Archive | 2008

Clustering and HA Resources — clustering Blog

22 Dec

General Resources

· Cluster Team Site: Clustering Technical Resources
· Guide: Failover Clustering Deployment
· Guide: Validating Hardware for a Failover Cluster
· Guide: Migrating Cluster Settings
· Guide: Configuring the Quorum in a Failover Cluster
· Guide: Configuring Accounts in Active Directory
· Guide: Configure a Service or Application for High Availability
· Guide: Modifying Settings for a Failover Cluster
· Guide: Installing a Failover Cluster
· Guide: Creating a Failover Cluster
· Guide: Cluster Requirements
· Guide: Validating a cluster
· Guide: Managing a Failover Cluster
· Guide: The Failover Cluster Management Snap-In
· TechNet: Support Policy
· Webcast: Top 10 Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Enhancements over Windows Server 2003 Clustering, Based on Best Practices (Level 300)
· Webcast: Failover Clustering 101
· Webcast: Achieving High Availability with Windows Server “Longhorn” Clustering (Level 200)
Webcast: Microsoft Webcast: Reducing IT Overhead with Windows Server 2008 Storage Features 
Webcast: TechNet Webcast: Build High-Availability Infrastructures with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering
Webcast: IT Manager Webcast: Delivering High Availability to Your Infrastructure
Webcast: TechNet Webcast: Failover Cluster Validation and Troubleshooting with Windows Server 2008
Webcast: TechNet Webcast: Failover Clustering and Quorum in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Storage
Webcast: TechNet Virtual Lab: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Failover Clustering Lab
· Whitepaper: Failover Cluster Architecture Overview
· Whitepaper: Microsoft’s HA Strategy
· Whitepaper: Overview of Failover Clustering

Core

· Utility: Remote Server Administration Tools (simplifies Server Core configurations)
· Guide: Server Core
· TechNet: Installation
· Webcast: How Microsoft does IT: Enhancing High Availability with Server Core in Windows Server 2008

Exchange Server

File Server

· Guide: Configuring a Two-Node File Server Failover Cluster
· TechNet: Creating a Clustered File Server checklist
· TechNet: Create a Shared Folder in a Clustered File Server
· WebCast: TechNet Webcast: Prepare Yourself for Windows Server 2008 (Part 5 of 8): New File Server Features
· WebCast: How Microsoft IT Deploys Windows 2008 Clusters for File Services
· Webcast: New File Server Features of Windows Server 2008 (Level 200)

Hyper-V

· Guide: Testing Hyper-V and Failover Clustering
· Guide: Getting Started with Hyper-V
· Guide: Design for a Failover Cluster in Which All Nodes Run Hyper-V
· TechNet: High-Availability for a Server Running Hyper-V
· TechNet: Requirements and Recommendations for Failover Clusters in Which All Nodes Run Hyper-V
· TechNet: Failover Cluster in which the Servers run Hyper-V
· Webcast: TechNet Webcast: High Availability with Hyper-V
· Webcast: TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 24 of 24): High Availability with Hyper-V
· Webcast: TechNet Webcast: Creating Business Continuity Solutions Using Windows Virtualization
· Whitepaper: Quick Migration with Hyper-V

Multi-Site Clustering

· Cluster Team Site: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/clustering-multisite.aspx
· Guide: Deployment Considerations for Windows Server 2008 failover cluster nodes on different, routed subnets
· Webcast: TechNet Webcast: Geographically Dispersed Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
· Webcast: How You Can Achieve Greater Availability with Failover Clustering Across Multiple Sites (Level 300) 
· Whitepaper: Multi-site Clustering

Network Load Balancing

· Guide: NLB Troubleshooting Overview
· Guide: Server Core: Install the NLB feature
· Guide: Create/manage/destroy NLB clusters via NLB Manager remotely from another server, or from RSAT client (admin pack) on Vista
· TechNet: Configuring NLB with Terminal Services
· TechNet: NLB Deployment Guide
· TechNet: Implementing a new NLB Cluster
· TechNet: Verifying the NLB Cluster and Enabling Client Access
· TechNet: Overview of NLB
· TechNet: Creating NLB Clusters
· TechNet: Managing NLB Clusters
· TechNet: Setting NLB Parameters
· TechNet: Controlling Hosts on NLB clusters
· TechNet: Troubleshooting for System Event Messages Related to NLB Cluster
· TechNet: User Interface: NLB Manager
· TechNet: Upgrading a NLB Cluster
· Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 23 of 24): Failover Clustering and Network Load Balancing

SQL Server

Useful Link:http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/

Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides

19 Dec

These step-by-step guides help IT Professionals learn about and evaluate Windows Server 2008.

  • Creating_and_Deploying_Active_Directory_Rights_Management_Services_Templates_Step-by-Step_Guide.doc
  • Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services in an Extranet Step-by-Step Guide.doc
  • Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Step-By-Step Guide.doc
  • Deploying SSTP Remote Access Step by Step Guide.doc
  • Server Core Installation Option of Windows Server 2008 Step-By-Step Guide.doc
  • Server Manager Scenarios Step-by-Step Guide.doc
  • Step-by-Step Guide for Configuring a Two-Node File Server Failover Cluster in Windows Server 2008.doc
  • Step-by-Step Guide for Configuring a Two-Node Print Server Failover Cluster in Windows Server 2008.doc
  • Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server 2008.doc
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Deploying Policies for Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.doc
  • Using Identity Federation with Active Directory Rights Management Services Step-by-Step Guide.doc
  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Certificate Services Step-By-Step Guide.doc
  • Windows Server 2008 Foundation Network Guide.doc
  • Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guide for DNS in Small Networks.doc
  • Windows Server 2008 TS Gateway Server Step-By-Step Setup Guide.doc
  • Windows_ Server_Active_Directory_Rights_Management_Services_Step-by-Step_Guide.doc
  • Windows_Server_2008_Terminal_Services_RemoteApp_Step-by-Step_Guide.doc
  • Windows_Server_2008_TS_Licensing_Step-By-Step_Setup_Guide.doc
  • Windows_Server_2008_TS_Session_Broker_Load_Balancing_Step-By-Step_Guide.doc

    Download Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=518d870c-fa3e-4f6a-97f5-acaf31de6dce&DisplayLang=en

    Thanks
    Aresh

  • Storage Manager for SANs Step-by-Step Guide

    19 Dec

    With Storage Manager for SANs, you can create and manage logical unit numbers (LUNs) on Fibre Channel and iSCSI disk drive subsystems that support Virtual Disk Service (VDS) in your storage area network (SAN). This guide provides server and storage subsystem requirements, an introduction to managing LUNs, and step-by-step walkthroughs for creating and assigning LUNs using Storage Manager for SANs in Windows Server 2008.

    Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=06556478-838c-450e-9173-9851378271ad&DisplayLang=en

    Thanks
    Aresh

    Failover Cluster Validation Report failed for Duplicate IP address Windows 2008

    3 Dec

    Cluster validation wizard is used to check pre-requisite\best practices before building the cluster. While playing with my lab, I came across a issue under Network Test.

    Error:
    Found duplicate IP address fe80::100:7f:fffe%14 on node node1.vodka.com adapter Local Area Connection* X and node node2.vodka.com adapter Local Area Connection* X.

    ipv6probs

     

    Resolution:
    It turns out that this is the result of the Teredo, an IPv6 Tunneling Protocol. Teredo allows IPv6 communications to pass through IPv4 NATs and IPv4 servers. However Teredo gives an identical IPv6 address to its network interfaces, which Failover Clustering flags as an error since it require unique IP addresses.

    So how do you fix this? There are 2 ways, some details are provided here: http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/91d35c9f-3049-44f4-b711-743dc152c7c31033.mspx?mfr=true

    1) Disable Teredo through command line

    a. Open ‘Command Prompt’ and ‘Run as Administrator’
    b. Type:
               i. > netsh
              ii. > interface
              iii. > teredo
              iv. > set state disabled
    c. Teredo will now be disabled

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    2) Disable Teredo through the registry

    a. Open the Registry Editor

    i. This can be done through an elevated Command Prompt and typing ‘regedit’

    b. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6

    c. Right-click on the ‘Parameters’ tab, select ‘New’, choose ‘DWORD’

    i. Enter the following name (including capitalization): “DisabledComponents”

    d. Double-click on “DisabledComponents”, select ‘Hexadecimal’, under ‘Value data’

    i. Enter “8”

    e. Click ‘OK’
    f. Restart your machine
    g. Teredo will now be disabled

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    But what about disabling Teredo through Device Manager?  This will only disable the Teredo adapter so the system does not see it anymore, however this does not disable the underlying logic.  This could cause issues later, so it is recommended to disable it through the command line or the registry.

    Run Validate and this test will now pass. Enjoy your fully supported cluster!

    Don’t forget to leave your valuable comments.

    Thanks,
    Aresh

    Useful Blogs:
    Microsoft’s Failover and Network Load Balancing Clustering Team Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/

    Troubleshoot Active Directory Logon issue – By Anang Kumar

    2 Dec
    • Note the error message (Sometime the error message is very specific )
    • Login to the machine using local admin account
    • Check the system Date and time / Time zone – Make sure they are similar to authenticating DC
    • Check DNS – Make Sure they are pointing to Right DNS (DNS which is alive and doing the name resolution)
    • Check DNS records with the help of NSLOOKUP
    • Ping the DC – IP, Netbios Name and FQDn
    • Ping the DC to DC with 1500 MTU
    • Run Netdiag and check DNS and Trust and Kerberos test
    • Make sure NIC card is enabled of “register me in DNS”
    • Check event viewer for any know errors like Userenv, Kerberos, netlogon
    • Enable netlogon log and do the further troubleshooting  

    Don’t forget to post your comments 🙂

    Thanks,
    Anang Kumar

    PowerGUI, a graphical user interface and script editor for Windows PowerShell!

    27 Nov

    What is PowerGUI?

    PowerGUI is an extensible graphical administrative console for managing systems based on Windows PowerShell. These include Windows OS (XP, 2003, Vista), Exchange 2007, Operations Manager 2007 and other new systems from Microsoft. The tool allows to use the rich capabilities of Windows PowerShell in a familiar and intuitive GUI console.

    PowerShell is built-in feature under Windows Server 2008

    Download PowerShell for Windows Vista, Windows 2003 and Windows XP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/powershell/download.mspx

    Download PowerGUI

    Power Packs

    Active Directory: http://powergui.org/kbcategory.jspa?categoryID=46

    Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM): http://powergui.org/kbcategory.jspa?categoryID=49

    Virtualization: http://powergui.org/kbcategory.jspa?categoryID=290

    Microsoft Exchange: http://powergui.org/kbcategory.jspa?categoryID=47

    Network: http://powergui.org/kbcategory.jspa?categoryID=48

    SQL: http://powergui.org/kbcategory.jspa?categoryID=54

    Others: http://powergui.org/kbcategory.jspa?categoryID=21

    User manuals

    For PowerGUI and QAD cmdlets user manuals and FAQ please visit PowerGUI wiki.

    Blogs

    Latest PowerGUI and QAD cmdlets news can be found at our team members’ blogs:

    Videos and Flash Demos

    Don’t forget to post your comments 🙂

    Thanks,
    Aresh

    XP as Domain Controller :)

    27 Nov

    This is very funny XP machine as a domain controller

    1) Create a share called SYSVOL on an XP machine

    2) Try to unshare the directory you shared as SYSVOL.

    3) You will get a nice warning stating:

    “This share is required for the machine to act properly as a domain controller. Removing it will cause a loss of functionality on all clients that this domain controller serves. Are you sure you wish to stop sharing SYSVOL?”

    Screenshot:
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    But do not worry – unsharing SYSVOL on XP will not break your AD. This is just an example of code reuse that Microsoft does.

    Don’t forget to post your comments 🙂

    Thanks,
    Aresh

    Useful Blog:
    Guy Teverovsky: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/guyt/archive/2007/09/06/XP-as-Domain-Controller-_3F00_.aspx