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  • Blog Post: Have a Passion for High-Availability? We are looking for new Cluster MVPs!

    Hi Cluster Fans, The MVP program is a way in which we thank active members in the Cluster and HA community for their contributions towards growing and supporting our products ( more info ). Our MVP program focuses on the Failover Clustering and Network Load Balancing technologies. We are looking...
  • 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 NLB: Part 1: Getting Started

    Hi NLB Fans, NLB provides users with various methods to manage clusters. In Windows Server 2008, there are 3 ways to manage an NLB cluster: 1. Network Load balancing Manager GUI (nlbmgr.exe) 2. NLB command line tool (Nlb.exe) 3. NLB WMI Provider (root\MicrosoftNLB namespace) In...
  • Blog Post: Cluster Resources

    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 ( http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/ ). If there is any other useful Microsoft content which you feel is missing, let us know by...
  • Blog Post: Network Load Balancing (NLB) and Virtual Machines

    Hi, A lot of people have asked about setting up NLB clusters on virtual machines. This is possible. But, there a few things to keep in mind. If you’re trying to create NLB clusters using Virtual Server Virtual Machines, before designing your solution familiarize yourself with the supported...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell for Network Load Balancing (NLB) in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Hi Cluster Fans, In Windows Server 2008 R2 (“R2”) we are introducing PowerShell as the new scripting language for clustering technologies. PowerShell with Network Load Balancing (NLB) will replace NLB.exe and WLBS.exe. The Windows Server 2008 R2 release is the last release for NLB.exe and WLBS.exe...
  • Blog Post: Clustering and HA Resources

    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 ( http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/ ). If there is any important Microsoft content which you feel is missing, let us know by clicking the...
  • Blog Post: Clustering is coming to TechEd EMEA!

    Next week the Clustering and High Availability team will be traveling to Barcelona, Spain for one of Europe’s largest IT conferences, TechEd EMEA ITPro, from November 3-7. Throughout this week we will be giving presentations, demos, chalk-talks, and instructor led labs, in addition to being available...
  • Blog Post: Help the Clustering and High Availability team with Network Load Balancing features!

    NLB users, In a previous post ( http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/archive/2008/02/15/7718003.aspx ), I requested your input on how you use NLB in your environments. Many of you responded with great information. Thank you! Thank you! Taking this a step further, the Clustering and High Availability...
  • Blog Post: Clustering is coming to TechEd!

    Hi cluster fans, From June 9 th – 13 th the cluster team will be at IP Pro TechEd in Orlando, Florida. Windows Server 2008 has been our biggest release to date and a quorum of our program managers, marketing team, and cluster MVPs will be there to educate and answer all your questions. We will...
  • Blog Post: Official Microsoft Curriculum: Implementing and Managing Windows Server 2008 Clustering

    Hi clustering fans, The Windows Server Failover Clustering Product Group is proud to announce the release of the first ever Windows Server 2008 Microsoft Official Curriculum course: Course 6423A: Implementing and Managing Windows Server 2008 Clustering The course will be available in the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Clustering Documents, Whitepapers, Webcasts, Groups

    Hi Cluster Fans, We’ve had a lot of requests for a centralized website to find clustering and high-availability information and…it’s coming soon. But in the meantime I’ll post some great resources from Microsoft’s Clustering and High-Availability team. I’ll try to update this list when we...
  • Blog Post: Clustering Events during MVP Summit

    The MVP Summit is help in Redmond and Seattle, WA on April 14th - 17th ( https://www.mvpsummit2008.com/Default.aspx ). The clustering team is planning several events and presentations over this week which are open to MVPs who have listed clustering as an interest in their MVP Summit profiles. Please...
  • Blog Post: How are you planning to upgrade your NLB clusters to W2K8?

    Windows Server 2008 is launching on February 27th. This is an extremely exciting date for all of us here in Windows Server, especially in the High Availability team. Of course, for you, this means learning about all the cool new features in this release and planning your deployment; something you might...
  • Blog Post: Wanted: A few good Clustering Program Managers!

    The clustering team is looking for two new Program Managers. Interested? Visit: www.microsoft.com/careers and search for job codes: 220546 and 220547. When you purchase something online, don’t you expect web sites to always be up and running? High availability is no longer just for banks, all successful...
  • Blog Post: Clustering Partner Blogs

    Please visit our partners’ clustering-related blogs. Clustering MVPs: Russ Kaufmann: http://msmvps.com/blogs/clusterhelp/Default.aspx Rod Fournier (Former MVP, current PFE): http://msmvps.com/blogs/clustering/Default.aspx Nail Own (German Language Blog): http://www.cluadmin...
  • Blog Post: Installing Network Load Balancing (NLB) on Windows Server 2008

    Originally published on 1/25/07, updated on 1/8/08 In Windows Server 2008, Network Load Balancing (NLB) will continue to be shipped on all platforms (x86/ x64 /ia64). The big change to NLB in Windows Server 2008 is that NLB is not installed by default. To Install NLB on Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: New Features for NLB in Windows Server 2008

    Originally published on 11/17/06, updated on 1/8/08 Major new additions in NLB Clusters for Windows Server 2008 are: 1. Support for IPv6. For port rules which used Class C affinity, with IPv6 they will use network IDs. 2. NLB driver now uses NDIS 6.0 filter driver model. 3. Multidip Support...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Clustering Team Blog!

    Hi, my name is Kurt Friedrich and I have been the Product Unit Manager for Clustering and High Availability for about 6 years. Previously, I worked at Digital Equipment on VAXclusters and also at Tandem on their clusters. I have always been a believer that computing services should never go down, and...
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