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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

Announcing the GA of Disaster Recovery to Azure using Azure Site Recovery

First published on TECHNET on Oct 02, 2014 I am excited to announce the GA of the Disaster Recovery to Azure using Azure Site Recovery . In addition to enabling replication to and recovery in Microsoft Azure, ASR enables automated ... continue reading
Disaster Recovery to Microsoft Azure – Part 2

Disaster Recovery to Microsoft Azure – Part 2

First published on TECHNET on Jun 21, 2014 Continuing from the previous blog - check out the recent TechEd NA 2014 talk @ https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B322 which includes a cool demo of this product. Love it??? Talk about it, try it and ... 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
Step by Step - Configuring Guarded Hosts with Virtual Machine Manager 2016

Step by Step – Configuring Guarded Hosts with Virtual Machine Manager 2016

First published on TECHNET on Mar 21, 2016 [This post is authored by John Patterson, Program Manager for the System Center Product Team] In this blog I want to talk about setting up guarded hosts using Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) ... 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

Server Virtualization w/ Windows Server Hyper-V & System Center Jump Start

First published on MSDN on Nov 08, 2013 Add Hyper-V to your server virtualization skillset and improve your career options: Register for this free course, led by Microsoft experts Symon Perriman and Corey Hynes: Server Virtualization w/ Windows Server Hyper-V ... 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