High-Availability Education from Hyper-V and Exchange

Hi cluster fans,

Our partners on the Exchange and Hyper-V team have recently published some great resources to improve your high-availability knowledge. 


Hyper-V: Free Training

Microsoft is offering some free training for Hyper-V which includes modules on HA and Failover Clustering.


Free eLearning: Exam 70-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

This collection of five 2-hour courses helps you develop the skills necessary for implementing and managing Hyper-V in an IT environment, as well as, creating and managing virtual machines and hosts in a virtual environment.

Use promo code: 9350-Y2W6-3676

[Update] 6/9/09 – There is a new website needed to use this code.  Please visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/access and submit the promo code.  It will ask you to sign-in then give you access to these courses.  Thanks for your patience!

[Update] 8/1/09 – This code has expired.

The courses within the collection include the following topics:

·         An overview of the Hyper-V technology

·         Creating a virtual environment

·         Deploying systems in a virtual environment

·         Configuring high availability in a virtual environment

·         Administering a virtual environment with SCVMM


Exam Details: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-652.mspx


Free eBook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

This guide will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions. The technologies covered include: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.




Exchange: Forefront and Webcasts

Guide: Installing Forefront on Clustered Exchange Servers

Clustered installations have become increasingly popular for Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 which can be installed using both Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) and Single Copy Cluster (SCC) configurations.  Microsoft® Forefront Security™ for Exchange Server (FSE) can then be installed on Exchange mailbox servers in clustered systems.  FSE supports volume mount points. The Forefront Security for Exchange Server (FSE) Cluster Installation Guide provides instructions for installing FSE in a clustered Exchange 2007 environment.



Webcasts: High Availability in Exchange Server 2010

Exchange Server 2010 includes a new unified platform for both high availability and site resiliency with significant changes at its core that integrate high availability deep in its architecture, making it even less costly and easier to deploy and maintain than previous versions of Exchange.  Principal Technical Writer Scott Schnoll explores High Availability in Exchange 2010 in this two-part webcast.

Part 1 shows the concept of database mobility, and the features known as
database availability groups (DAGs) and mailbox database copies.

Part 2 illustrates how to create a DAG and how to add Mailbox servers to a DAG.


Webcast Part 1: http://msexchangeteam.com/videos/9/drandha/entry451348.aspx

Webcast Part 2: http://msexchangeteam.com/videos/9/drandha/entry451399.aspx



Symon Perriman
Program Manager
Clustering & High Availability