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Performance of Azure Shared Disk with Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS)

On September 9th, 2021, Microsoft announced the general availability of Zone-Redundant Storage (ZRS) for Azure Disk Storage, including Azure Shared Disk. What makes this interesting is that you can now build shared storage based failover cluster instances that span Availability ... continue reading
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SQL Server 2019 PolyBase feature High Availability

One of the most exciting aspects of SQL Server 2019 are the enhanced capabilities around the PolyBase feature that enables access to non-SQL Server external data sources through a process referred to as virtualization. The data remains at the external ... continue reading
Multi-zone Windows Server Failover Cluster with shared ZRS disk

Improve availability with zone-redundant storage for Azure Disk Storage

As organizations continue to accelerate their cloud adoption, the need for reliable infrastructure is critical to ensure business continuity and avoid costly disruptions. Azure Disk Storage provides maximum resiliency for all workloads with an industry-leading zero percent annual failure rate ... continue reading
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New Features of Windows Server 2022 Failover Clustering

Greetings again Windows Server and Failover Cluster fans!!  John Marlin here and I own the Failover Clustering feature within the Microsoft product team.  In this blog, I will be giving an overview of the new features in Windows Server 2022 ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2022 is full of new file services!

Heya folks, Ned here again. As you’ve heard by now, Windows Server 2022 is available and supported for production deployments. This new OS brings many new features around security, storage, networking, web, containers, applications, virtualization, edge, and Azure hybrid. Today ... continue reading

Clustering SAP #ASCS and #ERS on #AWS using Windows Server Failover Clustering

When ensuring high availability for SAP ASCS and ERS running on WIndows Server, the primary cluster solution you will want to use is Windows Server Failover Clustering. However, when doing this in AWS you will quickly discover that there are ... continue reading
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Failover Clustering in Azure

Azure is a cloud computing platform with an ever-expanding set of services to help you build solutions to meet your business goals. Azure services range from simple web services for hosting your business presence in the cloud to running fully ... continue reading
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Security Settings for Failover Clustering

Security is at the forefront of many administrator's minds and with Failover Clustering, we did some improvements with Windows Server 2019 and Azure Stack HCI with regards to security. Since the beginning of time, Failover Clustering has always had a ... continue reading
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