup

Other Considerations

MS Exchange

It is not recommended to have both SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft Exchange 2000 on the same cluster

Replication File Share

When configuring replication with clustered servers, create a MSCS file share for replication to be configured against so all cluster nodes will be able to access it in the event of a failover.

File Share

It is not recommended that any file shares be used on the same cluster disks that a SQL Server is using.

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