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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Storage Migration for Cluster Managed Virtual Machines

    Storage migration is a new feature in Windows 8 Server that allows moving the files for a virtual machine (VM) to a new location while the VM is running. For example, suppose your VM’s files are currently on a SAN volume, but the SAN storage device is being retired. A new SAN is deployed and...
  • 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: Free Clustering & HA Training for Hyper-V & Private Cloud

    Next Tuesday, December 6 th from 8am-11am PST, we are offering a free training: Failover Clustering with Hyper-V: Designing a Highly-Available Infrastructure for the Private Cloud Register here: http://mctreadiness.com/MicrosoftCareerConferenceRegistration.aspx?pid=287 Join Symon Perriman (Technical...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization & Clustering Exam Training

    On Thursday December 1 st and Wednesday January 11 th , Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and Technical Instructor Philip Helsel will host an online 8-hour deep dive training event for the Microsoft 70-659 Technical Specialist exam, Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization . This virtual event...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Career Training Opportunities

    Virtualization Career Training On Tuesday, October 4 th Technical Evangelists Symon Perriman and Rick Claus are hosting an online conference on Virtualization Career Training with Microsoft Learning. This half day virtual event (8am – 11am PST) will offer a Level 100 to 200 introduction for...
  • 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: Announcing Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start Training Videos!

    Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event – Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals . We are thrilled to announce availability of the HD-quality video recordings – FREE – on TechNet Edge and soon coming to MS Showcase, the Zune Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Hyper-V Virtual Machine (VM) Failover Policies

    In this blog I will discuss the behavior of the failure policies for a highly available Hyper-V virtual machine running on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster. For the most part, cluster failover policies are generic and apply to all workloads on a cluster, whether it is SQL, a File Server, etc...
  • Blog Post: Clustering & High-Availability at TechEd Europe

    Hi Cluster Fans, In a few weeks the cluster team will be presenting at TechEd Europe from November 8-12 in Berlin, Germany. Additionally, several partner teams and Cluster MVPs will also be delivering high-availability sessions. Throughout the week, the team will be staffing the cluster booth,...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Network Load Balancing (NLB) and Virtual Machines on Windows Server 2008 R2

    When running NLB as a Virtual Machine (VM) guest using Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V you need to be aware of some specific configurations settings in Hyper-V host prior to configuring NLB. In Hyper-V, the VM host prevents dynamic MAC address updates as an extra layer of security in the datacenter...
  • 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: Microsoft Site Recovery Solutions Featuring Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering

    Hi cluster fans, This week Microsoft is launching an end-to-end solution to help customers deploy integrated Site Recovery Solutions ( http://blogs.technet.com/virtplanet/ ). This launch shows how Microsoft and partners like HP, EMC, HDS, NetApp, DataCore, DoubleTake and SteelEye are leveraging...
  • 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: 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: 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: Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV): Disk Ownership

    Hi cluster fans, In Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering we have incorporated a significant architectural innovation called Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV), which functions as a distributed-access file system optimized for Hyper-V. This means that any node in a cluster can access the shared storage...
  • 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: Clustering Docs, Blogs & Webcasts

    Hi Cluster Fans, The cluster team has been busy working on some great new features for Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2. Meanwhile our friends have written some great blog posts which you may find interesting. Thanks, Symon Perriman Program Manager Clustering & High Availability...
  • 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...
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