New KB articles for 1/27-2/2

Here are the weeks KB articles for our team.  I also have added some that aren’t directly related, but still interesting all the same. KB Title 947682 The DPM protection agent service cannot start in System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 945399 A network adapter is automatically reinstalled after you uninstall the network adapter in… Read more

Troubleshooting Cluster Logs 101 – Why did the resources failover to the other node?

  The most popular question everyone asks themselves before calling Microsoft Customer Service and Support (CSS) for assistance in determining a Root Cause Analysis be done.                        Why did the resources failover to the other node?   Some times a Root Cause Analysis for a Failover Cluster can be very time consuming, especially if it’s a… Read more

New KB articles for 1/20 – 1/26

Here are the new KB articles that are specific to our team.  I would like to try to share these as they accumulate.  Thanks. KB Title 947248 You cannot access the contents of a virtual CD-ROM drive in a Windows Vista virtual machine in VMware Workstation 5.0 947466 Error message when you run the “sysprep… Read more

IRPStackSize and Clusters.

What is IRPStackSize? IRPStackSize stands for I/O Request Packets (IRPs) Stack Size. The count of IRP stack locations used by default for AFD (Ancillary function driver). Specifies how many stack locations the Server service (srv.sys) establishes for I/O Request Packets (IRPs). On some Windows Server 2003 RTM/SP1/R2/SP2 Failover Clusters, it might be necessary to increase… Read more

We Are Hiring!!

At Microsoft, we’re working toward a future where everyone’s potential can be fulfilled. What about yours? We offer opportunities around the world to make an impact with the next generation of technology we’re building today. We invite you to explore, dream big and learn more about what we can offer you. Do you want to… Read more

10 Cool new things to look forward to in Failover Clustering in Windows 2008

10. Improved maintenance mode for disk resources. Need to take a snapshot of a disk or run chkdsk? Now the cluster will allow you to keep the resource online but unavailable for client use. What this means? No more downtime or reboots to do disk maintenance. 9. No more cluster HCL. We got rid of… Read more

The Blog Backlog

While we try to provide you with information we feel is valuable, it is impossible for us to cover everything. So we wanted to share a list of some of the other blogs that we read on a daily basis. Data Protection Manager specific blog Blogs from our Escalation Engineers about debugging Virtualization blogs Consulting… Read more

Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Public Content

Here is a listing of the public content currently available on the Microsoft site for Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering.  Of particular note is the new troubleshooting information which contains a listing of common error messages you may run into and some recommended troubleshooting steps you can take before ever having to consult with a… Read more

Using System File Checker (SFC) To Fix Issues

Both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include the System File Checker (SFC) tool. Previous operating systems included this tool also. This discussion is specific to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. If you would like more information on previous operating systems see the following KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310747. SFC scans and checks all Windows Resource… Read more

Yes, you CAN run Windows on your Mac!

Yes, that’s right, running Windows on a Mac.  This isn’t new to those of us who have been using virtualization, but with the introduction of the Intel-based Macs, users have a whole new area to explore running Windows or Windows based applications. For virtualization, there were many options to run on the older Mac OS… Read more