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What’s new in failover clustering: #08 Cloud Witness 

This post was authored by Amitabh Tamhane, Program Manager, Windows Server Introduction The primary goal of failover clustering in Windows Server is to provide a reliable infrastructure to make workloads highly available. Configuring quorum correctly for failover clusters is an important step in ensuring high availability for the cluster itself. This helps to make applications...

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What’s new in failover clustering: #07 SMB Multichannel & Multi-NIC cluster networks 

This post was authored by Rob Hindman, Senior Program Manager, Windows Server Getting the best performance Building enterprise-grade solutions with Windows Server 2016 is now easier with the new Simplified SMB Multichannel feature in Failover Clustering. A Windows Server 2016 failover cluster will now automatically recognize and configure multiple NICs on the same subnet, greatly...

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What’s new in failover clustering: #06 Virtual machine start ordering 

This post was authored by Subhasish Bhattacharya, Program Manager, Windows Server Introduction: “Special” virtual machines Not all virtual machines (VMs) in your production deployment are created equal… some are just special! Therefore, it is important for these “Utility” VMs to start up before other “Dependent” VMs in your private cloud. Consider a VM hosting the...

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What’s new in failover clustering: #04 Workgroup and multi-domain clusters 

This post was authored by Subhasish Bhattacharya, Program Manager, Windows Server Introduction: Active Directory integration with your private cloud Active Directory integration provides significant value for most of the private cloud deployments. However, for a subset of scenarios, it is desirable to be able to decouple your deployment from Active Directory. In prior Windows Server...

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What’s new in failover clustering: #02 VM Load Balancing 

This post was authored by Subhasish Bhattacharya, Program Manager, Windows Server. Introduction: Optimizing your private cloud In our discussions with customers, we learned that a key consideration for private cloud deployments is the capital expenditure (CapEx) required to go into production. We also learned that customers added redundancy to their private clouds, thereby increasing CapEx,...

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