What is Cluster Aware Updating in Windows Server 2012? (Part 1)

Summary: This article has been contributed by Ryan Doon, a PFE working with Microsoft Canada. In this post (the first of a two part series), he talks about the new Cluster Aware Updating feature of Windows Server 2012, and how it can be used to easily update clustered servers while maintaining availability of service to…


Keep your Failover Clustering deployment healthy!

Post contributed by Craig Forster, our Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Denmark. He shares his top tips to keep your clusters healthy – this is based the collective experience of our PFEs, so treat this as the ‘inside scoop’ During the transition from Windows Server 2003 to the newer versions, something new and revolutionary was…


Continuous Availability File Server in Windows Server 2012

Dave Guenthner, a Premier Field Engineer working in the United States, discusses an exciting new feature in Windows Server 2012, Continuous Availability File Server. He shows how the combination of the transparent failover in Windows 2012 for these file share resources, combined with new client features in Windows 8, allows large file transfers to continue…


File Share witness vs Disk witness for local clusters

This article was contributed by Ryan Doon, a PFE working at Microsoft Canada. Clustering in Windows 2008 R2 has been greatly simplified, and one of those areas of simplification includes choosing which quorum model to use. Based on the cluster configuration, the best quorum model will be chosen for you. In some cases users will…


Windows Server Failover Clustering Quorum Configuration Models Explained

Written by Cheng Pei Koay, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. A Windows Server 2008 failover cluster is known to provide high availability for various types of back-end applications and services (note that failover clustering is designed for stateful applications). A common perception is to having 2 nodes clustered will accomplish the required level of high availability;…