A computer cluster consists of a set of connected computers that work together, and thus can be viewed and operated as a single system in many respects. A Windows cluster is such a set of computers running a Windows operating system. This feature has been available since NT 4.0.

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How to present shared storage for MS Cluster Services running on vSphere 5

I've seen two approaches to handling the presentation of shared storage to Windows Server 2008 R2 cluster VMs on VMWare vSphere. One is the traditional method of carving out a LUN on your SAN and ...
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How can I make a Windows service which is not cluster-aware highly available?

I am using Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009's Role-Tailored Client (RTC), which utilizes a 3-tier architecture. The middle tier, which Microsoft calls the service tier, is a non-cluster-aware application ...
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Unreachable Hosts in Windows NLB on VirtualBox [closed]

Setup Cluster : Two Windows Server 2008 R2 nodes. Each running as a VM inside of VirtualBox. Each Node has NLB enabled and a cluster configured. The cluster is configured to use IGMP Multicast. ...
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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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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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Windows Server 2008 Cluster Errors

We have a couple dozen Win2008 and 2008R2 Enterprise clusters that are used for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Enterprise/Datacenter. In the past we have had many issues with random failovers and ...
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Windows SQL Server Cluster Failover Without Disruption

Is MS SQL server clustering capable of performing a seamless fail over between nodes? That is, where the clients wouldn't notice anything had changed except perhaps a short delay during the ...
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Graceful Tomcat shutdown when Windows clustered service?

We're currently in a situation where a Tomcat service is being brought offline by a batch script each night (or at the presence of a war archive, at least) in a Windows clustered environment. The ...
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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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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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Completely Remove an Exchange Cluster even though it's cluster info is long gone?

With the proviso that I realize I screwed the pooch on this, here's my situation. We used to have an Exchange 2003 two-node cluster. Several years back we migrated to Google Apps. When we did that, ...
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Is there a way to fix Cluster-SSH windows positions automatically?

Have you used Cluster-SSH? It's a GUI (frontend) to secure shell (ssh) which function it's to let you write the very same commands to a lot of hosts. If you open a lot of hosts at the same time, ...
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Server 2008R2 cluster for hyper-v - start with a single server?

I'm planning a Hyper-V virtualization system what will include: 2 very nice dual 16 core servers Dell MD3600f fibre channel SAN It will be running about 10 virtual machines. The plan is to setup ...
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Network Share on File Server Cluster being Interrupted

When I perform heavy disk operations, like deleting 10k files at a time, the network share becomes unresponsive and won't serve out files for a short time. Here's my configuration. I have a failover ...
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RPC Server Unavailable on Hyper-V cluster when moving resources after the host adapter has failed

On a Windows 2008 R2 SP1 cluster running Hyper-V, a lost network connectivity on the primary host interface. The interface was rapidly flapping up and down, and this was later determined to be caused ...
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What are the exact storage requirements for an AlwaysOn implementation?

We're investigating implementation options for SQL Server AlwaysOn. AlwaysOn is dependant on Windows Clustering, and I have read several articles that state shared storage is no longer a requirement ...
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Windows Cluster IP/Hostname doesn't respond to UNC requests, yet ping and RDP work

I have a Windows Server 2003 cluster of 2 nodes in an active-passive configuration. I can ping both nodes, rdp and access their unc shares. I also have an alias, which directs to a cluster IP set ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 cluster configuration with odd number of nodes

My shop is putting together a three-node cluster for use as a Hyper-V host for our customer. Previous installations we did for this customer only had two nodes per cluster, so we did Node and Disk ...
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Windows Failover Cluster for MSMQ without SAN?

Is it possible to create a 3 node Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster without a SAN? Our goal is to create a clustered MSMQ without any single points of failure. Ideally, the stored messages ...
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Scalability in a High Availability Environment - SQL Failover Cluster 2012

I have created an environment where 1 SAN is connected with 2 Nodes (part of SQL Server 2012 Failover Cluster) of SQL Server. Windows Server 2008 R2 is used, and single DB is stored in SAN. We have ...
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Intermittent unavailability of an instance in a failover cluster while a standby node is offline in a SQL Server 2008 failover cluster

I've got a small failover cluster that I run for the websites my company has. During a RAM upgrade of the standby server, our websites started to show errors about not being able to access the ...
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Routing to a Terminal Services Cluster

I am trying to connect to a Load Balanced Windows 2008 R2 cluster using Remote Desktop Services. I have no trouble connecting to the the Servers' IP addresses (.253.16 and .253.17) or the Cluster ...
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I need advice about iscsi + zfs(or ntfs) + windows 2008 clustering

I want to setup a storage farm with iSCSI. I have 2 cluster node machine, 1 iscsi target machine that has 8TB installed as RAID 10. The capacity is now 8TB, but I'll upgrade the capacity in future. ...
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Clustering Hyper-V with Server 2012 - MPIO Version Mismatch

I've done a fair bit of searching around online and am having a lot of trouble finding info regarding how to upgrade the Microsoft DSM for MPIO. I have two nearly identical servers, both with fresh ...
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How do I configure permissions for a cluster share using Powershell on 2008?

I have a cluster resource of type "file share" but when I try to configure the "security" parameter I get the following error (excerpt): Set-ClusterParameter : Parameter 'security' does not exist on ...
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How can I re-create Microsoft Cluster Service resource groups on a different cluster?

I use Microsoft Cluster Service on a cluster of Windows Server 2003 machines containing several dozen resource groups. In the process of migrating to newer hardware, I would like move resources to the ...
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Windows cluster for sql 2008 r2

Currently I have an sql server that is experiencing high cpu usage. There are tons of reads and writes happening continuously. The machine is a Dual Xeon E5645 @2.4GHz with 48GB of ram and using SSD ...
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Quorum Disk size for Windows 2008R2 failover

I am setting up a two node failover cluster for SQL Server 2008 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft recommends minimum 512MB size LUN for the quorum disk and don't have a recommendation for the ...
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Cloud Storage as a File Share Witness?

Does anyone know if there is a service out there that can be used as a file share witness for a Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster File share witness? I have a two-node cluster but no good place ...
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Removing and reinstalling System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

I initially setup hyper-v on a single server with a FC SAN. I configured it as a failover cluster with just the one server in it, using cluster shared volumes for the VMs, knowing I'd expand later. ...
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Advantage of Microsoft Cluster over Microsoft Network Load Balancer

Till recently, I assumed that Microsoft NLB worked at an OS/Machine level rather than an Application Level. i.e. the NLB just monitors heartbeats on the machine to check if machine is alive and then ...
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Hyper-V 2012 Host Cluster - To domain or not domain

I'm planning on implementing a Hyper-V 2012 cluster, in a host cluster configuration. Should the host machines be in a domain? If so, should that DC machine be a part of the cluster, or a seperate ...
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Receiving a notification on a Cluster Group Failover

I have several Windows Cluster set up and I have the need of keeping track of failovers. I'd need to receive a notification of sort whenever a group fails over. I've seen some examples around, but I ...
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Fusion-IO ioDrives in SQL Server cluster

Has anyone successfully set up a Fusion-io ioDrive (or similar product) in a Windows cluster for SQL Server? (I would be interested in either Windows Server 2003 or 2008 and SQL Server 2005 or 2008). ...
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Will restarting the “Cluster Service” on the active cluster node cause any outages?

I have a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise active/passive cluster running SQL Server 2005. The "Cluster Service" service won't start on my passive node, and I'm pretty sure it's what's described in this ...
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How can I speed up automatic failover of a Hyper-V 2012 cluster?

When I first setup a 2-node Hyper-V 2012 cluster, the failover was pretty much instant. I had a Sql Server 2012 (on Win2012) VM with 8GB RAM allocated to it. I could bounce the node it was living on, ...
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Failed to add VM to Hyper-V cluster. How to fix?

Background/Setup I've got a running Hyper-V 2012 cluster with 2 nodes. It's already got a VM-role in the cluster managing a VM; failover works and all that nice stuff. There's another, standalone ...
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Network Load Balancing cluster for DFSR hub servers?

I have one DFSR hub server with about 80 connections to 80 remote offices. I want to add another hub server for load balancing and redundancy, but I don't want to split the connections between the ...
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Cluster validation: “The servers are not all in the same organizational unit”

I'm setting up a cluster between two Windows 2012 servers (for use with SQL Server), and among the warnings that the cluster validation wizard points out to me is this one in the Active Directory ...
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Server 2012: how to plan for storage failover?

The Stuff I have the following components to work with: two rooms two beefy Dell R510s, one in each room two EMC VNXe storage devices, one in each room. The goal Ensure that if one server room ...
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Enable MPIO in existing cluster without downtime

I have a 4 node Hyper-V cluster running on Windows 2008 R2. Prior to my tenure, the cluster had only single links to the SAN. I added redundant links but now I need to enable MPIO on all of the nodes. ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Cluster Print Server Failure

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster environmental that is having some issues with the print server application. I recently changed it's preferred node from one to the other, and with this ...
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Moving a single Windows 2008 box to a clustered implementation?

I have a system that currently runs on a single box, Windows 2008 Enterprise. This is just used as a web server. What is involved in creating a cluster? Basically doing this for availability ...
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Two clustered SQL instances on one cluster - same port 1433?

Can two clustered SQL instances on a 2003 windows cluster use the same 1433 tcp port setting reliably? It seems to be up and working right now.
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DFSR Crashing a Windows 2012 R2 File Cluster and causing temporary SMB Share disconnection

I have a Two Windows 2012 R2 running in as a Windows file cluster. The file cluster works prefect with almost instantaneous fail-over between nodes of the iSCSI Drives and SMB Shares. I also have ...
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Getting the DB2 Resource online in Failover Cluster

I'm using DB2 10.1 Enterprise Server Edition on Windows Server 2012 R2 After adding the DB2 resource to the cluster using the db2wolfi command, I go to the resources tab which is in the cluster ...
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How to monitor MSMQ perfomance counters for different roles in windows cluster

By default it is not possible to view perf counters for clusterd instance of MSMQ in windows cluster. The solution is to create a registry key NetNameForPerfCounters and assign role name to it. This ...
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SQL Server 2012 Cluster BSOD

I'm trying to set up a SQL Server 2012 SP1 "AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instance" on top of a Windows Server 2012 R2 cluster (cl01) consisting of 2x 2012 R2 nodes (sql1 and sql2). Hosted on VMWare ESXi ...
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file share witness the given key was not present in the dictionary

Setup so far: Two physical servers running Windows Server 2012 standard: INF-HV1 and INF-HV2 Each physical server has a guest Windows Server 2012: INF-N1 under INF-HV1 and INF-N2 under INF-HV2. ...
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SQL AlwaysOn auto fail over due to disk

All, I'm in the process of evaluating SQL AlwaysOn, and everything is failing over as expected, except in one circumstance, when the disk goes belly up. In this case, SQL does nothing, other than ...