PowerShell for Network Load Balancing (NLB) in Windows Server 2008 R2

Hi Cluster Fans, In Windows Server 2008 R2 (“R2”) we are introducing PowerShell as the new scripting language for clustering technologies.  PowerShell with Network Load Balancing (NLB) will replace NLB.exe and WLBS.exe.  The Windows Server 2008 R2 release is the last release for NLB.exe and WLBS.exe.  This means it will still be available for use… Read more

PowerShell for Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2

Hi Cluster Fans, In Windows Server 2008 R2 (“R2”) we are introducing PowerShell as the new scripting language for clustering technologies.  PowerShell with Failover Clustering will replace Cluster.exe and the Windows Server 2008 R2 release will be the deprecation release for Cluster.exe.  This means it will still be available for use so it doesn’t break… Read more

Clustering and HA Resources

Hi Cluster Fans, Resources can be hard to find, so every few months we will be publishing an updated list of useful documents, guides and information to this blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/).  If there is any important Microsoft content which you feel is missing, let us know by clicking the ‘email’ link in the upper left corner… Read more

Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2

Hi Cluster Fans,   It has been a while since our last post and that is because we have been so busy unleashing Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2 (“R2”) to the world.  At several recent conferences, including TechEd EMEA and WinHec, we publically announced our R2 plans and features for Failover Clustering and Network… Read more

Clustering is coming to TechEd EMEA!

Next week the Clustering and High Availability team will be traveling to Barcelona, Spain for one of Europe’s largest IT conferences, TechEd EMEA ITPro, from November 3-7.  Throughout this week we will be giving presentations, demos, chalk-talks, and instructor led labs, in addition to being available for individual questions at the clustering booth on the… Read more

Preferred Owners in a Cluster

A recent email conversation I had prompted me to write this entry about Preferred Owners.  The Preferred Owners setting for a resource group is one of those things which has an inherent counter-intuitiveness to it. The feature is described very well in KB 299631 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299631), so I won’t give a thorough explanation.  The key point… Read more

Clustering Videos on the Web

Hi Cluster Fans, We have some great webcasts to share with you created by one of the team’s Most Valuable Professionals (MVP), John Savill.  (What is a MVP?  Visit: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com)  John has shared some of his clustering work from website, SavillTech.com.    ·         Creating Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters: http://www.savilltech.com/Videos/clustercreate/ClusterCreate.wmv   ·         Configuring a Windows… Read more

Updates for Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster and Hyper-V

There is a new update available for download that enhances the management experience of Hyper-V with the Failover Cluster Management UI (CluAdmin.msc).  This update incorporates several changes into a single package.    KB article 951308 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951308), Increased functionality and virtual machine control in the Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster Management console for the Hyper-V role,… Read more

Virtualization: Achieving High Availability for Hyper-V

Hi Cluster Fans,   One of the Clustering and High Availability team’s Senior Program Managers, Steven Ekren, recently published an article in TechNet Magazine on Virtualization: Achieving High Availability for Hyper-V (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc837977.aspx).  As one of Microsoft’s leading experts in HA for Hyper-V, Steven has provided some great information which both beginners and pros can appreciate…. Read more

How to create the cluster.log in Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering

Windows Server Failover Clustering logs information about cluster activities including normal operations like updates between nodes as well as errors and warnings related to problems that occurred on the cluster in a text file called cluster.log.  The information in the cluster.log is very valuable when trying to troubleshoot just about any problem encountered with a… Read more