Rights needed for user account to create a Cluster Name Object (CNO) on Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster

As discussed in previous blogs and articles, there is no longer a Cluster Service account in Failover Clustering. However, there are still some rights needed in Active Directory. The rights of the logged on user and the Cluster Name Object are part of these rights. This blog is only going to cover the rights of… Read more

Cluster Migration Wizard, is this the only way to migrate shares on a Cluster?

As everyone should know by now, the way to get your Windows 2003 Cluster Server to Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 Failover Clustering is by doing a migration to the new cluster.  So let’s say we have a Windows 2003 Cluster running as a File Server and we are going to be using new hardware… Read more

Deleting a Cluster resource? Do it the supported way

The purpose of this posting is to explain the supportability of removing resources on a Cluster Server.  We have seen an increase lately with users manually deleting resources from the Cluster registry and I wanted to say that this is unsupported by Microsoft.  Doing this can cause issues with your Clusters and I wanted to… Read more

Why is my Failover Clustering node blue screening with a Stop 0x0000009E?

John Marlin here from the Windows Cluster Support Team again and today I want to talk about the Stop 0x0000009E and hang detection in Windows Server 2008, 2008R2, or 2012 Failover Clustering. Just to set some expectations for the blog, I am not going to tell you exactly what the problem is, I am more going… Read more

Active Route Gets Removed on Windows 2008 Failover Cluster IP Address Offline

We have received calls adding static routes on Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering nodes and wanted to pass along some important information regarding this.  The issue is that when you add a static persistent route to a network adapter that is on a Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster and take a Clustered IP Address offline… Read more

What is a Microsoft Failover Cluster Virtual Adapter anyway?

What is a Microsoft Failover Cluster Virtual Adapter anyway? A question often asked is, “What is the Microsoft Cluster Virtual Adapter and what can I do with it?” The typical, and correct answer, is to leave it alone and let it just work for you. While that answer satisfies most, others may want just a… Read more

Sorting out some myths and facts concerning Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering

You may be wondering why, at this point in time, we are publishing a blog such as this. That is a good question, but the answer is rather straightforward – because even though Windows Server 2008 has been out for awhile now, we are starting to see an increase in the number of customers starting… Read more

How can I find out why the Cluster Resource Monitor dumped – Possible Deadlock

Hello, my name is John Marlin, and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Microsoft Platform Cluster Services Support team.  I wanted to talk about the Windows 2003 Cluster Resource Monitor along with what happens when it crashes as well as how to debug it to find out why it crashed. We need to… Read more

How can I find out why the Cluster Resource Monitor dumped? – Access Violation

The purpose of this posting is to provide information about the Windows 2003 Cluster Resource Monitor, along with what happens when it crashes as well as how to debug it to find out why it crashed. But first, we need you to understand what the Cluster Resource Monitor is and does. This information below, is… Read more