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Step by Step – Configuring the Host Guardian Service in Windows Server 2016

First published on TECHNET on Mar 16, 2016 For the most up-to-date installation instructions, check out our official documentation at https://aka.ms/ShieldedVMs [This post is authored by Amitabh Tamhane, Senior Program Manager and Ryan Puffer, Program Manager for the Windows Server Product Team] The “Host Guardian Service” (HGS) is a new server role introduced in Windows […]

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Failover Clustering and IPv6 in Windows Server 2012 R2

First published on MSDN on Mar 24, 2014 In this blog, I will discuss some common questions pertaining to IPv6 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clusters. What network protocol does Failover Clustering default to? If both IPv4 and IPv6 are enabled (which is the default configuration), IPv6 will be always used by clustering. The

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How to Configure an Alias for a Clustered SMB Share with Windows Server 2012

First published on MSDN on Apr 08, 2012 Starting with Windows Server 2008, SMB file shares on a Failover Cluster are scoped so that they are only accessible by valid UNC paths associated with the network name they are bound to.  See this blog for more information: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2009/01/09/file-share-scoping-in-windows-server-2008-failover-clusters.aspx File Share Scoping delivered improved functionality that

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Update and Recommendation feature supports Management Packs from SCOM Management Pack partners!

First published on TECHNET on Feb 06, 2018 Update and Recommendation feature was introduced in SCOM 2016  for Microsoft owned Management Packs  . This feature was introduced to alleviate the challenges involved in discovering the appropriate Management Packs for various workloads running in the customer’s environment from different websites on the internet and staying up to

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Step-By-Step: Connect your AWS and Azure environments with a VPN tunnel – Updated

Hello Folks, Three years ago, I was working with a customer that wanted to connect their VPC on AWS to their virtual network in Azure so they could move data around and migrate some workloads. Lately I’ve been receiving some messages from folks all over the place (some internal and some external to Microsoft) about

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Windows Networking for Kubernetes

First published on TECHNET on Apr 04, 2017A seismic shift is happening in the way applications are developed and deployed as we move from traditional three-tier software models running in VMs to “containerized” applications and micro-services deployed across a cluster of compute resources. Networking is a critical component in any distributed system and often requires

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Step-by-Step: How to configure a SQL Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster Instance in Azure

Introduction If you are reading this article you probably are still using SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and want to take advantage of the extended security updates that Microsoft is offering if you move your SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 into Azure. I previously wrote about this topic in this blog post. You may be wondering how

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Configure Storage Spaces Direct on a Virtual Lab – Step by Step

How to configure a Storage Spaces Direct cluster and a hyper-converged Hyper-V on a virtual lab with four storage VMs. The Virtual Lab created becomes a base infrastructure to build into a complete hybrid cloud environment. In this KB article, we configure a relatively raw virtual lab into a robust storage environment.

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Windows Server 2016/2019 Cluster Resource / Resource Types

Over the years, we have been asked about what some of the Failover Cluster resources/resource types are and what they do. There are several resources that have been asked about on multiple occasions and we haven’t really had a good definition to point you to. Well, not anymore. What I want to do with this

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