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Planning Failover Cluster Node Sizing

In this blog I will discuss considerations on planning the number of nodes in a Windows Server Failover Cluster. Starting with Windows Server 2012, Failover Clustering can support to up 64-nodes in a single cluster making it industry leading in ... continue reading

Update: Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica

First published on TECHNET on Jan 21, 2014 In May 2013, we released the first version of the Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica on Windows Server 2012. It allowed administrators to plan their Hyper-V Replica deployments based on the workload, ... continue reading

Step by Step: Shielding existing VMs without VMM

First published on TECHNET on Sep 01, 2016 Continuing on the topic of Shielded VMs from my last blog on creating shielded VMs, this blogpost will share my learnings from validating the scenario. This blogpost doesn't dive deep in terminologies ... continue reading
Failover Cluster VM Load Balancing in Windows Server 2016

Failover Cluster VM Load Balancing in Windows Server 2016

First published on MSDN on Apr 29, 2016 Windows Server 2016 introduces the Virtual Machine Load Balancing feature to optimize the utilization of nodes in a Failover Cluster. During the lifecycle of your private cloud, certain operations (such as rebooting ... continue reading

Configuring How VMs Are Moved when a Node is Drained

First published on MSDN on Mar 21, 2013 Introducing some concepts: Windows Server 2012 introduced the ability to drain a node, which is sometimes also referred to as Node Maintenance Mode. When you drain a node, the Windows Server Failover ... continue reading
How to Move Highly Available (Clustered) VMs to Windows Server 2012 with the Cluster Migration Wizard

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 ... continue reading

Free Clustering & HA Training for Hyper-V & Private Cloud

First published on MSDN on Nov 30, 2011 Next Tuesday, December 6 th from 8am-11am PST, we are offering a free training: Failover Clustering with Hyper-V: Designing a Highly-Available Infrastructure for the Private Cloud Register here: http://mctreadiness.com/MicrosoftCareerConferenceRegistration.aspx?pid=287 Join Symon Perriman ... continue reading

Announcement: Upcoming Cluster & Hyper-V Training for User Groups

First published on MSDN on Jul 07, 2011 Hi Cluster Fans, On Thursday, July 14 th we will be giving online training to user groups about Failover Clustering & Hyper-V: Planning your Highly-Available Virtualization Environment . This event is run ... continue reading

Understanding Software Options for your Datacenter Infrastructure

First published on MSDN on Jun 17, 2011 Hi Cluster Fans, This blog post will help you understand the different software SKU options you have when planning for a virtualized datacenter, private cloud or any other deployment model which uses ... continue reading

Announcing Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start Training Videos!

First published on MSDN on Apr 28, 2011 Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event – Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals . We are thrilled to announce availability of the HD-quality video recordings – FREE ... continue reading