Rob Hindman

How to Troubleshoot Create Cluster Failures

First published on MSDN on May 07, 2012 In this blog, I will outline the steps in order to troubleshoot “Create Cluster” failures with Windows Server 2012 or later Failover Clustering. Step 1: Run the Cluster Validation Tool The cluster validation tool runs a suite of tests to verify that your hardware and settings are […]

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Creating a Windows Server 2012 Failover Cluster

First published on MSDN on May 01, 2012 Creating a cluster on Windows Server 2012 is easy experience! After installing the Failover Clustering feature, and validating a configuration, the next step is to create a new cluster. There are some minor changes in the create cluster experience in Windows Server 2012, but it is very

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Windows Server 2012 Storage Migration for Cluster Managed Virtual Machines

First published on MSDN on Apr 26, 2012 Storage migration is a new feature in Windows 8 Server that allows moving the files for a virtual machine (VM) to a new location while the VM is running. For example, suppose your VM‘s files are currently on a SAN volume, but the SAN storage device is

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Installing the Failover Cluster Feature and Tools in Windows Server 2012

First published on MSDN on Apr 06, 2012 In this blog we will discuss the changes in Windows Server 2012 as well as the different options for installing the Failover Clustering feature.  This applies to Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2012 continues with the Roles and Features model. All

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How to add storage to Clustered Shared Volumes in Windows Server 2012

First published on MSDN on Apr 06, 2012 In Windows Server 2012 Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) has been more tightly integrated into the Failover Clustering feature. The process for a cluster Physical Disk Resource (PDR) to be enabled for CSV has been simplified and streamlined. In this blog, I will show you the new experience of

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Draining Nodes for Planned Maintenance with Windows Server 2012

First published on MSDN on Apr 03, 2012 Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters are easier to manage and maintain with the new “Node Drain” and “Resume with Failback” features. This enables nodes to be gracefully drained for planned maintenance. This functionality is part of the infrastructure that enables “Cluster Aware Updating” (CAU) for patching nodes in

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Configuring IP Addresses and Dependencies for Multi-Subnet Clusters – Part III

First published on MSDN on Aug 31, 2011 Hi Cluster Fans, This blog post will show the configuration of IP Addresses on multi-subnet clusters for the cluster’s network name, or “Client Access Point” (CAP).  This is different from the IP Addresses configuration for other clustered workloads as there is no way to add resource to

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Validating a Cluster with Zero Downtime

First published on MSDN on Jun 28, 2011 Hi Cluster Fans, As you may already know, the requirements for having a supported cluster have been significantly simplified since the release of Windows Server 2008.  There is no longer a need to have every component in the configuration listed in the Windows Server catalog as any

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Understanding Quorum in a Failover Cluster

First published on MSDN on May 27, 2011 Hi Cluster Fans, This blog post will clarify planning considerations around quorum in a Failover Cluster and answer some of the most common questions we hear. The quorum configuration in a failover cluster determines the number of failures that the cluster can sustain while still remaining online.

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