Use the Application page of the WSS Model Wizard to supply specific information about your Windows SharePoint Services v3.0 (WSS) application server roles.

High Availability

A service's availability is the measure of its ability to respond predictably to requests. The availability of a service relies on the health of a number of components, including:

  • The network and the server computers that host the service.

  • Components such as network cards, power supplies, and hard disk drives.

The WSS application model focuses only on the availability options for the server roles included in a WSS server farm; it does not address the availability of other components.

Availability is usually expressed as a service's "uptime percentage." The following table correlates the uptime percentage with its implications for service outages.

Downtime Allowed for Standard Uptime Percentages

Acceptable uptime percentage Downtime per day Downtime per month Downtime per year


72 minutes

36 hours

18.26 days


14.40 minutes

7 hours

3.65 days


86.40 seconds

43 minutes

8.77 hours


8.64 seconds

4 minutes

52.6 minutes


0.86 seconds

26 seconds

5.26 minutes

The current WSS application model addresses the first three levels of availability (95 percent, 99 percent, and 99.9 percent). The last two levels are not addressed in this release.

The level of availability you require affects the number and arrangement of servers and other components of your topology. For example, you can increase your level of availability by adding redundant servers and by changing the configuration of the servers.

To help you determine your general availability requirement, study the following questions.

Situation Response

Is your availability requirement 99 percent or greater because of contract or other requirements?

Yes or No

If the service becomes unavailable, will employees of your organization be unable to reasonably perform their expected job responsibilities?

Yes or No

If the service becomes unavailable, will business and customer transactions be halted, leading to loss of business and/or customers?

Yes or No

If your answer to all three is yes, then your availability need is greater than 99 percent.

The following elements are available in the High Availability section of the Application page of the WSS Model Wizard.

Do you require high availability in the Web Front-end (>99%)?

Yes. Capacity Planner will configure your capacity model with redundant front-end Web servers.No. Capacity Planner will not consider availability for your capacity model.
Do you require high availability in the database back end (>99%)

Yes. Capacity Planner will configure your capacity model to have the appropriate availability configuration for SQL Server. If you select this option, you must select the particular type of configuration to use.No. Capacity Planner does not need any further information about availability.
Which high availability solution do you plan to deploy for SQL Server?

SQL Server Failover Clustering (Active-Passive). Capacity Planner does not model hardware for the fail-over server. The additional disk space is shared between the primary and fail-over servers.SQL Server Database Mirroring. Capacity Planner will model additional hardware.SQL Server Log Shipping. Capacity Planner will model additional hardware.

SQL Server Storage

How much disk space do you need for your content database?

Specify the amount of space you need for SQL Server database storage. You can specify up to 2 terabytes of disk space.Capacity Planner allocates disk space storage for other components as a percentage of the total SQL Server disk space. In addition, the Model Wizard increases storage space slightly to provide for basic logging and indexing features.

Other Page Elements


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