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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: Validating a Cluster with Zero Downtime

    Hi Cluster Fans, As you may already know, the requirements for having a supported cluster have been significantly simplified since the release of Windows Server 2008. There is no longer a need to have every component in the configuration listed in the Windows Server catalog as any commodity hardware...
  • 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?...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell for Failover Clustering: Getting Started

    Hi Cluster Fans, Amongst the long list of features that is being added in Windows Server R2, Clustering team is also providing a set of PowerShell cmdlets (“command-lets”) to manage your Failover Cluster. Hopefully this is not news for most cluster administrators as we have publishing information...
  • Blog Post: Share Subdirectories, Where Hast Thou Gone?

    You may have noticed that in Windows Server 2008 that the "Share Subdirectories" option for file shares on a Failover Cluster has been removed...why would we do that? First off, let's take a stroll down memory lane and talk about the history of this feature and how it came to be... Let's timewarp...
  • 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: What happened to the Cluster Service Account?

    Before Windows Server 2008, the cluster required the use of a Cluster Service Account (CSA). This was a domain user under whose credentials the cluster service, as well as cluster resources, ran. The CSA presented some problems, the most obvious of which was requiring administrators to rotate this password...
  • 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: New Whitepaper: Failover Clustering with AD Certificate Services in Server 2008

    Hi cluster fans, A new whitepaper was release this week describing how to set up, configure and troubleshoot Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering. With Windows Server 2003 and earlier versions, organizations had to deploy multiple certification...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Failover Clustering Information Portal

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/clustering-home.aspx Hi Cluster Fans, For a long time we’ve been asked for a centralize location to find all of your clustering information – and it is here! This easy-to-use website offers information about our products, programs and resources...
  • 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: Cluster Team is Hiring!

    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 companies must be up and ready for business 24x7. Does meeting that need with Windows technologies excite you? Are you passionate about driving one...
  • 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: Adding Disk to Cluster

    Windows Cluster 2008 provides multiple ways of adding a disk to an existing cluster. This article will walk you through all the available choices. Some Fundamentals: Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering (WSFC) supports both GPT and MBR disks. There now exists a core resource group called “Available...
  • 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: How do YOU use NLB?

    Hi, My name is Ahmed Bisht. I’m a program manager on the Clustering and High Availability group at Microsoft. Along with a couple of areas of ownership on the failover clustering side, I’m responsible for Network Load Balancing (NLB). In an effort to get closer to our NLB customers, my first post...
  • Blog Post: New Blog from a Clustering MVP

    Check out this new blog by MVP Edwin van Mierlo. He plans to focus on logging, supportability, and troubleshooting. Edwin's blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/edwinvanmierlo/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: IT Manager Webcast: Delivering High Availability to Your Infrastructure (Level 100)

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032365516&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US IT M anager Webcast: Delivering High Availability to Your Infrastructure (Level 100) Event ID: 1032365516 Register Online Language: English Product: Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Cluster Resource Dependency Expressions

    Cluster resource dependencies used to be a fairly limited relationship. A resource could depend on one or more resources (we call them “provider” resources in the context of the dependency relationship). This dependency relationship was an “and” relationship, in that the dependent resource R depends...
  • 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: Backing up and Recovering the Failover Cluster Configuration Database

    For my first post here, I thought I’d talk about backing up and recovering the Failover Cluster configuration database. For Windows Server 2008, Failover Clustering’s backup and restore code was revamped to fit into the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) framework. Now Failover Clusters can be backed up...
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