Free Online Training: Understanding Microsoft’s High-Availability Solutions

Hi Cluster Fans, We recently launched the free & public Microsoft Virtual Academy (  This training portal offers quick and easy access to presentations, webcasts, whitepapers and other technical content about Microsoft’s technologies.  This week we just released a brand new track on Understanding Microsoft’s High-Availability Solutions.  This course covers the best ways to provide… Read more

Free Clustering & HA Training for Hyper-V & Private Cloud

Next Tuesday, December 6th from 8am-11am PST, we are offering a free training: Failover Clustering with Hyper-V: Designing a Highly-Available Infrastructure for the Private Cloud Register here: Join Symon Perriman (Technical Evangelist for Private Cloud) and Elden Christensen (Principal Program Manager Lead for Clustering) to understand how Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering with… Read more

Virtualization & Clustering Exam Training

On Thursday December 1st and Wednesday January 11th, Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and Technical Instructor Philip Helsel will host an online 8-hour deep dive training event for the Microsoft 70-659 Technical Specialist exam, Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization. This virtual event runs for 8 hours at different times and will include presentations, demos and… Read more

Virtualization Career Training Opportunities

Virtualization Career TrainingOn Tuesday, October 4th Technical Evangelists Symon Perriman and Rick Claus are hosting an online conference on Virtualization Career Training with Microsoft Learning.  This half day virtual event (8am – 11am PST) will offer a Level 100 to 200 introduction for anyone who wants to learn more about Microsoft Virtualization and how it… Read more

Configuring IP Addresses and Dependencies for Multi-Subnet Clusters – Part III

Hi Cluster Fans,  This blog post will show the configuration of IP Addresses on multi-subnet clusters for the cluster’s network name, or “Client Access Point” (CAP).  This is different from the IP Addresses configuration for other clustered workloads as there is no way to add resource to the CAP via the GUI, it must be… Read more

Identifying Stale Cluster Computer Objects

On a Windows Server Failover Cluster for each Network Name resource there is a logical name which has a corresponding computer object (CO) created.  The computer object associated with the Cluster Name this is commonly referred to as the Cluster Name Object (CNO) and for all other Network Name resources these are commonly referred to… Read more

Announcement: Upcoming Cluster & Hyper-V Training for User Groups

Hi Cluster Fans, On Thursday, July 14th we will be giving online training to user groups about Failover Clustering & Hyper-V: Planning your Highly-Available Virtualization Environment.  This event is run in collaboration with Microsoft’s User Group Support Services (UGSS) and will be presented by Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman. This workshop will actually teach you or… Read more

Validating a Cluster with Zero Downtime

Hi Cluster Fans, As you may already know, the requirements for having a supported cluster have been significantly simplified since the release of Windows Server 2008.  There is no longer a need to have every component in the configuration listed in the Windows Server catalog as any commodity hardware should now support clustering.  However it… Read more

Understanding Software Options for your Datacenter Infrastructure

Hi Cluster Fans, This blog post will help you understand the different software SKU options you have when planning for a virtualized datacenter, private cloud or any other deployment model which uses Failover Clustering as a critical infrastructure component to enable virtual machine (VM) mobility.  Failover Clustering is a high-availability solution which connects servers together… Read more

Configuring Network Prioritization on a Failover Cluster

Hi Cluster Fans, This blog will describe the Network Prioritization feature and how to configure it.  Network Prioritization is used to designate which type of traffic should be directed through which network in a Failover Cluster running Windows Server 2008 R2.  When designing a highly-available infrastructure, it is important to avoid any single points of… Read more