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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
Deep Dive and beginner learning for Windows Server

Deep Dive and beginner learning for Windows Server

Are you looking for some deep dive or beginner's content to learn more about Windows Server? Are you looking to learn more about Hyper-V and Virtualization, file server and storage management, Windows Server high availability, how to use Active Directory, ... continue reading

Configuration Manager Current Branch Antivirus Exclusions

Hey everybody! My name is Brandon McMillan and I am a Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) CE at Microsoft. ConfigMgr Current Branch has been the standard service-based model since December 2015 with the release of version 1511. You may have ... continue reading
Using Amazon FSx for SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances – What you need to know!

Using Amazon FSx for SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances – What you need to know!

Intro If you are considering deploying your own Microsoft SQL Server instances in AWS EC2 you have some decisions to make regarding the resiliency of the solution. Sure, AWS will offer you a 99.99% SLA on your Compute resources if ... continue reading
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WAC-Active Directory trust not established or broken. …

PROBLEM: I began configuring a Windows Server 2019 Storage Space Direct (S2D) cluster using 3 virtual machines running on a physical Windows 2019 Hyper-V server. I started the installation using Windows Admin Center (v2009 Bld: 1.2.2009.21002) Cluster Creation wizard. I ... continue reading
Creating a traditional Windows Server Failover Cluster in Azure

Creating a traditional Windows Server Failover Cluster in Azure

Hello Folks, As we announced last month (Announcing the general availability of Azure shared disks and new Azure Disk Storage enhancements) Azure shared disks are now generally available. Shared disks, is the only shared block storage in the cloud that ... continue reading
Traditional Failover Clustering in Azure

Traditional Failover Clustering in Azure

Hello folks, Last month I presented a session during the “Windows Server webinar miniseries - Month of Cloud Essentials”. The session was on how to create highly available apps with Azure VMs. Following the session I was asked about setting ... continue reading