Rob Hindman

How to configure VM Monitoring in Windows Server 2012

Overview Do you have a large number of virtualized workloads in your cluster? Have you been looking for a solution that allows you to detect if any of the virtualized workloads in your cluster are behaving abnormally? Would you like the cluster service to take recovery actions when these workloads are in an unhealthy state? […]

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How to Configure Clustered Tasks with Windows Server Failover Clustering

First published on MSDN on May 31, 2012 Many customers use the Windows Task Scheduler to perform regularly scheduled maintenance tasks on their servers, to run audit checks, generate reports, and even updating application data caches. A task in the Windows Task Scheduler performs an action when a given trigger (condition) has been met. In

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Container Storage Support with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), SMB Global Mapping

First published on MSDN on Aug 10, 2017 By Amitabh Tamhane Goals: This topic provides an overview of providing persistent storage for containers with data volumes backed by Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) and SMB Global Mapping. Applicable OS releases: Windows Server 2016, Windows Server version 1709 Prerequisites: Blog: With Windows Server

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How to Run ChkDsk and Defrag on Cluster Shared Volumes in Windows Server 2012 R2

First published on MSDN on Jan 01, 2014 Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) is a layer of abstraction on either the ReFS or NTFS file system (which is used to format the underlying private cloud storage). Just as with a non-CSV volume, at times it may be necessary to run ChkDsk and Defrag on the file

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Understanding the state of your Cluster Shared Volumes

First published on MSDN on Dec 05, 2013 Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) is the clustered file system for the Microsoft Private cloud, first introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2. In Windows Server 2012, we radically improved the CSV architecture. We presented a deep dive of these architecture improvements at TechEd 2012 . Building on this

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Validate Storage Spaces Persistent Reservation Test Results with Warning

First published on MSDN on May 24, 2013 I have seen questions from customers who get a warning in the results of their failover cluster validation that indicates the storage doesn’t support persistent reservations for Storage Spaces. They want to know why they got the warning, what it means, and what should they do about

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How to Setup a Failover Cluster in a RODC Environment

First published on MSDN on Dec 13, 2012 In Windows Server 2012, a Failover Cluster can be created in an environment that has access only to a Read Only Domain Controller (RODC) but not a Read Write Domain Controller (RWDC). This deployment model can be useful in a branch office with unreliable network connectivity or

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How to Configure BitLocker Encrypted Clustered Disks in Windows Server 2012

First published on MSDN on Jul 20, 2012 Windows Server 2012 introduces the ability to encrypt Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) using BitLocker®.  You can learn more about BitLocker here . Data on a lost or stolen storage is vulnerable to unauthorized access, either by running a software-attack tool against it or by transferring the storage

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How to Move Highly Available (Clustered) VMs to Windows Server 2012 with the Cluster Migration Wizard

First published on MSDN on Jun 25, 2012 The Windows Server 2012 Cluster Migration Wizard is a powerful and time-saving tool that copies cluster roles from a source cluster to a target cluster. Although the Cluster Migration Wizard can move almost any clustered workload to Windows Server 2012, we get many questions about migrating highly

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How to Configure a Clustered Storage Space in Windows Server 2012

First published on MSDN on Jun 02, 2012 This blog outlines the sequence of steps to configure a Clustered Storage Space in Windows Server 2012 using the Failover Cluster Manager or Windows PowerShell®. You can learn more about Storage Spaces here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/01/05/virtualizing-storage-for-scale-resiliency-and-efficiency.aspx Prerequisites A minimum of three physical drives, with at least 4 gigabytes (GB)

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