Installing a SQL Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster

Installing SQL Server 2008 R2 Cluster

To provide High Availability for a SQL Server 2008 R2 instance, you can install it in a failover cluster. The High Availability will be provided at the instance level. In this blog post, we will look at how to install a SQL Server 2008 R2 Cluster. I’ll be using the SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise edition, but you can actually install Standard Edition in a failover cluster as well. Just keep in mind that, Standard […]

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Managing storage with Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows III

Managing Storage With Veritas SFW Part III

This is part 3, in a series of posts about managing storage with Veritas SFW. In this part we will look at how to create Dynamic Volumes, and the options available during creation of Dynamic Volumes. We will also look at how to manage mirrored volumes. When you use software based mirroring, in a stretched (Microsoft Failover) cluster environment, you will have to utilize Veritas SFW to create Dynamic Disks, and then […]

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Managing storage with Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows II

Managing Storage With Veritas SFW Part II

This is part 2, in a series of posts about managing storage with Veritas SFW. In this part we will look at how to create Dynamic Disk Groups, and how to add Volume Manager Disk Groups as a resource in a Microsoft Failover Cluster. Microsoft Failover Clusters do not support dynamic disks natively, so if you want to use dynamic disks, you need to use Veritas SFW to create the dynamic disks, […]

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Managing storage with Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows I

Managing Storage With Veritas SFW

In this blog post we will look at managing storage with Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows. This is part 1, in a series of posts about managing storage with Veritas SFW. In this part, we will look at the different types of disks and volumes you can create and configure with Veritas SFW. We will look into the purpose of Dynamic Disk Groups, and we will also look at how to bring […]

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Installing Veritas Storage Foundation on Server 2012

Installing Veritas SFW on Server 2012

This is a step-by-guide on how to install Veritas Storage Foundation 6.0.2 on Windows Server 2012. Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows provides a comprehensive solution to storage management in an integrated graphical view. Veritas SFW lets you configure and manage local and remote storage attached to your system while your system remains online. It is often used in campus/stretch cluster environments where SAN-based mirroring is not utilized. 1. Explanation of Campus Clusters […]

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Installing Clustered DHCP Server on Windows Server 2008 R2

DHCP Cluster on Server 2008 R2

If you want to add redundancy to the DHCP server service in Windows Server 2008 R2, you have a few options.  Such as installing two servers, where you split the scope among them, 50/50, 80/20 etc. Another option is to have a hot standby, where you (manually) import the DHCP database, if your primary DHCP server fails. But the best option on Windows Server 2008 R2, is probably a clustered DHCP server. That way […]

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Installing Veritas Storage Foundation on Server 2008 R2

Installing Veritas SFW on Server 2008 R2

This is a step-by-guide on how to install Veritas Storage Foundation 6.0.1 on Windows Server 2008 R2. Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows provides a comprehensive solution to storage management in an integrated graphical view. Veritas SFW lets you configure and manage local and remote storage attached to your system while your system remains online. It is often used in campus/stretch cluster environments where SAN-based mirroring is not utilized. 1. Explanation of Campus […]

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Installing Failover Clustering on Server 2012

Installing Failover Clustering on Server 2012

This is a step-by-step guide on how to set up a failover cluster in Windows Server 2012. First we will install the failover clustering feature, with the management tools. Then we will create the cluster, and finally we will install a role on the cluster. In Server 2012, clustered services and applications are called clustered roles. There is actually not much difference in creating a cluster on Windows Server 2012 than in Windows […]

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Installing Failover Clustering on Server 2008R2

Failover Clustering in Server 2008R2

This is a step-by-step guide on how to set up a failover cluster in Windows Server 2008R2, in a test lab. A cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to increase the availability of applications and services, such as file server service or print server service. Physical cables and software connect the clustered servers (called nodes) so that if one fails another can take its place. To setup a […]

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Installing StarWind iSCSI SAN Free Edition

Installing StarWind iSCSI SAN Free Edition

This is a step-by-step guide on how to install and configure StarWind iSCSI SAN Free Edition. StarWind iSCSI SAN is an iSCSI Target that converts any Windows server into a SAN. You can deploy it in your test lab, and create iSCSI targets, without having to utilise other, more cumbersome tools, such as FreeNAS. Its very easy to set up iSCI SAN, and then utilize it to test for example failover clustering. […]

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