How to Setup a Failover Cluster in a RODC Environment

In Windows Server 2012, a Failover Cluster can be created in an environment that has access only to a Read Only Domain Controller (RODC) but not a Read Write Domain Controller (RWDC). This deployment model can be useful in a branch office with unreliable network connectivity or in a perimeter network (DMZ) where the cluster… Read more

Tuning Failover Cluster Network Thresholds

Windows Server Failover Clustering is a high availability platform that is constantly monitoring the network connections and health of the nodes in a cluster.  If a node is not reachable over the network, then recovery action is taken to recover and bring applications and services online on another node in the cluster. Failover Clustering by… Read more

BUILD 2012: Designing applications for highly-availability with Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering

BUILD 2012 wrapped up last week.  In case you were not able to make it, the sessions are now posted that you can watch.  Here is a link to the cluster session. Session:  3-051 Title:  Designing applications for highly-availability with Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering Abstract:  Learn how to leverage the power of the Failover… Read more

VM Monitoring in Windows Server 2012 – Frequently Asked Questions

 In a previous blog post I explained how VM Monitoring can be configured in Window Server 2012. In this blog I will answer the three most frequently asked questions related to the VM Monitoring feature. 1)      Why can I no longer make my Print Server role Highly Available in Windows Server 2012? I was able… Read more

How to Configure BitLocker Encrypted Clustered Disks in Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 introduces the ability to encrypt Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) using BitLocker®.  You can learn more about BitLocker here. Data on a lost or stolen storage is vulnerable to unauthorized access, either by running a software-attack tool against it or by transferring the storage to a different server. BitLocker helps mitigate unauthorized data… Read more

How to Move Highly Available (Clustered) VMs to Windows Server 2012 with the Cluster Migration Wizard

The Windows Server 2012 Cluster Migration Wizard is a powerful and time-saving tool that copies cluster roles from a source cluster to a target cluster. Although the Cluster Migration Wizard can move almost any clustered workload to Windows Server 2012, we get many questions about migrating highly available virtual machines (HA VMs).  There are two… Read more

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… Read more

How to Configure a Clustered Storage Space in Windows Server 2012

This blog outlines the sequence of steps to configure a Clustered Storage Space in Windows Server 2012 using the Failover Cluster Manager or Windows PowerShell®. You can learn more about Storage Spaces here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/01/05/virtualizing-storage-for-scale-resiliency-and-efficiency.aspx Prerequisites          A minimum of three physical drives, with at least 4 gigabytes (GB) capacity each, are required to create a… Read more

How to Configure Clustered Tasks with Windows Server 2012

Many customers use the Windows Task Scheduler to perform regularly scheduled maintenance tasks on their servers, to run audit checks, generate reports, and even updating application data caches. A task in the Windows Task Scheduler performs an action when a given trigger (condition) has been met. In previous releases of Windows Server, you could create… Read more

How to Troubleshoot Create Cluster Failures

In this blog, I will outline the steps in order to troubleshoot “Create Cluster” failures with Windows Server 2012 or later Failover Clustering. Step 1: Run the Cluster Validation Tool The cluster validation tool runs a suite of tests to verify that your hardware and settings are compatible with failover clustering. The first thing to… Read more