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  • Blog Post: Free Private Cloud Training: Are you ready for the Microsoft Private Cloud?

    On February 21 & 22 Microsoft Learning is running a 2-day virtual training event to help the world learn about the upcoming enhancements with the Creating & Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start . It is 100% free and open to the public , so register now! Sign up today...
  • 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: Understanding Quorum in a Failover Cluster

    Hi Cluster Fans, This blog post will clarify planning considerations around quorum in a Failover Cluster and answer some of the most common questions we hear. The quorum configuration in a failover cluster determines the number of failures that the cluster can sustain while still remaining online...
  • 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: Clustering & High-Availability at TechEd 2010

    Hi, The Clustering team is coming to TechEd New Orleans from June 7-10! Sign up now at: http://northamerica.msteched.com/ In addition to many technical presentation, t he team will be manning the Cluster Booth (Orange - WSV - 7) throughout the week, so please stop by to ask your...
  • 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: High-Availability Education from Hyper-V and Exchange

    Hi cluster fans, Our partners on the Exchange and Hyper-V team have recently published some great resources to improve your high-availability knowledge. Hyper-V: Free Training Microsoft is offering some free training for Hyper-V which includes modules on HA and Failover Clustering. ...
  • 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: Clustering is coming to TechEd L.A.

    Hi Cluster Fans, The Clustering & High-Availability team will be coming to TechEd, Los Angeles in May ( website ). We hope some of you can see our sessions and demo Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2 as a Hands-on-Lab. The cluster team will include Steven Ekren (Senior Program Manager...
  • Blog Post: Clustering Webcasts for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Cluster Beginners

    Hi cluster fans, We have some upcoming webcasts covering both introductory material and R2 features. If you’re new to clustering and want to learn more, our beginners webcasts will give you a solid foundation. If you want to know more about Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2 (code name...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) in Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering

    Hi cluster fans, By now you have probably heard of the new architectural innovation being brought to Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2 known as Cluster Shared Volumes, or CSV. CSV functions as a distributed-access file system optimized for Hyper-V. A comparison would be to a clustered...
  • 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: PowerShell for Failover Clustering 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 Failover Clustering will replace Cluster.exe and the Windows Server 2008 R2 release will be the deprecation release for Cluster.exe. This means...
  • 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: Migration Options for Hardware with Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008

    Hi Cluster Fans, Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 no longer supports the traditional “rolling upgrade” which you may be familiar with from Windows Server 2003. This has given the impression that you will not be able to reuse your hardware. That is not true – with clustering’s built-in...
  • Blog Post: Cluster Validate Error for Duplicate IP Addresses? Teredo may be the Culprit!

    Hi Cluster Fans, We’ve been seeing an increasing number of questions about a specific error in Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering using the ‘Validate a Configuration’ Wizard (‘Validate’). This error is fairly common and very easy to fix and I’m going to show you how. But first, a little background...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Failover Clustering in 2008? . . . What isn’t new!

    Now that Failover Clustering deployments on Windows Server 2008 are growing, and our customers are spreading the word about how easy it is, we’re getting an increasing number of questions about “what’s new in 2008?” The short answer is – pretty much everything! We’ve enhanced virtually every component...
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