TruCluster Server Handbook


  • Scott Fafrak, Senior Consultant and Instructor, Bruden Corporation.
  • Jim Lola, Senior Systems Programmer and Manager, UNIX Systems Programming for CIT, Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA.
  • Dennis O'Brien, Co-owner of the Bruden Corporation. Based in Danvers, MA.
  • Gregory Yates, Senior consultant, UNIX support group, Hewlett-Packard Company.
  • Brad Nichols, Enterprise UNIX Consultant, Transition Engineering and Consulting organization, Hewlett-Packard Company.

The TruCluster Server Handbook authoritatively details how to plan, design, install, configure, and administer a cluster of Tru64 UNIX systems. The book explains how to configure and optimize hardware underlying a TruCluster server, including storage servers so critical to running a high-end cluster operation. This book provides best practices and techniques drawn from the authors' extensive experiences in the field with systems designers, systems managers, developers, and users. The authors include a former Tru64 UNIX Technical Group Leader with HP's Consulting Division and a top industry figure, and two former TruCluster Server Team Leaders with the Customer Support Center.
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Tru64 UNIX system administrators, designers, and developers; IT managers, and designers and managers using other UNIX systems


Book information

  • Published: December 2002
  • Imprint: DIGITAL PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-55558-259-3


"Outstanding book on all aspects of TruClusters! A great resource for ANY TruCluster system administrator out there."—Kent Ferson, VP for Tru64 UNIX Engineering, Hewlett-Packard Company "Clustering is an extremely important technology for any businesses where 'high availability' is not just a buzzword, it's a necessity. The authors' experience with this clustering technology is unmatched. They have a deep understanding of clustering internals developed over the years since TruCluster technology itself started with DEC. TruCluster is the most advanced Unix clustering available, and you need to have someone on your side who has been through every battle. Keep this book in your pocket; it's the next best thing to having the authors on your team."—Keith A. Iverson, VP for IT, Iverson Financial Services Inc. "This book is a great resource for anyone running, planning, or even considering a TruCluster system; I wish it had been available when I was in the middle of setting up our first TruCluster!" —Christopher K. Davis, Team Leader, Systems Administration, Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction; Tru64 UNIX and TruCluster OverviewPart II: Design and Configuration of a Tru64 UNIX Cluster: Designing a Cluster; Technology Considerations for a Cluster; Cluster Configuration PlanningPart III: Installing and Configuring the Tru64 Operating System: Installing Tru64 UNIX; Configuring Tru64 UNIXPart IV: Cluster Hooks: File System Hierarchy, Context Dependent; Symbolic Links, Process IDs; Device Naming and Hardware Management; The Event Manager; Network Interface Failure Finder, NetRAIN, and Link AggregationPart V: Creating a Cluster: Planning the Cluster Implementation; Creating and Configuring a Single Node Cluster; Cluster Installation Verification; Part VI: Adding and Removing Cluster Members: Planning for Adding a New Cluster Member; Adding and Configuring the New Cluster Member/Deleting a Cluster Member; Verifying the Configuration of a New Cluster Member; Cluster Hooks; Part VII: Cluster Subsystems: Devices and File Systems; CommunicationsPart VIII: Cluster System Administration: System, Network, and Cluster Administration Tasks; Maintenance and RecoveryPart IX: Application Deployment in a Cluster: Cluster Application Availability; Application Deployment ExamplesPart X: Upgrading and Patching a Cluster: Performing a Rolling Patch or Upgrade; Considerations for Migrating to TruCluster ServerPart XI: Appendices: Programming APIs; Resources; Glossary