Windows Server 2019 Failover Clustering New Features


Greeting Cluster fans!!  John Marlin here and I own the Clustering feature within the Microsoft product team.  In this blog, I will be giving an overview and demo a lot of the new features in 2019 Clustering.  I have held off on this to let some things settle down with some of the announcements regarding Azure Stack HCI, upcoming Windows Server Summit, etc.

I have broken these all down into 7 videos so that you can view them in smaller chunks rather than one massive long video.  With each video, I am including a quick description of what features that will be covered.  Each of the videos are approximately 15 minutes long.

Part 1

In this video, we will take a brief look back at 2016 Failover Clustering and preview what we did in regards to 2019 to make things better.

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Part 2

In Part 2 of the series, we take a look at Windows Admin Center and how it can make the user experience better, Cluster Performance History to get a history on how the cluster/nodes are performing, System Insights using predictive analytics () and (ML), and Persistent Memory which is the latest in storage/memory technology.

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Part 3

In Part 3 of the series, we take a look at Cluster Sets as our new scaling technology, actual in-place Windows Server Upgrades which have not been supported in the past, and Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC).

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Part 4

In this video, we take a look at Two-Node Hyperconverged and the new way of configuring resiliency, File Share Witness capabilities for achieving quorum at the edge, Split Brain detection and how we try to lessen chances of nodes running independent of each other, and what we did with Security in mind.

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Part 5

This video talks about Scale-Out File Servers and some of the connectivity enhancements, Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) with caching and a security enhancement, Marginal Disk support and the way we are detecting drives that are starting to go bad, and Cluster Aware Updating enhancements for when you are patching your Cluster nodes.

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Part 6

This video will talk about enhancements we made with the Cluster Network Name, changes made for when running Failover Clusters in Azure as IaaS , and how Domain Migrations are no longer a pain point moving between domains.

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Part 7

As a wrap up, we will take a look at a couple announcements made and demonstrated at Microsoft Ignite 2018 regarding IOPs and Capacity.

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My hope is that you enjoy these videos and get a good understanding our roadmap from Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server 2019 from a Failover Clustering standpoint.  If there are any questions about any of these features, hit me up on Twitter (below).


John Marlin

Senior Program Manager

High Availability and Storage

Twitter: @JohnMarlin_MSFT


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