Start getting familiar with Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering by viewing the sessions that were delivered at TechEd 2012. 

These sessions are posted online now for your viewing pleasures.  For those not familiar with what TechEd is, I offer this.

TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be-released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. TechEd offers hands-on learning, deep product exploration and countless opportunities to build relationships with a community of industry and Microsoft experts that will help your work for years to come.

For over 20 years industry professionals have found TechEd to be the best opportunity to stay aligned with Microsoft’s current technologies and new product opportunities. You and your colleagues come to TechEd to discuss critical technology issues, gain practical advice, and network with Microsoft and industry experts. Whether you are an IT Professional or a Developer, TechEd has much to offer you.

This year’s North America event included over 11,000 customers, partners, speakers, and staff. 

Each session lasts about 1:15 and includes the PowerPoint and presentation that you can view online or download to view at a later time.  The audio formats you can view the sessions are:

MP3 = audio only

Mid Quality WMV = lo-band, mobile

High Quality MP4 = Ipad, PC

Mid Quality MP4 = WP7, HTML5

MP4 = Ipod, Zune HD

High Quality WMV = PC, Xbox, MCE

The sessions from the Clustering team at TechEd North America were:

WSV324 - Building a Highly Available Failover Cluster Solution with Windows Server 2012 from the Ground UP

Windows Server 2012 delivers innovative new capabilities that enable you to build dynamic availability solutions in which workloads, networks, and storage become more flexible, efficient, and available than ever before. This session covers creating a Windows Server 2012 highly available Failover Cluster leveraging the new technologies in Windows Server 2012. This session walks through a demo leveraging a highly available Space, encrypting data with shared BitLocker disks, asymmetrical storage configurations with CSV I/O redirection… from the bottom up to a highly available solution.

WSV430 - Cluster Shared Volumes Reborn in Windows Server 2012: Deep Dive

This session takes a deep technical dive into the new Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) architecture and new features coming in Windows Server 2012. CSV is now a full-blown clustered file system, and all of the challenges of the past have been addressed, along with many enhancements. This is an in-depth session that covers the CSV architecture, CSV backup integration, and integration with a wealth of new features that enhance CSV and its performance.

WSV411 - Guest Clustering and VM Monitoring in Windows Server 2012

In Windows Server 2012 there will be new ways to monitor application health state and have recovery inside of a virtual machine. This session details the new VM Monitoring feature in Windows Server 2012 as well as discusses Guest Clustering and changes in Windows Server 2012 (such as virtual FC), along with pros and cons of when to use each.

WSV322 - Update Management in Windows Server 2012: Revealing Cluster-Aware Updating and the New Generation of WSUS

Today, patch management is a required component of any security strategy. In Windows Server 2012, the new Cluster-Aware Updating (CAU) feature delivers Continuous Availability through automated self-updating of failover clusters. In Windows Server 2012, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) has evolved to become a Server Role with exciting new capabilities. This session introduces CAU with a discussion of its GUI, cmdlets, remote-updating and self-updating capabilities. And then we proceed to highlight the main functionalities of WSUS in Windows Server 2012 including the security enhancements, patch deployment automation, and new Windows PowerShell cmdlets to perform maintenance, manage and deploy updates

VIR401 - Hyper-V High-Availability and Mobility: Designing the Infrastructure for Your Private Cloud

Private Cloud Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman leads this session discussing Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Failover Clustering design, infrastructure planning and deployment considerations for your highly-available datacenter or Private Cloud. Do you know the pros and cons of how different virtualization solutions can provide continual availability? Do you know how Microsoft System Center 2012 can move the solution closer to a Private Cloud implementation? This session covers licensing, hardware, validation, deployment, upgrades, host clustering, guest clustering, disaster recovery, multi-site clustering, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2012, and offers a wealth of best practices. Prior clustering and Hyper-V knowledge recommended.

The sessions from the Clustering team at TechEd Europe were:

WSV324 - Building a Highly Available Failover Cluster Solution with Windows Server 2012 from the Ground UP

Windows Server 2012 delivers innovative new capabilities that enable you to build dynamic availability solutions in which workloads, networks, and storage become more flexible, efficient, and available than ever before. This session will cover creating a Windows Server 2012 highly available Failover Cluster leveraging the new technologies in Windows Server 2012. This session will walk through a demo leveraging a highly available Space, encrypting data with shared BitLocker disks, asymmetrical storage configurations with CSV I/O redirection… from the bottom up to a highly available solution.

WSV430 - Cluster Shared Volumes Reborn in Windows Server 2012: Deep Dive

This session will do a deep technical dive of the new Cluster Shared Volumes architecture and new features coming in Windows Server 2012. CSV is now a full blown clustered file system, and all of the challenges of the past have been addressed, along with many enhancements. This will be an in-depth session that will cover the CSV architecture, CSV backup integration, and integration with a wealth of new features that enhance CSV and their performance. CSV backup integration, and integration with a wealth of new features that enhance CSV and it's performance

All other Tech Ed content regarding Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 can be viewed at the same locations:

North America

Europe

I hope that you can take some time to get to know the new products and features that are coming and get as excited about it as Microsoft is.

Happy Clustering !!

John Marlin
Senior Support Escalation Engineer
Microsoft Enterprise Platforms Support