A failover cluster is a group of servers that work together to maintain high availability of applications and services

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How to build a high availability Postfix system?

I'm needing to set up a remote mirror for a postfix server (where the content of both mail servers should be the same at any time). The idea is that if the main server comes down at some point the ...
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Why are my HyperV VM's randomly losing connectivity?

I have a strange intermittent connectivity problem happening about once every two weeks. First my configuration: I am running a HyperV failover cluster with two physical hosts (node01 and node02). ...
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How Does Failover Clustering Work in Windows 2008 R2?

I am trying to learn how the failover clustering features works with Windows 2008 R2 as I am going to be using as part of SQL Server 2012 always on. I have been able to find information on how to set ...
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VMXNET3 receive buffer sizing and memory usage

Background We had an incident where a Windows failover cluster suffered an interruption. A post-mortem showed that the node was "removed" as described in this article. We've only recently migrated ...
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unable to destroy windows 2008 r2 failover cluster after SAN rebuild

I created a windows 2008 r2 failover cluster for a sql 2008 active/passive cluster. This two node cluster was using a SAN device for a quorum disk resource as well as MSDTC resource. Well....I ...
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High availability virtual machines

I've been reading a lot about high availability virtualization, either via Hyper-V or VMWare. In that context, essentially high availability means that the VM is hosted by a cluster of physical ...
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DHCP Server only remembering one lease

I have a Server 2008 R2 DHCP Failover Cluster that serves two VLANs - an office network and a guest WiFi network. Both of the members of the failover cluster are virtual machines (ESXi) and use the ...
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Adding a share in a Failover Cluster with quotas enabled takes 10 minutes

I have File Service cluster where one of the file server resources is hosting ~50,000 user home directories. The home directories do have a quota template assigned through the FSRM. When trying to ...
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DRBD for HA Server in Small Office Questions

Backround: We are in need of a HA server in a small office environment and are looking at DRBD to provide it. We only have about 100GB that needs to be on the HA server and server load will be ...
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Get witness disk current vote via PowerShell

I am trying to verify functionality of dynamic quorum in a new failover cluster setup. Is there a command in PowerShell that I can use to see the current vote for the witness disk? I have been ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 cluster, “available storage” shows “offline”

I've installed a SQL Server 2008 R2 cluster and I found the resource group "available storage" shows "offline" status. What does it mean? It seems I can't take it online. I tried to use the cluster ...
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How does CSV cache behave under memory load?

We're looking at using Microsoft's CSV cache feature in our new Hyper-V 2012 R2 clusters: It's enabled by default, with 512MB allocated to each CSV. The maximum memory that can be assigned is 80%. ...
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Two-Node Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster: Is it possible use local physical disks in the cluster?

Looking at the following Clustered Shared Spaces TechNet article, and it looks like this only applies to hosts sharing a JBOD enclosure by way of external SAS backplane. However, each host in the ...
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Failover cluster failed to failover due to mysterious IP conflict?

I'm having a mysterious problem with my Failover cluster, Cluster name: PrintCluster01.domain.com Members: PrintServer01.domain.com andPrintServer02.domain.com in the Failover Cluster Management – ...
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Should the SAN (Dell MD3200) management port be on the same subnet/VLAN as the failover cluster private subnet/VLAN?

So, I'm getting a bit confused here. I have a Dell MD3200 SAN with dual controllers. Each controller has an Ethernet management port that connects to a switch. Together the two controllers connect to ...
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Windows Server 2012 Failover DHCP

I've been tasked with migrating from our current 50/50 scope resilient DHCP servers to new hot standby failover DHCP in Server 2012 R2. Built a test bed with the two DHCP server VMs and created a ...
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Does dynamic quorum with Windows Server 2012 clusters make quorum configuration types irrelevant?

There are several quorum types: Node Majority,Node and Disk Majority,Node and File Share Majority,No Majority: Disk Only I did not modify any quorum settings when setting up a Server 2012 R2 cluster ...
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What are the best practices for NIC teaming in Server 2012 R2? Broadcom or Windows software?

I have a Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V cluster with two Broadcom adapters for my LAN connection. Currently, we have a virtual switch set up with SCVMM, that teams together both NICs using Windows software ...
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System Account Logon Failures every 30 seconds

We have two Windows 2008 R2 SP1 servers running in a SQL failover cluster. On one of them we are getting the following events in the security log every 30 seconds. The parts that are blank are ...
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Hyper-V R2 can't add a teamed NIC as External Network

I have a Dell PowerEdge R710 running Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter and which was part of a Hyper-V Failover Cluster. It has 8x Broadcom BCM5709C NICs and three are teamed together to be my ...
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Best practice in deploying SQL Server 2008 failover cluster over VMware ESX

I am now in the process of building SQL Server 2008 Enterprise failover cluster for use with 3rd party server monitoring application (which also do some OLAP analysis for trends). Since this project ...
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How to set foreign-domain alias for a Failover Cluster client access point?

I have a migration scenario with a Failover Cluster file service where I would like to add the alias for the old file server name pointing to the cluster service client access point name. Using ...
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Windows Server 2012 - Hyper-V - iSCSI SAN - All Hyper-V Guests stops responding and extensive disk read/write

We have a problem with one of our deployments of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V with a 2 node cluster connected to a iSCSI SAN. Our Problem Our problem is that for some reason all of the VMs stops ...
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cisco asa reloading

After having both memory and code upgrades, we have a significant number of our asa 5520's (in active/standby pairs) develop problems. The problem manifests itself as losing connectivity to the other ...
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How do I know to which node of my Oracle RAC I am connected?

Is there an easy way to determine to which RAC node of an Oracle 11g R2 system I am connected? I am trying to perform some failover tests and I want to make sure my application is correctly connected ...
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Dealing with Stretch (Geo) Cluster Node Failures

Scenario: Three node (shared nothing) cluster on Windows Server 2012. Two nodes in the primary data center, both with votes (node weight = 1), and a file share witness. The third node is in a remote ...
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Failover Cluster : Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

The scenario is: I got 2 identical 2U rack mount servers with Operating System Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise. They are : in same domain. both installed Exchange 2010 in Hyper-V both are domain ...
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How can I verify whether a Windows cluster has previously been successfully validated?

As part of an automated SQL Server installation process, I'd like to programmatically check whether a Windows Failover Cluster has already been validated. There are some ways to validate the cluster ...
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Active/Active vs Active/Passive cluster

First time setting up a clustered environment, and have a few questions. From a windows cluster perspective what determines if it is an Active/Active cluster vs an Active/Passive cluster? Is it the ...
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VLAN connections in Windows 2008 Failover Cluster

We are using Windows 2008 Failover Cluster for our iSCSI SAN system. There are two nodes which have 3 nics on each. Normally, these nics are working as heartbeat, LAN and iSCSI connection to SAN. The ...
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Setting up an Active-Active IIS Cluster with ARR - is it possible?

I would like to know if we can setup an Active-Active IIS Cluster using Windows Cluster services that shares a common storage to store web content and WITHOUT the use of Windows NLB. I'm aware that ...
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Set up DPM to use hardware VSS Provider with EMC Clariion SAN

We recently purchased an EMC Clariion AX4 SAN and we're using it to provide storage for our Hyper-V virtual machines. I've already got the servers registered with it and configured the failover ...
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GFS2 over DRBD automount

I have 2 nodes Proxmox cluster. For KVM images I use DRBD device with GFS2 on it. Everything works fine except GFS2 automounting after server restart. I put in fstab: /dev/drbd0 /cluster/drbd0 gfs2 ...
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Windows Cluster Fails after Power Outage

First, we have a Windows 2008 R2 Two Node cluster running HA Hyper-V and DHCP. We utilize a back-end Dell MD3000i iSCSI SAN for storage. All of the networking is done via redundant switches and MPIO ...
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Removed cluster disk that wouldn't come online, now it wants to be formatted. Can I recover the data?

I inherited a failover cluster hosting several VMs and some storage volumes. It uses a fibre-channel SAN for storage. I updated firmware on the SAN controllers recently and when it came back up one of ...
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How to properly shut down Windows Server 2008 R2 cluster?

We need to shut down MS Failover Cluster running on two nodes with MS Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise for hardware maintenance. I recently came across two possible approaches on how to shut down ...
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Add MySQL as a resource to pacemaker

I am trying to enable fail over strategy using pacemaker on a mysql Master-Master replication on two virtual machine running openSUSE 12 created by VritualBox. I managed to complete the mysql ...
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Failover Cluster Perfmon Counter

On my Win2008 R2 clusters there is a performance counter called Cluster Multicast Request-Response Messages\Messages Outstanding. Solarwinds includes it as a monitor on their Failover Clustering ...
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Hyper-V Server Deployment - adapter configuration

I'm sure this question will have been asked somewhere before. In fact I'm sure I've read about it before too, but I can find any resources to help me along my way. What I'm trying to do is deploy a ...
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Can you run CAU on an Exchange 2010 DAG cluster?

I've searched for this and I expected it to be a common topic, but I can't find any information on it. Given that the Exchange DAG is built on top of WCF, will CAU properly handle updating a DAG ...
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Dell VRTX - slow cluster shared storage

I have a brand new Dell VRTX box set up as a Failover Cluster running HA Hyper-V virtual machines. This is my first time setting up clustering, and my first time with one of these boxes, so I'm sure ...
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linux clustered Filesystem

I currently have two CentOS Boxes providing NFS Services to multiple Web servers. Could someone recommand a file system which would mirror all files across both of these servers easily and ...
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What are the options for a HA system?

I'm looking into creating a HA Linux machine for my client's website. What are the main options I have, or a place/article where I can find out more? I would LOVE if it was a single-image, too, so ...
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Newbie questions on MAC and high availability failovers

I am reading about High Availability and I can not understand the following I read: On failover the primary IP migrates to the backup server BUT so must the MAC address. Specifically I read that ...
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SQL server failover clustering

How many failover clustered nodes can you have?, and if you add more and more nodes, is it going to slow down?
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VM guests in a private network spread across clustered hosts

I have a set of physical hosts with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 installed. Each physical host has the Hyper-V role installed and is configured to be part of a failover cluster (called cluster0). Here ...
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Convert HyperV Servers in to HyperV Cluster

We have 2 Hyperv Servers and a SAN. When they were configured, High Availability wasn't on the horizon. But it is now. Can I convert the current servers in place to use Failover Clustering? Or ...
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Clustered File Server on Windows 2012 With Local Storage

So I have a SQL Always-On group that requires a file share witness. I want that file share witness to be redundant and since I have no other need for a file server on this network, I'd like to do it ...
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linux + create simple watch dog process in shell script

I need to create watch dog process (will run in linux version 5.x) that look all time on /etc/cluster.cf file And if the process matches the string: machineA_is_active in the cluster.cf file Then ...
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Can I use domain controller as one of my nodes in my cluster environment?

I want do some SQL Server failover cluster experiment on Windows 2008 R2 in VM. Now I created a domain controller(as DNS server too) DC. Also I created a server server1 and added into the domain. Can ...