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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals – Free Online Classes - March 29-31

    Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMWare and Microsoft virtualization technology pros. Registration for “ Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals ” is open...
  • 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: Guest Failover Clustering with VMware

    This blog discusses running a Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) in a virtual machine (VM) on top of a VMware host. Running a cluster in a virtualized environment is commonly referred to as "Guest Clustering". Guest Clustering provides two key values: 1. Application Health Monitoring – Enables...
  • 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: 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: Failover Clustering with Hyper-V – Deployment Options

    Hi cluster fans, The Cluster Program Management team recently returned from one of our biggest industry events and the second most popular question was “What is the best way to deploy Hyper-V with Failover Clustering?” (The most popular question being “What’s new in 2008 Failover Clustering” –...
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