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Site-aware Failover Clusters in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016, debuts the birth of site-aware clusters. Nodes in stretched clusters can now be grouped based on their physical location (site). Cluster site-awareness enhances key operations during the cluster lifecycle such as failover behavior, placement policies, heartbeating between ... continue reading
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MSDTC Best Practices with an Availability Group

In this article we are going to look at some guidelines and MSDTC best practices with an Availability Group. Please note that some of these recommendations change if you are deploying a Failover Cluster Instance. If you are using the ... continue reading

Identifying Stale Cluster Computer Objects

On a Windows Server Failover Cluster for each Network Name resource there is a logical name which has a corresponding computer object (CO) created. The computer object associated with the Cluster Name this is commonly referred to as the Cluster ... continue reading
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SAP on Azure–Designing for availability and recoverability

This is the third in a four-part blog series on Designing a great SAP on Azure Architecture. Robust SAP on Azure Architectures are built on the pillars of security, performance and scalability, availability and recoverability, efficiency and operations. We covered ... continue reading

Installing System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC2 with SQL Server 2008 R2 Cluster

First published on TECHNET on Feb 05, 2012 Authored by Santos Martinez During the past couple of months I have been working with ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 in many ways. Now on in the past couple of days I decide to ... continue reading

List of Failover Cluster Events in Windows 2016/2019

Let me tell you of a story of myself and one of my asks while I was still in support. We always thought the it would be nice to have a listing of all Failover Clustering events for references. Our ... continue reading

Step-by-Step: How to work with Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA)

Services Accounts are recommended to use when install application or services in infrastructure. It is dedicated account with specific privileges which use to run services, batch jobs, management tasks. In most of the infrastructures, service accounts are typical user accounts ... continue reading

How does Azure Stack HCI fit into Hybrid Cloud Services?

A couple of months ago the Azure team announced a new member of the Azure Stack family called Azure Stack HCI solutions. Azure Stack HCI is a hyper-converged Windows Server 2019 cluster that uses validated hardware to run virtualized workloads ... continue reading
Virtual Machine Compute Resiliency in Windows Server 2016

Virtual Machine Compute Resiliency in Windows Server 2016

In today’s cloud scale environments, commonly comprising of commodity hardware, transient failures have become more common than hard failures. In these circumstances, reacting aggressively to handle these transient failures can cause more downtime than it prevents. Windows Server 2016, therefore ... continue reading
How to configure VM Monitoring in Windows Server 2012

How to configure VM Monitoring in Windows Server 2012

Overview Do you have a large number of virtualized workloads in your cluster? Have you been looking for a solution that allows you to detect if any of the virtualized workloads in your cluster are behaving abnormally? Would you like ... continue reading