How to extend a shared disk in a windows server cluster environment ?

If you need to extend a existing shared disk within a cluster environment please use the following KBs to safe you any pain : How to Extend the Disk Space of an Existing Shared Disk with Windows Clustering –  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/263590 How to extend the partition of a cluster shared disk – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304736


RSAT – Remote Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC

If you are already testing the Windows 7 / 2008 R2 release candidate you can get the remote administration tools for managing Windows Server 2008 R2 (core R2) roles and features you can download the RSAT tools here : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=f6c62797-791c-48e3-b754-c7c0a09f32f3


Microsoft Failover Cluster & SQL – How to…..

Changing the IP address of network adapters in cluster server http://support.microsoft.com/kb/230356 Changing the IP Address of a Cluster Adapter May Result in Failover http://support.microsoft.com/kb/241828 How to change the network IP addresses of SQL Server failover cluster instances http://support.microsoft.com/kb/244980 How to: Change the IP Address of a SQL Server Failover Cluster http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms190460.aspx How to: Change…


How to move a Windows OS to a different hardware ?

the following article explains how to move an OS from a different hardware to a other one. There could be several reasons for this like Hardware failure, software failure…. This KB applies for Windows XP and Windows Server 2000/2003 editions KB249694 – How to move a Windows installation to different hardware


Windows 2008 – Failover Cluster Links

Hereby are some very useful link if you are starting to evaluating Microsoft failover cluster in your environment : Failover Cluster Step-by-Step Guide: Validating Hardware for a Failover Cluster Failover Cluster Step-by-Step Guide: Configuring a Two-Node File Server Failover Cluster Failover Cluster Step-by-Step Guide: Configuring a Two-Node Print Server Failover Cluster Failover Cluster Step-by-Step Guide:…

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Custom Code for Windows Server 2008 (R2) Clustering with HP EVA Storage Systems

HP EVA storage requires setting a custom host mode to be compatible with Win2008 Failover Clustering. http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00710606/c00710606.pdf Note: Type here HEX number "00000004198009A8" into "custom type" field If you don’t set this custom code parameter at the HP EVA command view GUI you will run into issues “failed to read drive layout of cluster disk…

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NLB within Hyper-V Virtual Machines – Hotfix available !

This is really important to have the possibility to create within high available virtual machines (a.e. Webserver Farm) anetwork load balancing to have a high available service at network level. This feature is included at any Windows Server edition.If you want to create a NLB for testing or productions purposes you should have a look…


How to create an R2 Cluster with Live Migration based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Build 7000?

Please check the following documents as pre-requisites for implementing a failover cluster with live migration. – Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide – Hyper-V Step-by-Step Guide: Hyper-V and Failover Clustering – Failover Cluster Deployment Guide – Failover Cluster Step-by-Step Guide: Validating Hardware for a Failover Cluster The general steps from a high level perspective are: 1….


Cluster validation passes with an error – duplicate IP address found ?

If you face an similar issue during your validation test of your failover cluster this could be also related to the Teredo IPv6 tunnel adapter. Teredo allow IPv6 communication to pass trough IPv4 NATs and IPv4 servers. In that case Teredo gives the same IPv6 address to his network interfaces which the validation tests of…


How to install a 2-node Failover Cluster for testing purposes ?

Here you can find a very detailed setup guide which directs you trough each step for creating a windows 2008 failover cluster based on ISCSI or fibre channel Step-by-Step Guide for Testing Hyper-V and Failover Clustering