W2k16 clustering – transient failure monitoring improvements

Recently came across a good MS blog article that covers some of the improvements made in VM monitoring at a cluster level in Windows Server 2016: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/clustering/2015/06/03/virtual-machine-compute-resiliency-in-windows-server-2016/ Good to see MS taking note of these “softer” type failure scenarios that occur more often in the VM space.   Advertisements

Nifty new MS cluster feature (2016 Server tech) – configure your own witness in the cloud

An interesting feature within W2k16 within the clustering framework is the cloud witness. Quorum maintenance being one of the most important parts of any cluster design. With DR can be a design challenge as MS recommend that the quorum is located in a 3rd data center. As a lot of companies operate using 2 data … More Nifty new MS cluster feature (2016 Server tech) – configure your own witness in the cloud

IE11 issue: cannot type in any dialog boxes eg google,yahoo etc?

Had this one recently and was driving me crazy. Basically was looking to optimize logon performance in our xenapp environment and as part of it was slicing and dicing our existing v.large GPO into smaller more logical components. As a result of the slicing and dicing all looked good apart from this strange issue with … More IE11 issue: cannot type in any dialog boxes eg google,yahoo etc?

Ever used WS2012 r2 feature Work folders? here’s how to setup in 2 easy steps

Work folders is a feature new to windows server variants 2012 r2 or later. Allows users to have their work data synchronized across all of their machines whether its tablets,laptops,desktops etc. Very much akin to Skydrive Pro but what is useful about work folders is that it can help integrate your existing file servers into … More Ever used WS2012 r2 feature Work folders? here’s how to setup in 2 easy steps

Hyper-v tip: Adjust the shutdown time of your clustered host to avoid VM downtime issues

The benefit of doing this in a clustered environment when shutting down a node for maintenance there is always the risk that VM’s do not get live migrated in time before the node restarts. Adjusting the shutdown time gives more leg room for the node to evacuate all VM’s off it before restart. 15 minutes … More Hyper-v tip: Adjust the shutdown time of your clustered host to avoid VM downtime issues