A Quick Overview of Microsoft SkyDrive [VIDEO]

Ryan Doon, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Canada, provides us with a consumer-oriented video overview of Microsoft SkyDrive.  Catch his excitement as he shows off the various features and functionality that can be leveraged.  The video has great nuggets for everyone, including people who already use SkyDrive extensively to those that haven’t seen…


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…


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…


Where should you store your PST files?

This article has been contributed by Ryan Doon, a PFE working with Microsoft Canada. In this post, he talks about why storing PST files on a file server will lead to performance issues, and presents some options to proactively avoid those issues. As a Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft I am always looking to determine…


Best Practices for Patching Windows 2003/2008 Clusters

Written by Ryan Doon, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Lately there is a question that I always seem to receive and it always starts with “What is the Microsoft Best Practice when it comes to ___________”. That blank represents a wide range of questions that can be asked, but for today’s discussion it will be on…