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Time to get Clustered…

Time to get Clustered…

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Justin over at the Virtual World blog has posted information around a number of upcoming clustering-related webcasts, that, if you’re a regular reader, I’m sure you’ll find interesting if you can squeeze them into your diary.

The sessions that will be available include:

Introduction to Failover Clustering (Level 100)

Presenter: Symon Perriman, Program Manager, Clustering & HA

Air Date: March 18th | Air Time: 6pm-7pm GMT

Overview: High availability, disaster recovery, fault tolerance. If these words are not in your IT department's vocabulary, your organization is probably unprepared to deal with the inevitable—server downtime. Attend this webcast to learn about Windows Server 2008 R2 failover clustering, a high-availability solution from Microsoft. Failover clustering connects servers and monitors the health of the servers and the applications running on servers. In the event of a server failure, applications can fail over to another server and continue running with minimal interruption to your mission-critical applications. We cover the basics of failover clustering in this webcast, and we provide the information to help you get a failover cluster configured and deployed in a matter of hours.

High Availability Basics with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V (Level 200)

Presenter: Steven Ekren, Senior Program Manager, Clustering & HA

Air Date: March 19th | Air Time: 6pm-7pm GMT

Overview: Virtualization is a hot topic on customers' minds. But what happens if you consolidate a number of servers into virtual machines, put them on a single host computer, and that computer fails? All your eggs are in one basket, so to speak, and users may not be able to access critical information. To avoid scenarios like this, high availability has become part of the virtualization discussion for organizations of all sizes, not just large Fortune 500 companies. Be sure you have the necessary knowledge to discuss high availability and virtualization with your customers. If you are new to failover clustering, this webcast is for you. We provide step-by-step instruction on configuring a highly available virtualization solution with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and failover clustering features.

Failover Clustering Feature Roadmap for Windows Server 2008 R2 (Level 300)

Presenter: Elden Christensen, Senior Program Manager Lead, Clustering & HA

Air Date: March 26th | Air Time: 6pm-7pm GMT

Overview: Come and learn about all the new Failover Clustering enhancements that are going to be delivered in Windows Server 2008 R2 code name "Windows Server 7" operating system. In this webcast, we drill into incremental improvements from Windows Server 2008 to the cluster validation tool, Windows PowerShell support, the new cluster configuration program, and other exciting features.

Innovating High Availability with Cluster Shared Volumes (Level 300)

Presenter: Steven Ekren, Senior Program Manager, Clustering & HA

Air Date: April 2nd | Air Time: 6pm-7pm GMT

Overview: In this webcast, we provide an overview of the new Cluster Shared Volumes code name "Centipede" failover clustering feature in the Windows Server 2008 R2 code name "Windows Server 7" operating system. Join us to learn how the Windows Server cluster storage architecture is innovating to enable Hyper-V virtualization technology, a new and significant enhancement planned for "Windows Server 7" that is creating a lot of excitement. This is a session you don't want to miss.

Multi-Site Clustering with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (Level 300)

Presenter: Ahmed Bisht, Senior Program Manager, Clustering & HA

Air Date: April 9th | Air Time: 6pm-7pm GMT

Overview: As the Windows Server operating system becomes more accepted in large-scale, high-end, mission-critical IT environments, the requirements for disaster tolerance and business continuance become more and more important. In this webcast, we discuss how you can build a fault-tolerant, high-availability server solution with Windows Server 2008 failover clustering that also facilitates disaster recovery.

I’m sure they’ll be recorded if you don’t get chance to catch them first hand, but obviously you won’t be able to ask questions in the recording, so it might be worth making the time to watch it.  If I had to pick my top webcasts, I’d say the bottom 3 should be on your hit list.

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