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Microsoft Application Center 2000 Configuration and Administration

by: Don Jones

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Publisher: IDG,01.02.02


ISBN: 0764549022
ISBN13: 9780764549021

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Learn how to administer and configure Application Center 2000, Microsoft's highly rated Deployment and Management tool. Used for high-availability Web applications, this clustering, load-balancing product makes managing groups of servers as easy as managing one computer! Topics covered include: deploying server load balancing, component load balancing, content deployment, and monitoring; installing Application Center; configuring network load balancing and content deployment; administration tools; administrating a cluster; deploying and securing a cluster; and performance tuning and optimization.


Table of Contents




PartIIntroducing Application Center 2000

      Chapter 1What Is Application Center?

The Problems and Solutions for Efficient Web Administration

Web farms

Past Approaches to Web Administration

The industry's approach

Microsoft's approach

How Application Center Solves the Problems

Server load balancing

Server synchronization

Content deployment

Server deployment

Business-tier load balancing

Server monitoring

  Chapter 2Underlying Technologies and Concepts


Transport protocols

IP addressing

Physical addresses

Network Address Translation

Name resolution

Application protocols



TCP/IP and Application Center

Internet Information Services

IIS services

Active Server Pages


IIS and Application Center



Failover clusters

Load balancing clusters

COM+ clusters

Clustering and Application Center

Network Load Balancing

Basic NLB

Client affinity

NLB and Application Center


Content Deployment



Hierarchical deployment


Security issues

Security protocols

Monitoring Clusters

Health Monitor concepts

Health Monitor and Application Center

PartIIDeploying Application Center 2000

      Chapter 3Deploying Server Load Balancing

Network Infrastructure Design

Application Center NLB requirements

Non-NLB load-balancing requirements

Business requirements

Sample network infrastructure scenarios

Load Balancing Options

Simple round-robin load balancing

Network Load Balancing

Third-party load balancing

Deployment Scenarios

Basic Web farm

Modularizing the site based on client affinity

Distributed Web farms

  Chapter 4Deploying Component Load Balancing

Component Load Balancing

COM+ overview

COM+ and CLB

Selecting COM+ components

Deploying CLB Routing

Where routing occurs

Building the routing list

COM+ routing clusters

Deployment Scenarios

Basic two-tier design

Two-tier design with different COM+ clients

Partitioned design with different COM+ clients

Multiple Web sites and COM+ clusters

Multiple Web sites with partitioned COM+ clusters

  Chapter 5Deploying Content Deployment and Synchronization

Defining Applications

Web applications

Default applications

Content Deployment Basics

Deployment roles

Synchronization versus Deployment

Deployment security

Other deployment concerns

Deployment modes

Deployment Scenarios

Small intranet

Distributed intranet

Small Internet Web farm

Multi-tier Internet Web farm

  Chapter 6Deploying Monitoring

Monitoring Components

Windows Management Instrumentation

Microsoft Health Monitor

SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine

How Monitoring Works

Collecting data

Logging collected data for future use

Reporting on logged data

Acting on monitoring data

Application Center and WMI

WMI structure

Application Center classes

PartIIIInstalling and Configuring Application 2000

      Chapter 7Getting Ready to Install

Deciding Where to Install Application Center

Putting your plan together

Identifying Application Center servers

System Requirements

Hardware requirements

Software requirements

Pre-Installation Configuration

Unsupported scenarios

Service Packs and hotfixes

  Chapter 8Installing Application Center

Performing the Installation

Choosing an installation type

Automating the installation

Troubleshooting the installation

Creating a New Web Cluster

Preparing to create the cluster

Creating the cluster

  Chapter 9Configuring Server Load Balancing

Configuring Load Balancing Options

Network Load Balancing (NLB)

Third-party load balancing

Configuring Client Affinity

Assessing client affinity needs

Choosing a client affinity mode

Configuring client affinity

Optimizing Web sites that use client affinity

Configuring the Request Forwarder

Basic request forwarding

Administrative request forwarding

  Chapter 10Configuring Component Load Balancing

Configuring a COM+ Cluster

Setting up the cluster

Setting up the cluster clients

Configuring a COM+ Routing Cluster

Creating the routing cluster

Configuring CLB

Configuring NLB

Installing and Configuring COM+ Components

  Chapter 11Configuring Content Deployment

Creating Applications

Default applications

Adding new applications

Adding resources to an application

Configuring Synchronization

Controlling synchronization behavior

Controlling synchronization

Configuring Deployment

Installing and Configuring the Content Deployment Service

When to use the CDS

CDS server roles

Installing the CDS

Managing the CDS

Configuring routes

Configuring projects

  Chapter 12Configuring Monitoring

Configuring Event Logging

Configuring event logging

Logging performance counters

Configuring Monitors

Viewing monitors

Editing monitors

Configuring Actions

Default actions

Creating actions

Archiving Performance Data

PartIVAdministering Application Center

      Chapter 13Administration Tools

Local Administration

Web-Based Administration

Remote Administration

Terminal Services

Installing Terminal Services

Using Terminal Services

Command-Line Administration

Basic commands

Common tasks

  Chapter 14Administering a Cluster

Managing Application Center Clusters and Cluster Members

Taking members offline

Restarting members

Deploying new or updated COM+ components

Removing cluster members

Disbanding a cluster

Changing the cluster controller

Managing Network Load Balancing (NLB)

Adjusting NLB weight

Managing IP addresses

Managing client affinity

Modifying CLB routing lists

Maintaining Cluster Members' SQL Server

  Chapter 15Deploying New Cluster Members

Preparing New Servers

Checking hardware and software

Getting servers up to speed quickly

Deploying New Servers

Joining a cluster

Synchronizing with the cluster

  Chapter 16Monitoring a Cluster

Cluster Reporting

Using Application Center's reporting interface

Writing your own Application Center reports

Understanding the Impact of Monitoring on Performance

Following Best Practices for Monitoring

Minimizing performance overhead

Consolidating data

  Chapter 17Securing a Cluster

Synchronization Security

File permissions

Network security

Administrative Security

Securing the Application Center administrative interfaces

Application Center user and group accounts

Network Security

Client access

Deployment and administrative access

COM+ access

Securing a cluster's network

  Chapter 18Performance Tuning and Optimization

Implementing Performance Tuning

Tuning your infrastructure

Tuning your applications

Tuning your Web server

Implementing Capacity planning

Creating baselines

Regular performance monitoring

Analyzing capacity

Appendix AWhat's on the CD-ROM?

  System Requirements

Using the CD with Microsoft Windows


Appendix BScripting and Application Center 2000

  Application Center and Windows Scripting


to Windows scripting

Using Application Center in Windows scripts

Command-Line Administration

Basic syntax


Appendix CDeveloping Clusterable COM+ Components


Threading models

Threading in Visual Basic 6.0

Component theory

Threading models

Data requirements

Location assumptions

COM+ and Visual Basic 6

Appendix DMicrosoft Management Console Tutorial

  Microsoft Management Console

An MMC Tutorial

Starting the MMC

Loading snap-ins

Saving a console

Opening a new window

Using the Action menu

Using the View menu

Using Favorites

Creating Taskpads

Configuring console options

Appendix EFrequently Asked Questions

  Server Load Balancing and NLB

Component Load Balancing (CLB) and COM+


Content Deployment and Synchronization

Microsoft Health Monitor and Monitoring

Cluster Management

General Application Center Features

Appendix FThe Application Center 2000 Resource Kit

  Resource Kit Overview

Resource Kit Tools

Support policy

The tools