Failover Clustering and Active Directory Integration

My name is Ram Malkani and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on Microsoft’s Windows Core team. I am writing to discuss how Failover Clustering is integrated with Active Directory on Windows Servers. Windows Server Failover Clustering, has always had a very strong and cohesive attachment with the Active Directory. We made considerable changes to… Read more

Windows XP support ending April 8, 2014

I’m sure you already know this, but if you don’t, XP Support Ends on April 8th, 2014.  That is 15 days from this post.  Below are a couple of links that will give you more information on moving forward: Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ends Support is ending soon <SNIP from the second link… Read more

What’s New in Windows Servicing: Part 1

My name is Aditya and I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer for Microsoft on the Windows Core Team. I am writing today to shed some light on a the new changes that have been made to the Windows Servicing Stack in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. This is a 4 part series:… Read more

Configuring Windows Failover Cluster Networks

In this blog, I will discuss the overall general practices to be considered when configuring networks in Failover Clusters. Avoid single points of failure: Identifying single points of failure and configuring redundancy at every point in the network is very critical to maintain high availability. Redundancy can be maintained by using multiple independent networks or… Read more

LIVE: Microsoft Virtual Federal Forum

For the first time, the 2014 Virtual Federal Forum, will be streamed LIVE from the Reagan Center in Washington, DC! This online digital experience will be completely hybrid, focused on Real Impact for a Lean and Modern Federal Governmentand will showcase innovative and cost effective solutions to unleash greater capabilities within agencies, while helping simplify… Read more

What's New in Defrag for Windows Server 2012/2012R2

Hello everyone, I am Palash Acharyya, Support Escalation Engineer with the Microsoft Platforms Core team. In the past decade, we have come a long way from Windows Server 2003 to all the way to Windows Server 2012R2. There has been a sea-change in the overall Operating System as a whole, and we have added/modified a… Read more

RAP as a Service (RaaS) from Microsoft Services Premier Support

In this post, I’m excited to discuss a new Premier Support offering called Risk Assessment Program (RAP) as a Service (or RaaS for short). For those that are not familiar with RAP, it is a Microsoft Services Premier Support offering that helps prevent serious issues from occurring by analyzing the health and risks present in… Read more

FREE online event: Virtualizing Your Data Center with Hyper-V and System Center

Virtualizing Your Data Center with Hyper-V and System CenterFree online event with live Q&A:, February 19th from 9am – 5pm PST What: Fast-paced live virtual session  Cost: Free Audience: IT Pro Prerequisites: For IT pros new to virtualization or with some experience and looking for best practices. If you’re new to virtualization, or if… Read more

Top Tips from “Tip of the Day”

The following links are for the top four tips from the ‘Tip of the Day’ blog during the month of January. NOTE: Tip of the Day is a random daily tip. The idea behind it harkens back to something I started when I was first hired at Microsoft.  I told myself,… Read more

How to add a Pass-through disk to a Highly Available Virtual Machine running on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster

I was recently asked how to add a Pass-through disk to a Highly Available VM running on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster. I tested the steps I was accustomed to for Windows Server 2008 and found the Disk to be in a ReadOnly state in the VM. As it turns out there are… Read more