Windows Server 2012 R2 and Database Availability Groups

Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) has released, and among other features and improvements, SP1 includes support for Windows Server 2012 R2. This means that a database availability group (DAG) running Exchange 2013 SP1 on Windows Server 2012 R2 automatically takes advantage of the improvements in and changes to Windows Failover Clustering (WFC) in…


Recommended Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters

Today, Microsoft released Knowledge Base article 2784261, which describes the hotfixes we recommend being installed on all Windows Server 2012 failover clusters.  This includes Exchange database availability groups that are running on Windows Server 2012, as well. Although these hotfixes are generally recommended for all customers, we recommend that you evaluate each fix to determine…


Update to Windows Server 2008 Brings Failure Behavior Change for the File Share Witness resource

My friend and colleague, Tim McMichael, recently blogged about a behvaior change that was made in Windows Server 2008 R2 that was back-ported to Windows Server 2008.  The basics of the behavior change are as follows: When the server hosting the File Share Witness becomes unavailable, the File Share Witness resource will fail and cause…


Windows Server Cluster Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

The Windows Server Failover Cluster Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 cluster deployments. It monitors Cluster services components—such as nodes, networks, resources, and resource groups—to report issues that can cause downtime or poor performance. Feature Summary Some of the conditions monitored by this management…


Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick: Exchange 2003 and the File Share Witness

About two-and-a-half years ago, I blogged about about a new feature in Exchange Server 2007 called Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR). In that blog, I explained that because CCR does not use shared storage for the Exchange data, we wanted to make sure we didn’t need shared storage anywhere in the cluster. The Exchange team worked…


First Ever Windows Server 2008 Microsoft Official Curriculum Course Released!

The Windows Server Failover Clustering Product Group has released the first ever Windows Server 2008 Microsoft Official Curriculum course, which will be available on May 15th, 2008. In the meantime, check out the syllabus for the course at Course 6423A: Implementing and Managing Windows Server 2008 Clustering.


Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) Client Released

Today, Microsoft released the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) to the web.  RSAT is the collection of Windows Server 2008 management tools which enable IT professionals to manage their Windows Server infrastructure from their PCs running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1.   The list of Windows Server 2008 administration tools which are included in…


Deploying CCR on Windows Server 2008 by Command-Line Only

With the release of Exchange 2007 SP1, you can deploy cluster continuous replication (CCR) on Windows Server 2008, and enjoy the benefits of Windows 2008 failover cluster improvements.  But did you know the deployment of CCR on Windows 2008, including the formation and configuration of the cluster, can be done via the command-line, without using…


Windows Cluster Team Blog Restarting Soon!

The folks on the Windows Cluster team are restarting their blog very soon, which covers failover clustering and network load balancing.  According to a post back in Nov, “5 developers have volunteered to contribute to this blog, so we expect to have at least one post each week, so check back often!”  Cool!