RE: MSClustering Alex E Perez 22.Jul.04 12:48 PM a Web browser Domino Server 6.5Windows 2003
There is an update to technote 1165986 that is on the way. MS Clustering is supported just not in the same way as it was for version 5.0.x
We are having similar problems with our MS Cluster and Domino 6, and we were flat out told that this configuration was not supported.
Our IBM rep arranged a meeting for us with Jim Rouleau, Eddie Bell and John Woods of IBM and were told that Domino is supported on MS Clustering so long as the MS Cluster Manager is not configured to manage Domino. (Yes, this is a reversal!) MS CLuster Manager continues to manage the fail over for the HW and OS.
So what we were told to do is create scripts to automate the commands one would enter on the Domino server to initiate a safe shutdown or restart on the other server in the cluster.
We used HP services (with support from IBM who signed off on the design knowing we were going to version 6!) to implement the MS Cluster, their servers and their SAN with Domino. HP is now working with IBM to figure out just what these scripts need to do, who will own and support them. I'm hoping IBM will step up and take ownership, but they seem reluctant to do so. If HP takes ownership then I would expect them to take the credit for the fix and rightfully so.
At the same time we asked IBM to go back and update the technote with this information as well as the release notes for Domino 6 versions currently available and those on the way. HP will also have to go back and update a white paper they have on the subject of Domino 6 on using MS Cluster under Win2003.
We also strongly suggested to IBM that they publish a new redbook on the topic of High Availability and Domino (presumably including other OSes such as Linux). IBM would not commit to this but if we all yell at them loud enough they just might give in.
Our meeting with IBM occurred on 07/19/04, so this is pretty current. As some of the issues I've outlined in this post are addressed by IBM and HP I'll post updates to keep everyone current.
I'm also wondering whether the Jim Rouleau that also has a response in this thread is the same Jim Rouleau that I met with, if so he is responsible for the NSD tool and Domino Fault analysis... If so hopefully he'll add more background on the issue.