Hi Cluster Fans,

 

Resources can be hard to find, so every few months we will be publishing an updated list of over 300 useful documents, guides, information and utilities to this blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/).  If there is any other useful Failover Clustering or Network Load Balancing content which you feel is missing, let us know by clicking the 'email' link in the upper right corner of the page and send us the resource and URL so we can share it.

 

Thanks,
Symon Perriman
Program Manager
Clustering & HA

Microsoft

Resources

Useful Sources

Windows Server 2008 R2

Core

Deployment, Migration & Upgrades

Exchange Server

File Server, DFS-R, DFS-N & NFS

Hyper-V

Miscellaneous

Multi-Site Clustering

Network Load Balancing

Other Resources & Workloads

PowerShell, Cluster.exe & Scripting

Print Clustering

SQL Server

Utilities
 

 

 

Useful Sources

·         Blog: Cluster Team: http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/

·         Blog: Ask Core: Clustering

·         Training: Course 6423a: Implementing and Managing WS08 Clustering

·         Website: Cluster Information Portal

·         Website: Clustering Forum (2008)

·         Website: Clustering Forum (2008 R2)

·         Website: Clustering Newsgroup

·         Website: Cluster Technical Resources

 

 

Windows Server 2008 R2

·         R2 Evaluation Build: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/try-it.aspx

·         Blog: Adding Features via PowerShell

·         Blog: Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV): Disk Ownership

·         Blog: Deploying Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)

·         Blog: How to manually defrag or ChkDisk a CSV disk

·         Blog: Hyper-V Export and Import (2008 R2)

·         Blog: Live Migration Traffic

·         Blog: Network Load Balancing (NLB) and Virtual Machines

·         Blog: PowerShell for Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2

·         Blog: PowerShell for Network Load Balancing (NLB) in Windows Server 2008 R2

·         Blog: SCVMM Quick Storage Migration

·         KB Article: Hyper-V R2 Upgrades

·         TechNet: Exchange 2010 Move Local Legacy Mailbox

·         TechNet: Migration to Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clusters

·         TechNet: Using Live Migration in Windows Server 2008 R2

·         TechNet: What’s new in R2 Clustering

·         Webcast: Building a Hyper-V R2 Cluster

·         Webcast: Clustering in a Virtual World

·         Webcast: Deploying Clusters for Live Migration

·         Webcast: Failover and Live Migration

·         Webcast: Failover Clustering Feature Roadmap in WS08 R2

·         Webcast: Getting started with Hyper-V in R2 videos

·         Webcast: Getting Started with Live Migration 

·         Webcast: High Availability Basics with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V (Level 200)

·         Webcast: High-Availability in Exchange 2010 – Part 1

·         Webcast: High-Availability in Exchange 2010 – Part 2

·         Webcast: High-Availability in Exchange 2010 – Part 3

·         Webcast: High-Availability in Exchange 2010 – Part 4

·         Webcast: Hyper-V Quick Migration on a Failover Cluster

·         Website: Hyper-V Server (2008 R2)

·         Webcast: Innovating High Availability with Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)

·         Webcast: Introducing Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)

·         Webcast: Making Highly-Available VMs (2008 R2)

·         Webcast: Server Virtualization Webcast Videos

·         Webcast: Top 10 VMWare Myths, including CSV and live migration

·         Webcast: Top 10 VMWare Myths, including CSV and live migration

·         Webcast: Server Virtualization Webcast Videos

·         Webcast: Windows Server 2008 R2 Live Migration

·         Website: Clustering Forum (2008 R2)

·         Whitepaper: Hyper-V Live Migration Overview & Architecture

 

 

Core

For PowerShell, Cluster.exe & Scripting see that section.

·         TechNet: Server Core

·         TechNet: Installation

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

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

 

 

Deployment, Migration & Upgrades

For deployment guides for a specific resource (Exchange, File Server, Hyper-V, Print, SQL, Other) or for deployment using PowerShell, Cluster.exe or scripting, please visit that section.

·         Blog: Configuring Auditing

·         Blog: Migration Options for Hardware

·         Blog: Rolling Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 SP2 Failover Clustering

·         KB Article: Cluster Nodes as Domain Controllers (DCs)

·         KB Article: Failover behavior on large clusters (preferred owner, possible owner)

·         TechNet: Add a Server to a Failover Cluster

·         TechNet: Cluster Requirements

·         TechNet: Clustering with multiple active resources

·         TechNet: Configuring Accounts in Active Directory

·         TechNet: Creating a Failover Cluster

·         TechNet: Failover Clustering Deployment

·         TechNet: Installing a Failover Cluster

·         TechNet: Migrating Cluster Settings

·         TechNet: Migration to Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clusters

·         TechNet: Recommended Clustering Hotfixes (2003)

·         TechNet: Recommended Clustering Hotfixes (2003 SP2)

·         TechNet: Recommended Clustering Hotfixes (2008)

·         TechNet: Validating a cluster

o   Blog: Validation Warning: Teredo

o   Blog: Validation Warning: Patch GUID

·         TechNet: Validating Hardware for a Failover Cluster

·         Utility: Cluster Configuration Validation Wizard (ClusPrep) (2003)

·         Webcast: Configuring Failover Clustering

 

 

Exchange Server

·         KB Article: Exchange 2003: Move Mailbox 

·         Lab: TechNet Virtual Lab: Exchange Server 2007 Standby Continuous Replication

·         Lab: TechNet Virtual Lab: Using Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) in Exchange 2007

·         TechNet: Deploying Exchange 2003 in a Cluster

·         TechNet: Deploying Forefront Security with Exchange Clusters

·         TechNet: Exchange 2007 Cmdlets

·         TechNet: Exchange 2007 Move Mailbox Scenarios

·         TechNet: Exchange 2007 Overview

·         TechNet: Exchange 2010 Move Local Legacy Mailbox

·         TechNet: How to create an Exchange SCC Failover Cluster with CMD

·         TechNet: Installing Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) on 2008

·         TechNet: Planning for Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR)

·         Webcast: Exchange 2007 High Availability Deep Dive

·         Webcast: Exchange Webcast Videos

·         Webcast: High-Availability in Exchange 2010 – Part 1

·         Webcast: High-Availability in Exchange 2010 – Part 2

·         Webcast: High-Availability in Exchange 2010 – Part 3

·         Webcast: High-Availability in Exchange 2010 – Part 4

·         Webcast: How Microsoft IT Implemented New Storage Designs for Exchange Server 2007

·         Webcast: Installing Exchange 2007 SP1 CCR on Windows Server 2008

·         Webcast: Installing Exchange on WS08 Failover Clustering using UI Wizard

·         Webcast: Upgrading Exchange CCR Clusters from 2007 to 2007 SP1

 

 

File Server, DFS-R, DFS-N & NFS

·         Blog: Deploying DFS-R on a 2008 R2 Failover Cluster – Part 1 of 3

·         Blog: Deploying DFS-R on a 2008 R2 Failover Cluster – Part 2 of 3

·         Blog: Deploying DFS-R on a 2008 R2 Failover Cluster – Part 3 of 3

·         Blog: File Share ‘Scoping’ in Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters

·         Blog: Share Subdirectories in Windows Server 2008

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

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

·         TechNet: Creating a Clustered File Server checklist

·         Utility: File Server Migration Toolkit (FSMT) (2008)

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

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

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

·         Website: File Server Migration Toolkit (2008)

·         Whitepaper: File Server Migration Toolkit (2008)

 

 

Hyper-V

·         Blog: Adding a Pass-Through Disk to a HA VM

·         Blog: Deploying a HA Virtual Machine (2008)

·         Blog: HA Virtual Machine Deployment Considerations (2008)

·         Blog: Hyper-V Export and Import (2008 R2)

·         Blog: Monitor Network Traffic for a VM on a Cluster

·         Blog: Network Load Balancing (NLB) and Virtual Machines

·         Blog: SCVMM: Intelligent Placement

·         Blog: SCVMM: Quick Storage Migration

·         Blog: VM Scale with Clustering: Physical Memory Reservations

·         KB Article: Hyper-V R2 Upgrades

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

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

·         TechNet: Getting Started with 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 Case Study: Best Practices for Deploying VMs using Hyper-V

·         TechNet Case Study: How Microsoft IT Designs the Virtualization Host & Network Infrastructure

·         Training: Configuring Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008

·         Training: eBook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

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

·         Webcast: Building a Hyper-V R2 Cluster

·         Webcast: Creating Business Continuity Solutions Using Windows Virtualization

·         Webcast: Deploying Clusters for Live Migration

·         Webcast: Failover and Live Migration

·         Webcast: Failover and Quick Migration of VMs

·         Webcast: Getting Started with Live Migration 

·         Webcast: Getting started with Hyper-V in R2 videos

·         Webcast: High Availability Basics with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V (Level 200)

·         Webcast: High Availability with Hyper-V

·         Webcast: Hyper-V Quick Migration on a Failover Cluster

·         Webcast: Introducing Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)

·         Webcast: Making Highly-Available VMs (2008 R2)

·         Webcast: Server Virtualization Webcast Videos

·         Webcast: Top 10 VMWare Myths, including CSV and live migration

·         Website: Hyper-V Server (2008)

·         Website: Hyper-V Server (2008 R2)

·         Whitepaper: Testing Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

·         Whitepaper: Quick Migration with Hyper-V

 

 

Miscellaneous

·         Blog: Add a New Disk to a Cluster (2008)

·         Blog: Cluster Recovery (2003)

·         Blog: Cluster Virtual Adapter (NetFT)

·         Blog: Configuring Auditing for a Cluster (2008)

·         Blog: DNS Registration with the Network Name Resource

·         Blog: PlumbAllCrossSubnetRoutes

·         Blog: Resource Group Management Enhancements in 2008 R2 Failover Clustering – Part 1

·         Blog: Resource Group Management Enhancements in 2008 R2 Failover Clustering – Part 2

·         Blog: RHS and what does it does

·         Blog: Stop 0x9E Error

·         KB Article: Microsoft Support Policy for Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters

·         TechNet: Configuring the Quorum in a Failover Cluster

·         TechNet: Failover Cluster Management Snap-In

·         TechNet: Managing a Failover Cluster

·         TechNet: Modifying Settings for a Failover Cluster

·         TechNet: Support Policy

·         TechNet: Understanding Backup and Recovery Basics for a Failover Cluster

·         TechNet: Windows Server 2008 Itanium / IA64 support

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

·         Webcast: Failover Clustering 101

·         Webcast: Top 10 Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Enhancements over 2003 Clustering (Level 300)

·         Website: Windows Logo site

·         Whitepaper: Failover Cluster Architecture Overview

·         Whitepaper: HA with Microsoft MPIO (2003, 2008)

·         Whitepaper: Microsoft’s HA Strategy

·         Whitepaper: Overview of Failover Clustering

 

Multi-Site Clustering

·         Blog: Multi-Site Cluster Communications Connectivity

·         KB Article: Deployment Consideration for Multi-Site Clusters

·         TechNet: Configuring Heartbeat and DNS Settings in a Multi-Site Cluster

·         TechNet: Design for a HA Service in a Multi-Site Cluster 

·         TechNet: Multi-Site Cluster Checklist

·         TechNet: Multi-Site Clustering

·         TechNet: Requirements and Recommendations for a Multi-Site Cluster

·         Website: Multi-Site Clustering Homepage

·         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) 

·         Webcast: Multi-Site Clustering in Windows Server 2008

·         Website (Cluster Team): http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/failover-clustering-multisite.aspx

·         Whitepaper: Multi-site Clustering

 

Network Load Balancing

·         Blog: Configuring Network Load Balancing (NLB) Cluster of VPN Servers 

·         Blog: Exchange Server 2007 using Network Load Balancing (NLB)

·         Blog: Network Load Balancing (NLB) and Virtual Machines

·         Blog: PowerShell for Network Load Balancing (NLB) in Windows Server 2008 R2

·         Blog: UAG Array and Network Load Balancing  

·         KB Article: Create/manage/destroy NLB clusters via NLB Manager remotely from another server or RSAT

·         KB Article: NLB Troubleshooting Overview

·         Presentation Deck: Server Core: Install the NLB feature

·         TechNet: Configuring NLB with Terminal Services

·         TechNet: Controlling Hosts on NLB clusters

·         TechNet: Creating NLB Clusters

·         TechNet: Implementing a new NLB Cluster

·         TechNet: Managing NLB Clusters

·         TechNet: NLB Deployment Guide

·         TechNet: NLB Overview

·         TechNet: Overview of NLB

·         TechNet: Setting NLB Parameters

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

·         TechNet: Upgrading a NLB Cluster

·         TechNet: Upgrading a Network Load Balancing (NLB) Cluster

·         TechNet: User Interface: NLB Manager

·         TechNet: Verifying the NLB Cluster and Enabling Client Access

·         Utility: NLB Management Pack for SCOM 2007 Released

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

·         Website: NLB with IIS

 

 

Other Resources & Workloads

For information about a specific resource (Exchange, File Server, Hyper-V, Print, SQL), please visit that section.

·         Blog: Configure Multiple Instances of MSDTC (2008)

·         Blog: Creating and Configuring a Generic Application Resource

·         Blog: Creating and Configuring a Generic Service Resource

·         Blog: Deploying IIS on a Failover Cluster

·         Blog: DHCP Database migration to Windows Server 2008

·         Blog: Installing MSDTC (2003)

·         KB Article: Configuring IIS 7 in a Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster

·         MSDN: Cluster Custom Resource DLL entry points

·         MSDN: Creating Customer Resource DLLs

·         TechNet: Cluster Custom Resource DLLs

·         TechNet: Configure a Service or Application for High Availability

·         TechNet: Configuring Generic Resources

·         Whitepaper: Configuring and Troubleshooting AD CS (2008)

·         Whitepaper: SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering

 

 

PowerShell, Cluster.exe & Scripting

·         Blog: Adding Features via PowerShell

·         Blog: CLI: Adding Disks

·         Blog: CLI: Cluster Creation

·         Blog: CLI: Cluster Resource Groups

·         Blog: CLI: Disk Resources

·         Blog: CLI: Quorum

·         Blog: Creating a Cluster using WMI

·         Blog: Failover Clusters, Performance Counters, and PowerShell

·         Blog: PowerShell for Failover Clustering: Frequently Asked Questions

·         Blog: PowerShell for Failover Clustering: Getting Started

·         Blog: PowerShell for Failover Clustering: Read-Only Cluster Access

·         Blog: PowerShell for Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2

·         Blog: PowerShell for Network Load Balancing (NLB) in Windows Server 2008 R2

·         Blog: PowerShell Remoting and the “Double-Hop” Problem

·         Blog: Failover Clustering WMI Provider Impersonation Limitations

·         TechNet: How to create an Exchange SCC Failover Cluster with CMD

 

 

Print Clustering

·         Blog: Optimize Print Cluster (2003)

·         Blog: PrintBRM Error 0x80070043 workaround

·         TechNet: Deploy a 2-Node Print Cluster

·         TechNet: Print Migration Guide

·         TechNet: Print Migration Overview

·         TechNet: Print Migration Tool/Wizard

 

 

SQL Server

·         Blog: Clustering SQL Server 2008 and Server 2008

·         KB Article: How to change the network IP addresses of SQL Server failover cluster instances

·         KB Article: SQL Server 2008 Rolling Upgrades

·         MSDN: How to create a new SQL Failover Cluster

·         MSDN: SQL Upgrade Paths

·         MSDN: SQL Cluster Upgrade

·         MSDN: Upgrade Paths for SQL Server

·         MSDN: Upgrade SQL on a Failover Cluster

·         MSDN: Books Online: Maintaining a SQL Failover Cluster

·         Podcast: FAQs: HA with SQL Server 2008

·         TechNet: Database Mirroring and Failover Clustering

·         TechNet: Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005

·         TechNet:  SQL Server 2005 Database Mirroring FAQs

·         Webcast: How to cluster Microsoft SQL Server 2005 by using Microsoft Virtual Server

·         Webcast: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Failover Clustering on Windows Server 2008

·         Whitepaper: SQL Server 2008 Replication: Providing High Availability using Database Mirroring

 

 

Utilities

·         Utility: ClusPrep: Cluster Configuration Validation Wizard (2003)

·         Utility: Failover Cluster Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

·         Utility: File Server Migration Toolkit (FSMT) (2008)

·         Utility: Microsoft iSCSI Target Software available to the public!

·         Utility: NLB Management Pack for SCOM 2007 Released

·         Utility: RSAT - Remote Server Administration Tools (2008)

·         Utility: RSAT – Remote Server Administration Tools (2008 R2)