Failover Clustering Sessions @ Ignite 2015 in Chicago

If you are going to Ignite 2015 in Chicago next week, here are the cluster related sessions you might want to check out.  We’ll be talking about some exciting new enhancements coming in vNext.  Weren’t able to make it this year?  Don’t worry, you can stream live all the sessions and they are also recorded so that you can watch them any time at https://channel9.msdn.com/

BRK3474 – Enabling Private Cloud Storage Using Servers With Local Disks
Have you ever wanted to build a Scale-Out File Server using shared nothing Direct Attached Storage (DAS) hardware like SATA or NVMe disks? We cover advances in Microsoft Software Defined Storage that enables service providers to build Scale-Out File Servers using Storage Spaces with shared nothing DAS hardware.

BRK3484 – Upgrading Your Private Cloud to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Beyond!
We are moving fast, and want to help you to keep on top of the latest technology! This session covers the features and capabilities that will enable you to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 and to Windows Server vNext with the least disruption. Understand cluster role migration, cross version live migration, rolling upgrades, and more.

BRK3487 – Stretching Failover Clusters and Using Storage Replica in Windows Server vNext
In this session we discuss the deployment considerations of taking a Windows Server Failover Cluster and stretching across sites to achieve disaster recovery. This session discusses the networking, storage, and quorum model considerations. This session also discusses new enhancements coming in vNext to enable multi-site clusters.

BRK3489 – Exploring Storage Replica in Windows Server vNext
Delivering business continuity involves more than just high availability, it means disaster preparedness. In this session, we discuss the new Storage Replica feature, including scenarios, architecture, requirements, and demos. Along with our new stretch cluster option, it also covers use of Storage Replica in cluster-to-cluster and non-clustered scenarios. And we have swag!

BRK3558 – Microsoft SQL Server End-to-End High Availability and Disaster Recovery
In this session we look at options which are available to the administrator of a Microsoft SQL Server 2014 database server so that the system can provide the 99.99% or higher uptime that customers demand. These options include Failover Cluster Instances, as well as AlwaysOn Availability Groups within a single site, stretching across multiple sites, as well as stretching into the Microsoft Azure public cloud. Learn when to use each technique, how to decide which option to implement, and how to implement these solutions.

BRK4105 – Under the Hood with DAGs
Join this session to learn from the DAG master Tim McMichael. The session examines how an Microsoft Exchange 2013 Database Availability Group leverages the Windows Failover Clustering service. As a bonus, it provides a sneak peek at how this will evolve with Exchange Server vNext and Windows 10. It also explores registry replication, cluster networking, and cluster features such as dynamic quorum and dynamic witness. After this session, administrators should have understanding of cluster integration and basic support knowledge.

BRK3496 – Deploying Private Cloud Storage with Dell Servers and Windows Server vNext
The storage industry is going through strategic tectonic shifts. In this session, we’ll walk through Dell’s participation in the Microsoft Software Defined Storage journey and how cloud scale scenarios are shaping solutions. We will provide technical guidance for building Storage Spaces in Windows Server vNext clusters on the Dell PowerEdge R730xd platform.