Ramp Up Guide: Windows 2008 R2 Failover Clustering

Ramp Up Guide: Windows 2008 R2 Failover Clustering

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Hello fellow IT enthusiasts, my name is Aeval Shah and I am a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for Microsoft Premier Support. My specialist area is clustering and as part of the Ramp Up Guide series I thought I would put together some information to help you gain some deeper knowledge into the features and capabilities of Windows 2008 R2 Failover Clustering.

I was proficient with clustering in Windows 2003, however, I did not know in-depth the new features and architecture of Windows 2008 R2 Failover Clustering . Below is a list of links that I have used to increase my knowledge in this area and feel it would benefit anyone who wants to learn more about Failover Clustering.

 I have grouped the links into several sections to make it easier to find the relevant information. During my own ramp up I used the links below and found them to be invaluable. I did not want to provide too much information as that would probably be information overload. I wanted to keep the information relevant for a ramp up guide, however, the articles below do provide further links to additional information.


White papers


It is always a good idea to read the white papers for a technology as they give you a good overview of the product/feature. You can always deeper when you have a good grounding.



Understand the basics


A good foundation into the technology will help you develop further as you dive deeper into specific areas. Although not essential it is nice to know what was released and with what version.



    Step-by-step guides


    These particular guides are very well written as they walk you through various scenarios end to end. They start off with the basics and then focus on specific tasks. 


      Microsoft iSCSI Initiator


      This tool is extremely useful in a test environment/lab. The guides here show you how to install and configure the tool so you can build your own test cluster which you can then use to ramp up further.



      Specific task based information


      This lists contain deep dive information into specific parts of Failover Clustering. They focus on one given aspect of the technology and provide detailed information.



      PowerShell for Failover Clustering


      Whist I knew a little bit about PowerShell at the operating system level I did not know that there were so many cmdlets specific for clustering. These links helped me understand the cmdlets as well as helped me transition my Cluster.exe knowledge to PowerShell. As Cluster.exe will be deprecated in later versions of Failover Clustering is the right time to get your hands dirty and try out the cmdlets.



      Multi-Site Failover Cluster


      A vast improvement in Windows 2008 R2 Failover Clustering is the support for multi-site clustering. This technology will definitely be used many companies and it is definitely worth knowing well.



      Additional Resources


      Blogs and webcasts a very useful way of learning specific information. If like me you are a visual learner you will enjoy the webcasts as they provide some in depth knowledge in the specific areas.


      Blogs & Blog sites



       Webcasts & Podcasts



      Other useful links



      Premier WorkshopPLUS




      I hope the information provided here proves to be useful and helps you on your way to becoming a cluster expert.


      Aeval Shah

      Premier Field Engineer

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