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1 Introduction

The Failover Cluster: Management API (ClusAPI) Protocol is a remote procedure call (RPC)–based protocol that is used for remotely managing a failover cluster. Managing a failover cluster involves managing the data that represents the configuration of the cluster, the entities that constitute the cluster, and the applications and services that run in a cluster. For example, the ClusAPI Protocol is used to determine the version of the cluster and to read and write data in the cluster registry. This protocol is also used to determine whether a computer system is currently acting as a member of a failover cluster. Lastly, the ClusAPI Protocol is used to control and query a service or application that is hosted by a failover cluster.

Sections 1.8, 2, and 3 of this specification are normative and can contain the terms MAY, SHOULD, MUST, MUST NOT, and SHOULD NOT as defined in RFC 2119. Sections 1.5 and 1.9 are also normative but cannot contain those terms. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.

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