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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 ... 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
Configuring Network Prioritization on a Failover Cluster

Configuring Network Prioritization on a Failover Cluster

First published on MSDN on Jun 17, 2011 Hi Cluster Fans, This blog will describe the Network Prioritization feature and how to configure it. Network Prioritization is used to designate which type of traffic should be directed through which network ... continue reading

Managing Hardware Snapshots on Failover Clusters

First published on MSDN on May 30, 2011 In this blog I will discuss how clusters identify disks and considerations of presenting a hardware snapshot of a LUN back to the same cluster. Windows Server Failover Clustering has a kernel ... continue reading

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 ... continue reading
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Achieving SQL Server HA/DR with a mix of Always On Availability Groups and SANless SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances

Introduction The topic of mixing SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) with Always On Availability Groups (AG) is pretty well documented. However, most of the available documentation documents configurations that assume the SQL Server FCI portion of the solution utilizes ... continue reading
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Tough Questions Answered: How to Move a Physical SQL Always-On Cluster to Different Hardware

Recently I was involved in a troubleshooting on a SQL Always-On failover cluster on a Windows Server 2012R2, and let me say… ”A SPECIAL ALWAYS ON CLUSTER!” PROBLEM DESCRIPTION The customer has a branch office in a remote site, with ... continue reading
LogicalStandard Switch Deployment Failures in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016 (UR 6)

LogicalStandard Switch Deployment Failures in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016 (UR 6)

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Storage Spaces Direct Step by Step: Part 2 Troubleshooting

Testing guidelines for S2D cluster network and storage components in a common configuration. Instructions on health monitoring included. Part 2 of 4.continue reading

Configure SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance on Azure Virtual Machines with MSDTC #SQL #Azure #MSDTC

If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I write a lot of step-by-step guides for building SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) on Azure, from SQL Server 2008 through the lastest. Here are some links to ... continue reading