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Determine Integration Strategy

Once you have drawn up a diagram of your network, it is time to determine your integration strategy. There are several tasks that need to be completed before your system will be fully functional, all of which will be detailed in your implementation plan. Prior to that step, you must outline which tasks need to be completed and in what order. If your organization is like most, you have someone who is responsible for every aspect of the network service or function that the infrastructure is dependent upon, including DNS, WINS, DHCP, routing, power, HVAC, procurement, and so on. During this stage, it is a good idea to get these people together for an integration strategy meeting.

The goals of the meeting should be simple — to determine the tasks that must take place before the cluster server system can be put into production and to decide who is responsible for each task. Remember, there are many people involved in any project. You may not often see the person in charge of the heating and cooling of your LAN room, but that does not mean that his or her work is expendable. You must consider every aspect of your system before planning its implementation.

Bringing together a group of people to work on a project will be easier than trying to do it alone. By ensuring that your system will integrate with existing services and systems, you lower the amount of time and expense required to complete the project. The result of the integration meeting should be a set of notes that can be used to construct your project implementation plan.

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