Clustering and HA Resources

Clustering and HA Resources

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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 (  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 of the page and send us the resource and URL.

Symon Perriman
Program Manager
Clustering & HA

General Resources

·         Cluster Team Site: Clustering Technical Resources

·         Guide: Failover Clustering Deployment

·         Guide: Validating Hardware for a Failover Cluster

·         Guide: Migrating Cluster Settings

·         Guide: Configuring the Quorum in a Failover Cluster

·         Guide: Configuring Accounts in Active Directory

·         Guide: Configure a Service or Application for High Availability

·         Guide: Modifying Settings for a Failover Cluster

·         Guide: Installing a Failover Cluster

·         Guide: Creating a Failover Cluster

·         Guide: Cluster Requirements

·         Guide: Validating a cluster

·         Guide: Managing a Failover Cluster

·         Guide: The Failover Cluster Management Snap-In

·         TechNet: Support Policy

·         Webcast: Top 10 Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Enhancements over Windows Server 2003 Clustering, Based on Best Practices (Level 300)

·         Webcast: Failover Clustering 101

·         Webcast: Achieving High Availability with Windows Server “Longhorn” Clustering (Level 200)

·         Whitepaper: Failover Cluster Architecture Overview

·         Whitepaper: Microsoft’s HA Strategy

·         Whitepaper: Overview of Failover Clustering



·         Utility: Remote Server Administration Tools (simplifies Server Core configurations)

·         Guide: Server Core

·         TechNet: Installation

·         Webcast: How Microsoft does IT: Enhancing High Availability with Server Core in Windows Server 2008


Exchange Server


File Server

·         Guide: Configuring a Two-Node File Server Failover Cluster

·         TechNet: Creating a Clustered File Server checklist

·         TechNet: Create a Shared Folder in a Clustered File Server

·         WebCast: TechNet Webcast: Prepare Yourself for Windows Server 2008 (Part 5 of 8): New File Server Features

·         WebCast: How Microsoft IT Deploys Windows 2008 Clusters for File Services

·         Webcast: New File Server Features of Windows Server 2008 (Level 200)



·         Guide: Testing Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

·         Guide: Getting Started with Hyper-V

·         Guide: Design for a Failover Cluster in Which All Nodes Run Hyper-V

·         TechNet: High-Availability for a Server Running Hyper-V

·         TechNet: Requirements and Recommendations for Failover Clusters in Which All Nodes Run Hyper-V

·         TechNet: Failover Cluster in which the Servers run Hyper-V

·         Webcast: TechNet Webcast: High Availability with Hyper-V

·         Webcast: TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 24 of 24): High Availability with Hyper-V

·         Webcast: TechNet Webcast: Creating Business Continuity Solutions Using Windows Virtualization

·         Whitepaper: Quick Migration with Hyper-V


Multi-Site Clustering

·         Cluster Team Site:

·         Guide: Deployment Considerations for Windows Server 2008 failover cluster nodes on different, routed subnets

·         Webcast: TechNet Webcast: Geographically Dispersed Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

·         Webcast: How You Can Achieve Greater Availability with Failover Clustering Across Multiple Sites (Level 300) 

·         Whitepaper: Multi-site Clustering


Network Load Balancing

·         Guide: NLB Troubleshooting Overview

·         Guide: Server Core: Install the NLB feature

·         Guide: Create/manage/destroy NLB clusters via NLB Manager remotely from another server, or from RSAT client (admin pack) on Vista

·         TechNet: Configuring NLB with Terminal Services

·         TechNet: NLB Deployment Guide

·         TechNet: Implementing a new NLB Cluster

·         TechNet: Verifying the NLB Cluster and Enabling Client Access

·         TechNet: Overview of NLB

·         TechNet: Creating NLB Clusters

·         TechNet: Managing NLB Clusters

·         TechNet: Setting NLB Parameters

·         TechNet: Controlling Hosts on NLB clusters

·         TechNet: Troubleshooting for System Event Messages Related to NLB Cluster

·         TechNet: User Interface: NLB Manager

·         TechNet: Upgrading a NLB Cluster

·         Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 23 of 24): Failover Clustering and Network Load Balancing


SQL Server


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