Removing a Mount Point Disk from a Cluster Group

Hello everyone. Today’s post is going to cover the steps needed to follow should you ever have to remove a ‘Physical Disk’ resource from a clustered service or application where that disk is configured as a mount point. Removing a disk from a group may be needed if the application no longer requires the storage… Read more

Windows Server 2012 General Availability

On September 4th, Microsoft announced general availability of Windows Server 2012. In a global online launch event Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft Server and Tools Business, announced the general availability of Windows Server 2012. In his keynote speech, Nadella described how Windows Server 2012 is a cornerstone of the Cloud OS, which provides one consistent… Read more

How to Failover the ‘Cluster Group’ and ‘Available Storage” Cluster Groups

One question I get asked a lot working with our customers is how to failover the ‘Cluster Group’ and ‘Available Storage’ groups? Under the covers, those two groups are still just groups like any other you’d see under ‘Services and Applications’ in Failover Cluster Manager. We just didn’t expose through the GUI, a way to… Read more

“Partitioned” Cluster Networks

With Failover Cluster and the quorum models used, the concept of votes is used to determine which subset of nodes survives should one group of nodes lose connectivity with another group of nodes in the same cluster. In this example, we’re using a ‘Node Majority’ quorum model and two sites separated by a WAN link… Read more

Cluster Disk May Fail to Online and Run ChkDsk when a Backslash ‘’ or Forwardslash ‘/’ is used in the Resource Name

We wanted to do a quick write-up on an issue we’ve seen in rare circumstances with 2008 R2 clusters where a ‘Physical Disk’ resource may fail to come online with no events logged in the system event log. Issue They symptoms of this issue is that the disk will show in a ‘failed’ state in… Read more

Announcing Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start Training Videos!

Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event – Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals.  We are thrilled to announce availability of the HD-quality video recordings – FREE – on TechNet Edge and soon coming to MS Showcase, the Zune Marketplace, iTunes!  Additionally, every module will be made available (with assessment questions)… Read more

Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals – Free Online Classes – March 29 – 31

Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft virtualization technology pros.  Registration for “Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals” is open now and will be delivered as a FREE online class on March 29-31, 2010 from 10:00am-4:00pm PDT…. Read more

Fixes for Issues with Windows R2 / Windows 7 SP1

Hello everyone. With SP1 almost ready to be available to the general public, I thought I’d send out a quick e-mail with a couple issues we’re seen and their resolutions. Issue: RSAT tools will not install after installing SP1 Remediation: The new version of the RSAT tools will be released in April. We have content… Read more

Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 has Released!

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 has shipped. Here’s the bottom line: Volume Licensed, MSDN and TechNet subscribers get access February 16. All customers get access February 22 through Windows Update and direct download The Windows Server team has information on SP1 here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2011/02/09/windows-server-2008-r2-and-windows-7-sp1-releases-to-manufacturing-today.aspx Technical information on the service pack can be found… Read more