Offline Files and Continuous Availability: the monstrous union you should not consecrate

Hi all, Ned here again with a quick chat about mixing Continuous Availability and Offline Files. As you know, we have several public docs recommending against combining CA and Client Side Caching (aka CSC aka Offline Files) because when users attempt to go offline, it will take up to six minutes. This usually leads to… Read more

To scale out or not to scale out, that is the question

Hi folks, Ned here again. If Shakespeare had run Windows, Hamlet would be a play about configuring failover clusters for storage. Today I discuss the Scale-Out File Server configuration and why general use file server clustered shares may still have a place in your environment. These two types of Windows file servers have different goals… Read more

Going to TechEd Australia?

If so, I’ll see you there for my two sessions. DFSR has been hitting the gym SMB 3 is the answer There are still a few days left to register if you live upside down. Based on the available evidence, all the attendees should look something like this: Come by and say hi! – Ned… Read more

Starting with Cluster-Aware Updating: Self-Updating

In previous releases of Windows, the server updating tools (e.g. WSUS) did not factor in the fact that a group of servers could be members of a highly-available cluster. As failover clusters are all about high availability of services hosted on the cluster, one would almost never patch all cluster nodes at the same time…. Read more