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iCalc events still appearing on WordPress Upcoming Events Widget even after deleted

I sync an iCal calendar feed to a WordPress site using the Upcoming Events Widget. I do this primarily because it is the only calendar widget available with the free version of WordPress this non-profit is using. The issue I ... continue reading

Help! I can’t connect to my SQL Server multi-subnet failover cluster

I get that kind of call or email from customers all the time. I have a generic response as follows… This has everything you need to know. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/sql-server/failover-clusters/windows/sql-server-multi-subnet-clustering-sql-server?view=sql-server-2017 They don’t go into great detail about what to do if your ... continue reading
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SQL Server 2017 on Linux Availability Group Split Brain Problem

On July 18th, 2018 Microsoft published this support article with some guidance to help avoid Split Brain when using Availability Groups with SQL Server on Linux. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4341219/split-brain-occurs-after-failover-when-using-alwayson-ags-with-externa Running SQL Server on Linux can have some advantages, including cost savings on ... continue reading
Cluster Quorum File Share Witness on a USB stick?

Cluster Quorum File Share Witness on a USB stick?

I’m very excited to hear that coming in Windows Server 2019 there will be a few new features in regards to the File Share Witness for the Failover Cluster Quorum. The feature that many of my customers have been asking ... continue reading
Can I put my File Share Witness on a DFS share?

Can I put my File Share Witness on a DFS share?

I get asked this question all the time. People are concerned about losing their file share witness, so like many of their other shares, they want to leverage DFS for some additional availability. This is a very bad idea and ... continue reading
8th MVP Award

8th MVP Award

Really glad to hear today that I’ve been re-awarded the Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP award for 2018. It’s a great honor to be counted among some of the smartest people I know. Looking forward to the launch of ... continue reading
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What is the network speed between Azure regions connected with Virtual Network Peering?

This is the question I asked myself today and of course I couldn’t find this documented anywhere. I’m assuming there is no guarantee and it probably depends on current utilization, etc. If I’m wrong, someone please point me to the ... continue reading

High Availability Options for Microsoft SQL Server in the Google Cloud

I was recently interviewed by VMblog about high availability options for SQL Server. You can check out the interview here http://vmblog.com/ For the step by step guide I previously published, check it out here https://clusteringformeremortals.com/2018/01/10/how-to-build-a-sanless-sql-server-failover-cluster-instance-in-google-cloud-platform/ ... continue reading
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Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) for SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI)?

With the introduction of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition a new feature called Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) was introduced. At a very high level, this solution allows you to pool together locally attached storage and present it to the cluster as a CSV ... continue reading
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