Windows 2008 R2 cluster validation shows installed updates as missing

Symptom: Customer has installed a Hyper-V Cluster. The host os is Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1. When he runs cluster validation wizard, the wizard shows lots of missing updates, however those updates are already in SP1 package. When he checks for updates from Windows Update, no new updates are detected. He is unable to…

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How to Configure Antivirus Software on a Cluster

Enterprise solutions are becoming more and more complex as companies develop different hardware technologies and businesses require such programs as mandatory antivirus software or quota management software. Microsoft does not provide many of these components. Typically, third-party software or hardware manufacturers provide them. Below are two articles that can provide you with some tips for…


Latest Hotfix Adds Two New Features to Cluster

File Share Witness The file share witness feature is an improvement to the current Majority Node Set (MNS) quorum model. This feature lets you use a file share that is external to the cluster as an additional “vote” to determine the status of the cluster in a two-node MNS quorum cluster deployment. Consider a two-node…

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Planning Fault Tolerance and Avoidance for Cluster

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, and especially Advanced Server with its clustering support, provides an excellent environment in which to build a truly fault-tolerant system. Of course, avoiding the faults in the first place is even better than handling them once they’ve happened, but the realistic system administrator knows that a problem will occur sooner or…

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Server Clusters: Storage Best Practices for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003

   Storage configuration is the key part of a successful cluster deployment. This white paper introduce the storage types, storage features in Windows 2003, hardware based storage, storage tools and services, backup and restore, storage management and the existing Knowledge Base articles for storage. Reading the white paper before deploying a cluster will help reduce the chances…

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Backup and Recovery Best Practices for Windows Server 2003

Server Cluster is a Microsoft technology to provide high availability on Windows platform. Though Server Cluster is very stable, it’s always recommended to have a backup in case any unexpected incidents occur, such as power outages or storage corruption. Please refer to the article below for how to back up and restore Sever Cluster in…

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Configuring a Highly Available Print Server Cluster

Summary: This guide provides step-by-step instructions for creating and configuring a highly available print server on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition operating systems. These print servers use a typical, single quorum device, multi-node server cluster that uses a shared disk. A server cluster is a group of independent…

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