Planning a cluster server implementation with Windows 2000 can be an intimidating project _ selecting hardware/software, purchasing equipment, selecting the right cluster model, integrating with existing network services, etc. If you don't plan carefully, you can make mistakes that will cost your company thousands of dollars and vast amounts of time that could be better spent on other tasks. Planning is essential for any cluster server construction. If you follow the guidelines set forth in this article, and pick up a good book on clustering, such as Windows 2000 Clustering and Load Balancing Handbook published by Prentice Hall, you just might find the process easy and rewarding. Happy clustering!