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Lotus Domino server clustering

Clustering is a common approach to improving the performance and reliability of Lotus Domino servers, but it must be configured and maintained carefully to reap any value. Learn fundamentals and best practices for running a Lotus Domino server cluster from this collection of technical articles, tips and tutorials.
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A primer on Lotus Domino clustering
SearchDomino.com contributor Chuck Connell outlines the benefits of Lotus Domino server clustering and shares a handful of best practices you should keep in mind before implementing a cluster in your Lotus Notes Domino environment.
Domino cluster tuning
Cluster performance tuning allows you to set the point at which a Domino server considers itself "too busy" and sends users to another Domino server. While this is a simple theory, putting it into practice is quite complicated and has driven many Domino administrators to distraction. This tip provides a primer on Lotus Domino server cluster tuning and helps demystify some of the confusion on the topic.
Monitoring Domino cluster replication
Domino server clusters are an excellent way to provide for failover in the event of server outage. But they provide little benefit if the data on the servers is not kept in sync. In this tip, SearchDomino.com contributor Andy Pedisich shows how to monitor Lotus Domino cluster replication.
Comparing replicas on clustered Lotus Domino servers
This script automatically generates a Microsoft Excel report to compare server replicas in a Lotus Domino cluster -- including actual mail file sizes, quotas and warning thresholds. This information can then be used to identify any replication issues.
Locate missing databases in a Lotus Domino cluster
SearchDomino.com Hall of Famer Blessan Philip explains how to generate a report in Microsoft Excel of all Lotus Notes databases that are not present on the Domino servers in a selected cluster.
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How operating system clusters work
Courtesy of www.codestore.net, learn the difference between application clustering and using operating systems clustering and discover the benefits of using an operating systems cluster with Lotus Domino servers.
Clustering best practices
While not specific to a Lotus Notes Domino environment, this best practices guide steps out several topics regarding clustering servers that maximize scalability, reliability, and performance of applications. Topics discussed include general design considerations, application deployment considerations, how to avoid problems when setting up your clusters and much more.
Lotus Domino R5 clustering with IBM eServer xSeries and Netfinity Servers
This IBM Redbook teaches how to effectively plan, design, configure and manage clusters on different types of Lotus Domino servers.

This was first published in May 2007

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