So what does Cluster Recovery actually recover anyway?

The Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit introduced a handy, easy-to-use utility that even warranted its own download link on Microsoft.com/downloads. However the name “Cluster Recovery” can lead to misunderstanding and taken at face value makes quite a bold statement. So what exactly does this handy utility actually recover? ClusterRecovery.exe in fact performs two completely independent… Read more

Symptom based cluster disk failure troubleshooting

One of the most common issues with Windows Failover clustering deals with the storage attached to the cluster. This post is meant to give a very high-level overview to disk troubleshooting methodologies and how to narrow down the source of problems even before any logs or diagnostic data is gathered. This post will deal particularly… Read more

How to set up Windows Deployment Services on 2003 SP2 Servers for Installs of Windows 2003 and XP

Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003 (“W2K3” in this post) includes Windows Deployment Services (“WDS”). WDS replaces Remote Installation Services (“RIS”) on W2K3 SP1 and Windows 2000 servers. Upgrading from RIS to WDS is NOT covered here (see: Windows Deployment Services Update Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Server 2003 on TechNet Below is how to… Read more

Welcome to CSS Core Team blog site!

This is a brand new blog site dedicated to the specialty technologies supported by the Microsoft CSS Server Core teams. Topics in this blog will cover the following: Backup & restore Windows Failover Clustering Windows OS installation Data Protection Manager Storage Virtual Server/PC Deployment No boot and fail to boot scenarios Hardware We look forward… Read more