Offline Files: Groan!

You’ve configured Folder Redirection in Group Policy, and it works as expected… as long as you are connected to the network.  As soon as you disconnect, things stop working.  That may be a real inconvenience if you are redirecting your Photos, but if you have redirected your Desktop folder to a network share, there is... Continue Reading →

Hyper-V Server Clustering Network Issue: Validation Failed?

If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times... When you build a Failover Cluster on Windows Server make sure you run the Validation Tests... and make sure those tests succeed (or at the very least nothing FAILS... Warnings are acceptable). So as I sit at a client trying to cluster two Hyper-V... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Failover Clustering: Let’s spread the Hyper-V love across hosts!

This article was originally published on the Canadian IT Pro Connection. Some veteran IT Pros hear the term ‘Microsoft Clustering’ and their hearts start racing.  That’s because once upon a time Microsoft Cluster Services was very difficult and complicated.  In Windows Server 2008 it became much easier, and in Windows Server 2012 it is now... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Busting the Myth: You cannot cluster Windows Small Business Server

Microsoft created Windows Small Business Server as a one-box solution for companies that did not need more.  It has always been a hobbled product, based on Windows Server Standard, but limited in things like domain trusts, FSMO roles, and more. Of course even if it were based on Windows Server Enterprise, the idea of creating... Continue Reading →

Server Core, Target, and Initiator: Commanding them to work!

Many of you (thousands, impressively!) read the three articles that I wrote in April for Microsoft Canada about Microsoft’s Software iSCSI Target 3.3.  If you didn’t, you can read them all now by clicking below: All for SAN and SAN for All Creating a SAN using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Creating HA VMs for... Continue Reading →

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