Failover Cluster Sessions at TechEd Orlando 2012 and TechEd Amsterdam 2012

There were several exciting sessions at the sold-out TechEd Orlando from June 10-14th on Failover Clustering!  If you didn’t get a chance to attend the conference in-person, the sessions are now posted online so you can watch on-demand!  Here are the sessions, their descriptions, and links where to go watch them.

The sessions from the clustering team at TechEd Orlando:

1)      WSV324  – Building a Highly Available Failover Cluster Solution with Windows Server 2012 from the Ground UP

Windows Server 2012 delivers innovative new capabilities that enable you to build dynamic availability solutions in which workloads, networks, and storage become more flexible, efficient, and available than ever before. This session covers creating a Windows Server 2012 highly available Failover Cluster leveraging the new technologies in Windows Server 2012. This session walks through a demo leveraging a highly available Space, encrypting data with shared BitLocker disks, asymmetrical storage configurations with CSV I/O redirection… from the bottom up to a highly available solution.


2)      WSV430 – Cluster Shared Volumes Reborn in Windows Server 2012: Deep Dive

This session takes a deep technical dive into the new Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) architecture and new features coming in Windows Server 2012. CSV is now a full-blown clustered file system, and all of the challenges of the past have been addressed, along with many enhancements. This is an in-depth session that covers the CSV architecture, CSV backup integration, and integration with a wealth of new features that enhance CSV and its performance.


3)      WSV411 – Guest Clustering and VM Monitoring in Windows Server 2012

In Windows Server 2012 there will be new ways to monitor application health state and have recovery inside of a virtual machine. This session details the new VM Monitoring feature in Windows Server 2012 as well as discusses Guest Clustering and changes in Windows Server 2012 (such as virtual FC), along with pros and cons of when to use each.


4)      WSV322 – Update Management in Windows Server 2012: Revealing Cluster-Aware Updating and the New Generation of WSUS

Today, patch management is a required component of any security strategy. In Windows Server 2012, the new Cluster-Aware Updating (CAU) feature delivers Continuous Availability through automated self-updating of failover clusters. In Windows Server 2012, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) has evolved to become a Server Role with exciting new capabilities. This session introduces CAU with a discussion of its GUI, cmdlets, remote-updating and self-updating capabilities. And then we proceed to highlight the main functionalities of WSUS in Windows Server 2012 including the security enhancements, patch deployment automation, and new Windows PowerShell cmdlets to perform maintenance, manage and deploy updates

5)      VIR401 – Hyper-V High-Availability and Mobility: Designing the Infrastructure for Your Private Cloud

Private Cloud Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman leads this session discussing Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Failover Clustering design, infrastructure planning and deployment considerations for your highly-available datacenter or Private Cloud. Do you know the pros and cons of how different virtualization solutions can provide continual availability? Do you know how Microsoft System Center 2012 can move the solution closer to a Private Cloud implementation? This session covers licensing, hardware, validation, deployment, upgrades, host clustering, guest clustering, disaster recovery, multi-site clustering, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2012, and offers a wealth of best practices. Prior clustering and Hyper-V knowledge recommended.

You also have another chance to attend the Clustering team sessions at TechEd Amsterdam from June 26-29th! You can register at:


We will present the following clustering sessions at TechEd Amsterdam:

1)      WSV324  – Building a Highly Available Failover Cluster Solution with Windows Server 2012 from the Ground UP


2)      WSV430 – Cluster Shared Volumes Reborn in Windows Server 2012: Deep Dive



Subhasish Bhattacharya                                                                                                               
Program Manager                                                                                          
Clustering & High Availability