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This article describes what to consider when you deploy Windows Server 2008 failover cluster nodes on different, routed subnets. Such deployments may cause re-connection delays when a failover of a highly available service or an application occurs.
One of the new features that Windows Server 2008 failover clusters introduce is the ability to locate cluster nodes on different, routed subnets. Therefore, Client Access Point (CAP) configurations have cluster network name resources that depend on multiple IP address resources. The cluster logic that is used in this configuration determines whether a network name resource comes online if at least one of the IP Address resources on which it depends can successfully come online.
When a cluster network name resource comes online, it registers with a DNS server if the DNS server supports dynamic registrations. Any A-Record or AAAA-Record that is registered includes the following information:
The default private property settings for cluster network name resources may cause delays when clients try to re-connect to cluster resources after a failover of a highly available application or a service group. There are network name resource private properties that can be modified to optimize name resolution behavior. Such optimization makes clients re-connect faster after a failover. The following is a list of the default settings for the private properties that may help in this scenario.
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Configure Heartbeat and DNS Settings in a Multi-Site Failover ClusterA variable that is not controlled in the context of failover clustering is the replication of DNS zone information. However, you should discuss the scenario in which replication of DNS zone information in not controlled in the context of failover clustering with those individuals who can modify DNS zone replication in an organization.
For more information about DNS and dynamic updates, visit the following Microsoft Web page:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/e760737e-9e55-458d-b5ed-a1ae9e04819e1033.mspx?mfr=trueFor more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816592/ )How to configure DNS dynamic updates in Windows Server 2003
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/246804/ )How to enable or disable DNS updates in Windows 2000 and in Windows Server 2003
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