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How to create a DataKeeper Replicated Volume that has Multiple Targets via CLI

How to create a DataKeeper Replicated Volume that has Multiple Targets via CLI

I often help people automate the configuration of their infrastructure so they can build 3-node clusters that span Availability Zones and Regions. The CLI for creating a DataKeeper Job and associated mirrors that contain more than one target can be ... continue reading

How to extend your existing SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance to the Cloud for Disaster Recovery

I get asked this question all the time, so I figured it was time to write a blog post, record a video and write some code to automate the process so that it completes in under a minute. First, some ... continue reading

Changing a Drive Letter with PowerShell

Here is a short but sweet post on how to change the drive letter of a partition. Despite using my best Google skills I couldn’t find an example that was doing it for me. I rolled up my sleeves and ... continue reading
Using Amazon FSx for SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances – What you need to know!

Using Amazon FSx for SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances – What you need to know!

Intro If you are considering deploying your own Microsoft SQL Server instances in AWS EC2 you have some decisions to make regarding the resiliency of the solution. Sure, AWS will offer you a 99.99% SLA on your Compute resources if ... continue reading

Calculating Application Availability in the Cloud

When deploying business critical applications in the cloud you want to make sure they are highly available. The good news is that if you plan properly, you can achieve 99.99% (4-nines) of availability or more. However, calculating your true availability ... continue reading
Step-by-Step: iSCSI Target Server Cluster in Azure

Step-by-Step: iSCSI Target Server Cluster in Azure

I recently helped someone build an iSCSI target server cluster in Azure and realized that I never wrote a step-by-step guide for that particular configuration. So to remedy that, here are the step-by-step instructions in case you need to do ... continue reading

Achieving application consistent recovery points of SQL Server 2008 R2 with Azure Site Recovery in Azure

If you want to use ASR to replicate SQL Server 2008 R2 standalone or clustered instances, you will need to update the SQL Writer to 2012 or later. You can use SQL express version as it is a free download ... continue reading
Major Cloud Outage impacts Google Compute Engine – Were you prepared?

Major Cloud Outage impacts Google Compute Engine – Were you prepared?

Google first reported an “Issue” on Jun 2, 2019 at 12:25 PDT. As is now common in any type of disaster, reports of this outage first appeared on social media. It seems now the most reliable place to get any ... continue reading
New Azure “SQL Server settings” blade in the Azure Portal

New Azure “SQL Server settings” blade in the Azure Portal

I just noticed today that there is a new blade in the Azure portal when creating a new SQL Server virtual machine. I’ve been looking for an announcement regarding this new Azure portal experience, but I haven’t found one yet ... continue reading
Microsoft Build 2019 Announcements and Sessions on Demand

Microsoft Build 2019 Announcements and Sessions on Demand

If you are like me and were unable to get away from the office to attend Microsoft Build 2019 you will be glad to know that Microsoft has published all the sessions and are available online at no charge. Being ... continue reading