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Experience with SF HA for Windows 5.1

Hi all,

We are running Storage Foundation HA for Windows 5.1 and are experiencing some problems. Does anybody like to share his/her experience with me on the subject? stability of the clusters, Management, infrastructural problems, organisational issues, the works.

Our Infrastructure: 7, two node clusters (SF HA for windows 5.1 SP1) with SQL 2005 installed. Each cluster has about 10 instances with roughly 10 databases each. Using SVC we connect to an IBM SAN totaling app. 2 Tb of data. Both nodes are placed as DR with a distance between the nodes of about 30 km.

If residing in the Netherlands (or nearby) we might even meet !!

Ivo
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As you understand every

As you understand every configuration/envrionment/setup is different, so in the first place it requires lot of work to isolate if it is actually common problem what others may facing. Same symtoms could be there but reason could be different and certainly on ground of strong evidences and research at Support's end. There are lot of parameters that needs to be considered before declaring so. You will make most out of this Forum if you come up with specific issues or questions with adequate information. Lets say, you have mentioned your organization faces trouble while switching instances if hardware or OS needs to be upgraded, so when you say switch do you mean switching over Service Groups that controlls the instances? Then there are lot of other question that would follow like, version of the product , version of OS, the procedure that you are following to switch over the SG and there could lot other as research progresses. Nothing could be stated in a generalized fashion.

Regards,
Dev

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Dear Ivo, Please consider

Dear Ivo,

Please consider providing adequate amount of information about specific issues that you may have with SFHA 5.1 on Windows, it will increase your chances of getting prompt response. I am not a Windows guy but looking at the information above am sure Windows would have same thoughts as mine. All the best.

Regards,

Dev Roy, Well, besides the


Dev Roy,
Well, besides the technical issues, for which we have already created cases with Symantec and Microsoft we are also curious for the experiences people have with for example. Monitoring, procedures. For example we find it very difficult to switch instances if hardware or OS needs to be upgraded. Customers are very reluctant to give their approval. Where do you generally manage the Storage Foundation part? Storage or Windows management? After creating new databses who should create the appropriate Service Groups? etc. Do other companies in general have their own "Cluster Managent support group" or are all departments involved represented in a "workgroup"? Which department is responsable for which part. What about the "grey" arreas?

So you see we not only find answeres in the technical issue but more importantly the NON-technical "traps".

Ivo
Accepted Solution!

As you understand every

As you understand every configuration/envrionment/setup is different, so in the first place it requires lot of work to isolate if it is actually common problem what others may facing. Same symtoms could be there but reason could be different and certainly on ground of strong evidences and research at Support's end. There are lot of parameters that needs to be considered before declaring so. You will make most out of this Forum if you come up with specific issues or questions with adequate information. Lets say, you have mentioned your organization faces trouble while switching instances if hardware or OS needs to be upgraded, so when you say switch do you mean switching over Service Groups that controlls the instances? Then there are lot of other question that would follow like, version of the product , version of OS, the procedure that you are following to switch over the SG and there could lot other as research progresses. Nothing could be stated in a generalized fashion.

Regards,
Dev

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