Test Lab: Create an AlwaysOn Availability Group in Windows Azure End-to-End

In this blog, you will learn how to configure AlwaysOn Availability Groups end-to-end using Windows Azure VMs. The steps here are the GUI near-equivalent of the script-based tutorial, which has been published at Tutorial: AlwaysOn Availability Groups in Windows Azure. The end-to-end test lab is designed to help you go through all the basic paces…

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How To: Migrate to AlwaysOn from Prior Deployments Combining Database Mirroring and Log Shipping – Part 2

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Oleg Bulanyy (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft) This blog is the continuation of a blog series that shows you how to perform the following end-to-end HADR migration scenario of SQL Server inside a test environment: From a SQL Server 2008 R2 solution: Database mirroring for high availability and log shipping for…

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How To: Migrate to AlwaysOn AlwaysOn from Prior Deployments Combining Database Mirroring and Log Shipping – Part 1

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Oleg Bulanyy (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft) This blog series is a follow-up to my whitepaper Migration Guide: Migrating to AlwaysOn Availability Groups from Prior Deployments Combining Database Mirroring and Log Shipping. In this series, I will walk you through the following end-to-end migration scenario inside a test environment: From a…

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How To: Migrate from Failover Cluster Instances and Database Mirroring to SQL Server AlwaysOn – Part 3

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Oleg Bulanyy (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft) NOTE: SQL Server Failover Clustering has been renamed AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) in SQL Server 2012. For simplicity, the term FCI in this paper applies to either SQL Server Failover Clustering in SQL Server 2008 R2 or AlwaysOn FCI in SQL Server 2012….

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How To: Migrate from Failover Cluster Instances and Database Mirroring to SQL Server AlwaysOn – Part 2

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Oleg Bulanyy (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft) NOTE: SQL Server Failover Clustering has been renamed AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) in SQL Server 2012. For simplicity, the term FCI in this paper applies to either SQL Server Failover Clustering in SQL Server 2008 R2 or AlwaysOn FCI in SQL Server 2012….

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How To: Migrate from Failover Cluster Instances and Database Mirroring to SQL Server AlwaysOn – Part 1

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Oleg Bulanyy (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft) NOTE: SQL Server Failover Clustering has been renamed AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) in SQL Server 2012. For simplicity, the term FCI in this paper applies to either SQL Server Failover Clustering in SQL Server 2008 R2 or AlwaysOn FCI in SQL Server 2012….

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Migration Guide: Migrating to AlwaysOn Availability Groups from Prior Deployments Combining Database Mirroring and Log Shipping

Writer:Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Sanjay Mishra (Microsoft) Technical Reviewers: Aditya Samant (Microsoft), Juergen Thomas (Microsoft), Prem Mehra (Microsoft), Charles Mathews (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft), David P. Smith (ServiceU) Content Program Manager: Glenn Minch (Microsoft)   Summary: This migration guide provides guidance for customers who have deployed database mirroring for local high availability and log shipping…

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Quickly Setup SQL Server AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instance (FCI) in Hyper-V

Author: Cephas LinContributors: Oleg Bulanyy Applies to: SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012 SQL Server Failover Clustering has been in SQL Server iterations since SQL Server 6.5, and in SQL Server 2012 it is called AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) with numerous improvements and added features. In this blog post, when…

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Configure Windows Failover Clustering for SQL Server (Availability Group or FCI) with Limited Security

Author: Cephas LinReviewer: Jimmy May Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) is the new name for Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS), beginning in Windows Server 2008. In this blog post, I will use WSFC to refer to both. Some of the SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery (HADR) solutions depend on WSFC for their functionality. These…

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NOW AVAILABLE: Migration Guide: Migrating to SQL Server 2012 Failover Clustering and Availability Groups from Prior Clustering and Mirroring Deployments

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Sanjay Mishra (Microsoft), David Smith (ServiceU Corporation), LeRoy Tuttle Jr. (Microsoft) Technical Reviewers: Prem Mehra (Microsoft), Mike Weiner (Microsoft), Steve Howard (Microsoft), Kun Cheng (Microsoft)   Summary: Using Failover Cluster Instance (FCI) for local high availability within a data center and augmenting it with Database Mirroring (DBM) for disaster recovery…

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