Clustering is coming to TechEd L.A.

Hi Cluster Fans,

                The Clustering & High-Availability team will be coming to TechEd, Los Angeles in May (website).  We hope some of you can see our sessions and demo Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2 as a Hands-on-Lab.  The cluster team will include Steven Ekren (Senior Program Manager), Vladimir Petter (Senior Software Development Engineer), Dan Reger (Senior Product Manager) and Symon Perriman (Program Manager).  In addition, many of our partner teams have presentations about achieving high-availability with their solutions, notably Exchange, Hyper-V and SQL.  Please stop by and meet us in the Technical Learning Center where we will be manning a booth.

Symon Perriman
Program Manager
Clustering & HA

Clustering Sessions


WSV01-INT         Failover Clustering Unleashed with Windows Server 2008 R2

Steven Ekren, Vladimir Petter & Symon Perriman

Thu 5/14 | 8:30 AM-9:45 AM | Orange Thr 1

Come learn about how simple Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering is and how you can now be successful. In this chalk talk, discuss and share the pain you experience with clustering today, or reasons you don’t deploy them even when there is a need to implement a high availability solution. Come to this session and learn how you can use the enhancements; be ready to ask tough questions and get answers.


WSV310               Failover Clustering Feature Roadmap for Windows Server 2008 R2

Symon Perriman & Steven Ekren

Wed 5/13 | 2:45 PM-4:00 PM | Room 515A

Come and learn about the new enhancements that are going to be delivered in Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 R2. This session drills into all the enhancements coming for Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2, such as improvements to the cluster validation tool, PowerShell support, Cluster Shared Volumes, the new cluster configuration program, and other exciting features.


WSV313               Innovating High Availability with Cluster Shared Volumes

Steven Ekren

Wed 5/13 | 1:00 PM-2:15 PM | Room 402

This session introduces and gives an overview of the new feature for Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering called Cluster Shared Volumes. For the first time in a decade the cluster storage architecture is innovating to enable Hyper-V. This is a new enhancement never seen before and one of the biggest features for Windows Server 7 that is creating a lot of buzz. This is a session you can’t miss!


WSV316               Multi-Site Clustering with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

Symon Perriman

Thu 5/14 | 2:45 PM-4:00 PM | Room 150

As the Windows Server operating system becomes increasingly accepted in the large scale and high-end mission-critical parts of organizations, the requirements for disaster tolerance and business continuance become more and more important. The goal of this session is to cover the considerations for building a complete solution with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering to achieve not only High Availability, but also Disaster Recovery.


Partner Sessions

VIR311                  From Zero to Live Migration. How to Set Up a Live Migration

Jeff Woolsey
Thu 5/14 | 4:30 PM-5:45 PM | Room 150:
Live migration is one key feature of Windows Server 2008 R2 which brings Microsoft’s dynamic datacenter vision one step closer. With live migrations, customers can move VMs from a host Hyper-V server to another without any perceived downtime. Come spend a session understanding what live migration is and how it will help you; and walk through setting up a live migration demo environment from start to finish.


DAT302                 All You Need to Know about Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Failover Clusters

Max Verun

Tue 5/12 | 2:45 PM-4:00 PM | Room 152

There are major architectural changes in SQL Server 2008 for failover cluster setup, geared towards increased reliability and high-availability. To learn all the benefits and changes, attend this session for a comprehensive overview direct from the product development group. We cover the SQL Server 2008 failover clustering setup, underlying Windows Server cluster and how SQL Server uses it, what is new in SQL Server 2008 for failover clustering, differences from previous versions of SQL Server and future directions. This session also covers details of SQL Server 2008 failover clustering set-up operations together with demos to illustrate the new set-up (through separate, related sessions at the conference).


DAT306                 Building a High Availability Strategy for Your Enterprise Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Gopal Ashok

Wed 5/13 | 4:30 PM-5:45 PM | Room 150

Every business has mission critical applications running on SQL Server that require maximum uptime. Some application data is more critical than others and requires strict guarantees with regard to data loss. Depending on various factors, the availability strategy and corresponding technology choices will vary. As an architect or DBA it is important to develop the right HA strategy and corresponding solution which meets the availability requirement and at the same time provide the cost benefit for your organization. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Always On Technologies provide a full range of options to minimize downtime and maintain appropriate levels of application availability.Come learn how to develop a comprehensive HA solution using the Always On technologies. The session walks you through the various technologies and features, providing a cost-benefit analysis and comparison, talks about the key decision points to consider when choosing a technology and showcases real-world examples of how these technologies are currently used to provide a High Availability solution for various customer environments around the world.


DAT322                 Tips and Tricks for Successful Database Mirroring Deployments with Microsoft SQL Server

Allan Hirt

Fri 5/15 | 1:00 PM-2:15 PM | Room 502A

It’s been four years since database mirroring was been introduced with SQL Server 2005. Whether you’re still using SQL Server 2005 or plan on using new SQL Server 2008 deployments to mirror databases, this session covers all of the latest tips, tricks, and best practices including how to use PowerShell to configure database mirroring, recommended architectures and usage scenarios for deployment, and guidance on how many databases can be mirrored per instance of SQL Server.



PAN 54                 Planning a Windows Deployment for SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering

Allan Hirt, Max Verun, Steven Ekren

Mon 5/11 | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM | Room 501C

Panel discussion with SQL-HA expert and author Allan Hirt, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft SQL Server Max Verun, and Senior Program Manager for Windows Server Failover Clustering Steven Ekren.


WSV311               High Availability and Disaster Recovery Considerations for Hyper-V

Robert Roudebush

Fri 5/15 | 10:45 AM-12:00 PM | Room 151

Hyper-V Virtualization enables multiple IT workloads to run on a single physical machine as virtual machines (VMs). Fewer physical machines can lead to reduced costs through lower hardware, energy, and management overhead, plus the creation of a more dynamic IT infrastructure. With this capability, however, comes an increased need for managing planned and unplanned downtime. A well developed disaster recovery plan is essential for every infrastructure, whether physical or virtual. In this technical presentation, Mr. Roudebush focuses briefly on an architectural overview of Hyper-V from the perspective of high availability and disaster recovery and discusses strategic solutions for protecting virtualized workloads on Hyper-V. This covers both capabilities in the product today, publically-available information on future Hyper-V releases as well as solutions enabled by third-party vendors.


WSV315               Implementing Hyper-V on Clusters (High Availability)

Isaac Roybal

Wed 5/13 | 4:30 PM-5:45 PM | Room 406

Virtualization is THE hot topic on your mind. But what happens if you consolidate a number of servers into VMs and put them on a single host… and that host fails! All your eggs are in one basket. High Availability has become part of the Virtualization discussion, and for more than just the big fortune 500 companies. Make sure you have the necessary knowledge to have these conversations with your customers. If you are new to Failover Clustering, this session is for you. This session gives a step-by-step walkthrough of how to configure a highly available virtualization solution with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Failover Clustering features.


UNC02-INT         Designing Microsoft Exchange Server “14” High Availability Solutions

Becky Benfield

Wed 5/13 | 4:30 PM-5:45 PM | Yellow Thr 1

The “High Availability in Microsoft Exchange Server 14” breakout session is a prerequisite for this Interactive Session where we discuss the specifics of designing high availability solutions for mailbox servers in Exchange Server “14.” This session goes beyond introductory concepts to give you a detailed understanding of how to build a highly available mailbox server architecture in Exchange “14.”


UNC313                High Availability in Microsoft Exchange Server “14”

Scott Schnoll

Wed 5/13 | 1:00 PM-2:15 PM | Petree Hall C

Welcome to the future! The future of Exchange high availability, that is. In this session, we reveal the changes and improvements to the built-in high availability platform in Exchange Server “14”. Exchange “14” includes a unified framework for high availability and disaster recovery that is quick to deploy and easy to manage. Learn about all of the new features in Exchange “14” that make it the most resilient, highly available version of Exchange ever.


UNC402                Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 High Availability and Disaster Recovery Deep Dive

Scott Schnoll

Fri 5/15 | 1:00 PM-2:15 PM | Room 502B


Are you designing or implementing the built-in features in Exchange Server 2007 for high availability, disaster recovery, or site resilience? In this session, we explore the requirements for Exchange Server high availability and learn which solutions provide the best option based on business requirements. We also discuss how the combination of cluster continuous replication (CCR) and standby continuous replication (SCR) provide a “better together” experience for high availability within a datacenter, as well as site resilience for the datacenter. We explore design options for these solutions, and dive deep into the inner workings of continuous replication. And, the very latest troubleshooting and known issues are discussed. If you need high availability and/or site resilience for your Exchange 2007 environment, you won’t want to miss this session.


BOF52                   Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 High Availability and Disaster Recovery: Are You Prepared?

Vladimir Meloski




WSV16-HOL       Windows Server 2008 R2: Failover Clustering

This lab introduces failover clustering with Windows Server 2008 R2. You begin by configuring an iSCSI SAN using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target and ISCSI Initiator on Windows Server 2008 R2 Core. Once the SAN is operational, create two highly available resources; a file server, and a DCHP server. Once you have verified that the file server correctly responds to a failed node, perform some basic administration tasks using the new PowerShell commands.


VIR03-HOL          Implementing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V High Availability and Quick Migration

This lab introduces you to the components that provide Windows Server 2008 High Availability. You begin by configuring an ISCSI SAN using the Microsoft ISCSI Software Target and ISCSI Initiator on Windows Server 2008 Core. Once the SAN is operational, you create two highly available resources; a file server, and a DCHP server. Once you’ve verified that the file server correctly r