Windows Server 2012 Storage Migration for Cluster Managed Virtual Machines

Storage migration is a new feature in Windows 8 Server that allows moving the files for a virtual machine (VM) to a new location while the VM is running.  For example, suppose your VM’s files are currently on a SAN volume, but the SAN storage device is being retired.  A new SAN is deployed and… Read more

Free Private Cloud Training: Are you ready for the Microsoft Private Cloud?

On February 21 & 22 Microsoft Learning is running a 2-day virtual training event to help the world learn about the upcoming enhancements with the Creating & Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start.  It is 100% free and open to the public, so register now! Sign up today at: Event… Read more

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

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

Announcing Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start Training Videos!

Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event – Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals.  We are thrilled to announce availability of the HD-quality video recordings – FREE – on TechNet Edge and soon coming to MS Showcase, the Zune Marketplace, iTunes!  Additionally, every module will be made available (with assessment questions)… Read more

Understanding Hyper-V Virtual Machine (VM) Failover Policies

In this blog I will discuss the behavior of the failure policies for a highly available Hyper-V virtual machine.  For the most part, cluster failover policies are generic and apply to all workloads on a cluster, whether it is SQL, a File Server, etc.  There is a wealth of documentation out there, but I thought… Read more

Clustering & High-Availability at TechEd Europe

Hi Cluster Fans,   In a few weeks the cluster team will be presenting at TechEd Europe from November 8-12 in Berlin, Germany.  Additionally, several partner teams and Cluster MVPs will also be delivering high-availability sessions.  Throughout the week, the team will be staffing the cluster booth, so please stop by to ask us whatever… Read more