Before implementing ZENworks Server Management with Novell Cluster Services, make sure you have a solid understanding of Novell Cluster Services by reviewing the following information resources:
NetWare 6.5 Product Documentation: Novell Cluster Services
NetWare 6 Product Documentation: Novell Cluster Services
NetWare 5.1 Product Documentation: Novell Cluster Services
When you review the information resources recommended above, you discover that clustering employs very specialized terminology. The following brief glossary provides basic definitions of clustering terms and relates them to your ZENworks Server Management component installation:
cluster: A grouping of from two to 32 NetWare® servers configured using Novell Cluster Services so that data storage locations and applications can transfer from one server to another without interrupting their availability to users. It is represented by a Cluster object in Novell eDirectoryTM.
resource: An IP address, volume, application, service, and so on, that can function successfully on any node in the cluster. The volumes where you install ZENworks Server Management components are a specific type of cluster resources termed "volume resources."
failover: The process of moving cluster resources from a failed node to a functional node so that availability to users is uninterrupted. For example, if the node where a Distributor is running goes down, the Distributors would fail over to a secondary node in the cluster so that the Distributor could continue functioning without significant interruption.
failback: The process of returning cluster resources to their preferred node after the situation causing the failover has been resolved. For example, if Traffic Analysis fails over to a secondary node, that cluster resource can be configured to fail back to its preferred node when the problem is resolved.
IMPORTANT: Cluster-enabling is required for ZENworks Server Management components.