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  • Blog Post: Understanding the Repair Active Directory Object Recovery Action

    One of the responsibilities of cluster Network Name resource is to rotate the password of the computer object in Active Directory associated with it. When the Network Name resource is online, it will rotate the password according to domain and local machine policy (which is 30 days by default). If...
  • Blog Post: Free Online Training: Understanding Microsoft's High-Availability Solutions

    Hi Cluster Fans, We recently launched the free & public Microsoft Virtual Academy ( www.MicrosoftVirtualAcademy.com ). This training portal offers quick and easy access to presentations, webcasts, whitepapers and other technical content about Microsoft’s technologies. This week we just...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Upcoming Cluster & Hyper-V Training for User Groups

    Hi Cluster Fans, On Thursday, July 14 th 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...
  • Blog Post: Trouble Connecting to Cluster Nodes? Check WMI!

    A frequent cluster network connection issue we see happens when the cluster cannot use WMI. WMI is Windows Management Instrumentation, which is an interface through which Windows components can provide information and notifications to each other, often between remote computers ( more info about WMI ...
  • Blog Post: Recommended Partner Blog Posts: Mapping Cluster.exe to PowerShell, PowerShell for iSCSI & Storage Server 2008 R2 RTM!

    Hi Cluster Fans, We wanted to let you know about some great cluster-related blog posts that Jose Barreto, a Program Manager on the File & Storage team, has recently published. Mapping Cluster.exe Commands to Windows PowerShell Cmdlets for Failover Clusters - Extended Edition Link:...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Density Flexibility in Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering

    Hi Cluster Fans, Recently Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering has changed the support statement for the maximum number of Virtual Machines (VMs) that can be hosted on a failover cluster from 64 VMs per node to 1,000 VMs per cluster . This article reflects the new policy in Hyper-V: Using...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webcasts: Clustering & High-Availability

    Hi Cluster Fans, Over the next few weeks the cluster team is offering a series of public TechNet webcasts focusing on Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2. High Availability Server Apps with Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clusters Link: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails...
  • Blog Post: R2 Print Cluster? Get this Hotfix! KB 976571

    Hi Cluster Fans, Many of you use Failover Clustering to prov ide high-availability to your print servers to ensure that the print spooler resource stays up and running. We have recently released a Rollup Hotfix specific to print clustering which contains several fixes to improve the stability of...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell for Failover Clustering: Creating Highly Available Workloads

    Hi Clustering PowerShell Scripters, One of the things we’ve provided in Failover Clustering PowerShell is a set of CMDlets to easily create highly available workloads in a cluster. PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-Command -Module FailoverClusters | ?{ $_.Name -like "Add-Cluster*Role" } CommandType...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Disks with Windows Server Failover Clustering

    Since Failover Clustering traditionally requires shared storage (you could also use hardware or software replication between nodes), we get a lot of questions about which shared storage types we support. Windows Server Failover Clustering has a very flexible storage model that allows a wide variety of...
  • Blog Post: Copying VHDs onto a CSV Disk? Use the Coordinator Node!

    With Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) one of the nodes in the cluster is responsible for synchronization of access to files on a shared volume. This is the node which currently owns the cluster ‘Physical Disk’ resource associated with that LUN, which is referred to as the Coordinator node. Each...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Help Online & Management Pack Updates for Failover Clustering & NLB

    Hi Cluster Fans, We have added Windows Server 2008 R2 PowerShell help on TechNet and have updated our Management Packs to support 2008 R2 for System Center Operation Manager (SCOM), for both Failover Clustering and Network Load Balancing. PowerShell Help Online With PowerShell help online...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell for Failover Clustering: Finding the Drive Letter

    Hi cluster scripting fans, I often find myself looking for the drive letter(s) for a physical disk resource in a PowerShell console/script. After a bit of investigation, here is a way to do that using Cluster WMI through PowerShell: $DiskResourceName = "Cluster Disk 2" $DiskResource =...
  • Blog Post: Clustered Hyper-V Upgrades from Server 2008 to Server 2008 R2

    Hi Cluster Fans, We’ve just published documentation describing the upgrade path for clustered VMs on 2008 Failover Clusters to 2008 R2 Failover Clusters. Hyper-V Upgrades: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957256 [Update: 11/12/09] A new cluster migration guide has been published which describes...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Configuring a Generic Script Resource

    Hi, In recent posts I discussed how to create and configure Generic Applications and Generic Services . In this post I will talk about creating the third of our generic containers, Generic Scripts. What is Generic Script Resource Type? The Generic Script resource type allows us to achieve...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell for Failover Clustering: Let’s Rename a Few Things

    Hi Cluster fans, In this blog post, I’ll walk you through how to rename a couple of objects in your failover clusters using the new PowerShell CMDlets we’ve introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2. Trying to rename a cluster group in the GUI is easy, just right-click on the group, rename, enter the...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell for Failover Clustering: Changing Values of a Cluster Object

    Hi, This post will discuss changing values of cluster objects using PowerShell in Windows Server 2008 R2. For resources and other components in a cluster, every cluster object has properties (common property). Parameters (private properties) are optional and a cluster object may or may not have...
  • Blog Post: Failover Clustering Performance Counters - Part 1

    Hi Cluster Fans, In Windows Server 2008 R2 we have added performance counters for Failover Clustering. Performance counters are like meters you have on some devices in your house. For instance, your electrical or water meter tracks what utilities you have consumed or your thermometer shows you the...
  • Blog Post: Resource Group Management Enhancements in 2008 R2 Failover Clustering – Part 2

    Hi, The first post in this series looked at two changes that have been implemented in Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering to improve group distribution and resource load balancing amongst nodes, so that each node is more likely to receive an equal number of groups after certain events (such...
  • Blog Post: Resource Group Management Enhancements in 2008 R2 Failover Clustering – Part 1

    In Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering, some changes have been made and new features added with regard to group placement and resource load balancing. These changes make it easier to manage clustered Hyper-V virtual machines, as well as other clustered roles, so that they are hosted on the best...
  • Blog Post: What is RHS and what does it do?

    In Window Server 2008 Failover Clustering, the team invested significant time into making clustering easier. In the Windows Server 2008 R2 release we have continued down that path, adding several troubleshooting enhancements. One of the important aspects of troubleshooting a service outage is doing...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Remoting and the “Double-Hop” Problem

    The “Double-Hop” Problem Most of the newly added PowerShell cmdlets (“command-lets”) in Windows Server 2008 R2 allow easy remote execution by including the -Cluster parameter to indicate the target cluster. However there are occasions when this capability cannot be used for different reasons, such...
  • Blog Post: Rolling Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 SP2 Failover Clustering

    Hi Cluster Fans, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is now available for download on the web! This blog post will walk you through performing a “rolling upgrade” from Windows Server 2008 RTM to Windows Server 2008 SP2. A rolling upgrade allows you to progressively upgrade your cluster nodes...
  • Blog Post: Deploying IIS on a Failover Cluster

    Hi cluster fans , Our general recommendation for achieving high-availability of Internet Information Services (IIS) servers is by using Network Load Balancing (NLB) since the servers tend to be hosts for stateless requests – a customer will visit a website, access content, then leave, and it doesn...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell for Failover Clustering: Frequently Asked Questions & Enabling CSV

    Hi, Today I’m going to talk a little more about PowerShell by answering some of the frequently asked questions I hear. 1) Why is PowerShell better? 2) How do I get started using PowerShell? 3) Where are the properties? 4) Where are the private properties? 5) How do I enable CSV?...
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