Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster

I paid a customer a visit a while ago and was requested to assist with a SQL Server Failover Cluster issue they were experiencing.  They had internally transferred the case from the SQL team to folks who look after the Windows Server platform as they could not pick up anything relating to SQL during initial…

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Most Common Mistakes in Active Directory and Domain Services – Part 1

As a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft, I encounter new challenges on a daily basis. Every customer has its own uniqueness, and each environment is different from the other. And yet, there are several things I repeatedly encounter over and over again. Common mistakes that IT administrators make because lack of knowledge or changes…


Publish Your Home Internet Connection IP Address Using Azure Blobs- Part 2

This is part 2 of a hack to publish your Home Internet Connection IP Address to Azure. Please check part 1 of the article here https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/meamcs/2018/12/23/publish-your-home-internet-connection-ip-address-using-azure-blobs-part-1/ Scenario Ever wanted to be able to access your home server while your on the go, but you don’t know its IP Address ? Or maybe it changed ?…

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Field Notes: The case of accidentally misconfigured Failover Cluster CSV cache

Introduction In this post, I take you through a process of troubleshooting high pool usage using free tools available in the Windows Sysinternals suite and the Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT).  I also show you how to resolve the issue by properly configuring the Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) cache using PowerShell command-lets available in the Failover…

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Creating symbolic links with PowerShell DSC

Background In an Azure Windows VM you automatically get a temporary disk drive mapped to D: (on Linux it’s mapped to /dev/sdb1). It is temporary because the storage is assigned from the local storage on the physical host. So if your VM is re-deployed (due to host updates, host failures, resizing, etc.), the VM is…