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server 2016 active directory and hyper-v same server

Having 2-node cluster, it's beneficial to have at least 2 AD DC VM's each located on a separated host. In case of a host failure, you will ensure the AD is up and running. The AD running on a VM also ...
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Dell VRTX - slow cluster shared storage

This: Fault Tolerant Shared PERC 8 Card Configuration — [...] The default cache policy for virtual disks created in this configuration is write-through. In this mode, write completion ...
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Clustered File Server on Windows 2012 With Local Storage

Based on the shared storage requirement I assume it's AlwaysON FCI (Failover Cluster Instances) The easiest solution for you would be deploying a virtual SAN. Virtual SAN will take the local storage ...
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Microsoft iSCSI target server 2016 failover cluster doesn't work in Server Manager after transfering roles

I see similar issue posted on technet. Is there any chance to see what does Event Log show? For the case, from my experience, Microsoft iSCSI target is too slow. Currently, I use StarWind Virtual SAN ...
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Nano Server attached to SAN doesn't see new files

NTFS is not a cluster-aware file system. It was never designed to support simultaneous access from different clients. In order to allow multiple access: configure MPIO, deploy the Failover Cluster ...
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Mapping SAN to cluster nodes

Oh god, you've not have you? You've just caused immediate, irretrievable data loss sorry. NTFS isn't a cluster-aware file system, you need something to act as a lock manager too. MS Cluster Services ...
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Dell VRTX - slow cluster shared storage

I have experienced the exact same performance issue with a VRTX with the Dual SPERC8. What I have done to work around this at the moment is, change the dual config to a single config. This way I am ...
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What are the options for a HA system?

You have many options. Which ones you can use depend on how your website is coded. Tightly Coupled, Single State This web-site can only run one instance because of... reasons. Running two in parallel ...
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VMXNET3 receive buffer sizing and memory usage

What is the relationship between number of buffers and ring size? They're related, but independent. The rx "ring" refers to a set of buffers in memory that are used as a queue to pass incoming ...
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Miserable performance of Hyper-V storage on CSV

If you use Broadcom NICs, try to disable VMQ on a virtual switches and on a physical network adapters: http://www.dell.com/support/article/ua/ru/uabsdt1/SLN132131/EN You might also check if there are ...
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Is there any way to prevent Storage Spaces Direct from automatically adding disks?

Yes, you can disable the auto-pooling behavior. The experience is not great, but it’s certainly do-able and supported. The setting name, and example cmdlet syntax, is in the Settings section of this ...
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Storage Spaces Direct HDD MediaType is unspecified

You have to have supported media types with Storage Spaces Direct which is no-RAID, no-FC and no-iSCSI. Should be SATA, SAS and NVMe. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/storage-...
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Synology HA active-passive performance and failover

Decouple your Synology HA setup, RMA one of these units with "Your HA does not work!", and get VMware or similar vSAN to enjoy local disk performance, and reliability. Whatever you'll do you won't ...
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Edit HA cluster config cib.xml

You're definitely correct in saying you don't want to edit the cib.xml directly. Since you're using pcs to manage your cluster configuration, you should do it like this: Dump the current cib to a ...
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How does Virtual IP work for failing over a TCP connection to a backup server to accomplish high-availability?

We should clarify some terms and technology. The image you show is that of a "Load Balancer." While technically, the Load Balancer will usually have one or more "frontend" IP addresses that connect ...
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Internal storage as HA failover cluster storage pool ?

As comments bellow say, Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition has built-in Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) that allows to implement/setup hyperconverged cluster of 2 or more nodes. However, it has been ...
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Why can't I make a failover cluster using iSCSI for shared storage?

Take something like Starwinds and create Highly Available shared storage with your two nodes. AFAIR, they have a lot of manuals which may help you. BTW, it's for free. https://www.starwindsoftware....
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How to setup IIS on Failover Cluster with Shared Data

The NTFS/SMB permissions for shared IIS storage are detailed described in ms guide: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/iis/web-hosting/configuring-servers-in-the-windows-web-platform/configuring-share-...
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How to delete a Virtual Machine from Hyper-V Failover Cluster

I don't have a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster to check at the moment but deleting the VM from Failover Cluster Manager should remove it as a clustered role/service but leave the VM intact. It ...
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Dell VRTX - slow cluster shared storage

It is no longer required to remove the second SPERC controller to be able to use write-back instead of write-through as described in Erik's post. You can now disable the second PERC8 controller from ...
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Why do I get BPA error "Servers in Failover Clusters Must Have a Hyper-V Replica Broker Configured"?

I'm not sure why that is considered an error rather than informational but the gist of it is, if you plan to use Hyper-V Replica then you need to configure a Hyper-V Replica Broker. If you don't plan ...
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Get witness disk current vote via PowerShell

In Windows Server 2012 R2, "The clustering service will automatically assign the witness a vote, the witness dynamic vote, depending on if there is an odd or even number of votes present for the ...
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Which technology allows shared storage for clusters with preferred local reads and writes?

Since you about deliver shared storage system having local I/O preferably, I would suggest to look at solutions that do kind of asynchronous replication between clustered hosts. I suspect the ...
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Storage Spaces Direct HDD MediaType is unspecified

Right, using Storage Spaces Direct in two or three nodes configuration is not the best idea. There are a lot of solutions in this niche like HPE or Starwind. HPE Storevirtual works with two nodes and ...
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Synology HA active-passive performance and failover

Unfortunately, Synology HA feature does not support active-active mode. If you want to speed things up you might do RAID0 but it’s quite dangerous and will completely load your networks (especially on ...
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How to securely encrypt Hyper-V VMs in Failover Cluster

The performance will fall anyway. No need to double encryption. I would not recommend using TrueCrypt fork-outs. Configuring BitLocker on Cluster Shared Volumes does the job.
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Mirroring 2 Host with their own local storage

Look at StarWind VSAN 2-nodes hyperconverged solution on VMware here. It gives a possibility to mirror storage between the hosts and present it as HA datastore to the cluster. Virtual Machines can be ...
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Cluster Fails when Enabling Storage Spaces Direct Server 2016

Don’t do S2D with only two nodes as it’s nothing but begging for troubles! Failover isn’t reliable and you can’t lose second node (obviously!) or second disk/ssd in a row. In RL it means your cluster ...
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Cluster Fails when Enabling Storage Spaces Direct Server 2016

Plus one for not to use S2D with two nodes. Starting from poor reliability and ending with short features list in such scenario. There are a lot of topics with comparing S2D with any other solutions, ...
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vSphere 6.5 HA agent cannot be correctly installed or configured

I know you mention you already tried it, but in case it helps someone else I just wanted to say that the solution for us was to disable / remove the HA configuration entirely from the entire cluster ...
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