Failover Cluster OUs

I recently created a proof of concept for a client that was built into their production environment.  The POC required me to create a couple of failover clusters, so I got the names from the customer, and created them... like I'd done a thousand times before. Several weeks went by and the customer called me … Continue reading Failover Cluster OUs

Help! Where is my Client Access Point?

So you are building a Scale Out File Server (SoFS).  You are all happy because you read one of my articles (or POSSIBLY someone else's... but really, why would you hurt me like that?) and you know you are good to go.  You have your cluster, you have your drives, and you have created your … Continue reading Help! Where is my Client Access Point?

Broken Cluster? Clear it up.

Three years ago I wrote an article about cleaning up nodes of clusters that had been corrupted and destroyed (See Cluster Issues… how to clean out cluster nodes from destroyed clusters).  Unfortunately the cluster command has been deprecated in Windows Server 2012 R2, so we need to go to PowerShell… which frankly is where we … Continue reading Broken Cluster? Clear it up.

Cluster-Aware Updates: Be Aware!

When I started evangelizing Windows Server 2012 for Microsoft, there was a long list of features that I was always happy to point to.  There are a few of them that I have never really gone into detail on, that I am currently working with.  Hopefully these articles will help you. Cluster Aware Updates (CAU) … Continue reading Cluster-Aware Updates: Be Aware!

Cluster Issues… how to clean out cluster nodes from destroyed clusters

There are things that you just shouldn’t do in real life.  While many of them involve cold lamp posts and electric sockets, there are many in the IT field that inexperienced pros do that are avoidable, but once done seemingly impossible to recover from. I came across one such issue some time ago when resetting … Continue reading Cluster Issues… how to clean out cluster nodes from destroyed clusters

A Gotcha For iSCSI Software Target Users

Having built and rebuilt several demo environments with Failover Clustering using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3, there is one gotcha that you have to be careful of: Make sure that you leave at least one domain controller un-clustered, and not stored on the Software SAN. Here’s the deal: Microsoft Failover Clustering requires Active Directory … Continue reading A Gotcha For iSCSI Software Target Users

Creating a Highly Available Virtual Machine (Video)

In the past few months I have written a great deal about creating Failover Clusters for Hyper-V virtual environments.  In this video I will demonstrate how we take a regular virtual machine created in Hyper-V Manager and make it highly available. The first step that is not recorded in the video is to place the … Continue reading Creating a Highly Available Virtual Machine (Video)

IT Pro Connection & the TechNet Flash

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft released Microsoft iSCSI Software Target for download, and I was thrilled.  I immediately decided to write about it, but before publishing what would end up the first of three articles, I decided to ping my buddy Rick Claus, IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft Canada, and ask him if he … Continue reading IT Pro Connection & the TechNet Flash