Choosing the Cluster Type that's Right For You - Page 3
Server clusters, like most other things in Windows 2000, are modular in nature. They are made up of nodes, groups, and resources. As you might expect, a node is simply a server that is a part of the cluster. A group is a unit of fail over. Each group contains a collection of resources, or objects that can be brought online or taken offline. A group is owned by a node, and all resources within a group run on the same node that owns the group. If any one resource within a group fails, all resources in the group will be temporarily moved to a different node until the cause of failure is resolved.
You might wonder how Windows 2000 knows how and when to move groups between nodes. It does so using something called the Quorum Resource. The Quorum Resource exists on an NTFS partition within the shared hard disk array. It is basically a collection of all the cluster's configuration information, fail-over policies, and recovery logs.
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