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Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering (Expert's Voice in SQL Server) 1st ed. Edition
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Other books just skip important parts or simply follow Microsoft recommendations which can or cannot be doable in real life. Even Microsoft, if I'm not mistaken, has received Allan's feedback and use it on current or future release of SQL HA features, at least that's my understanding.
The reason why Allan's books are so good is because he has performed this in real life. He not only shows the recommended Microsoft approach but explains real life scenarios too. You can only do that if you have actually done that before, because not all people have a disposable SAN at home and 100k in hardware to do testing of a SQL failover setup just for fun, it's expensive.
The book covers everything. Since Os preparation and setup to actual SQL deployment, including permissions, required accounts, step by step configuration, you name it. Even common errors and proper SAN or disk's configuration.
I've done about a dozen of SQL failover setups myself, in metal and VMware, from SQL 2000 to SQL 2012, and every time this book saved me time and headaches. I fully recommend this book to anyone that is willing to learn how to properly configure a SQL Cluster. This is not someone regurgitating Books Online but sharing real life DBA experience and stories.
Failover clustering is very critical to our high availability strategy, and clustering experts are in short supply. I don't expect it to make me an expert on the topic, but so far it has served me very well as my main resource for in-depth information on clustering.
I've recommended this book many times to others. I have found the information in some of the other books to be flawed and not always correct. This book is not only authoritative on the subject, but it has proven to be more accurate than the other books I've checked out or heard about.
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Allan is the man! This is the best "collective" guide for SQL Server HA out there.
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This superb book and his other book (Pro SQL Server 2005 High Availability) ought to be in the collection of anyone who has to work with Windows and/or SQL Server Clustering. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Kevin M. Fries