Hyper-V On-The-Go Part 2 – Enabling the Lab Engine

Boldly Going - The Shakedown Cruise In an earlier blog I laid out some basics needed to build your own portable lab. I focused on the hardware needed and the considerations you need to keep in mind to ensure a successful effort. The hardware, however, is merely a tool (albeit a useful one) and needs … Continue reading Hyper-V On-The-Go Part 2 – Enabling the Lab Engine

Hyper-V On-The-Go or “To Boldly Lab Where No-One Has Lab’d Before!”

This is an into to a multi-part series on building portable labs. Boldly Going One thing I have found invaluable throughout my career has been the ability to maintain a decent lab environment, something that has been an ongoing struggle over the years. Early on it was all about the hardware. One of my earliest … Continue reading Hyper-V On-The-Go or “To Boldly Lab Where No-One Has Lab’d Before!”

Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster

I paid a customer a visit a while ago and was requested to assist with a SQL Server Failover Cluster issue they were experiencing.  They had internally transferred the case from the SQL team to folks who look after the Windows Server platform as they could not pick up anything relating to SQL during initial … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster

Field Notes: The case of a crashing Hyper-V VM – Integration Services Out of Date

Background I recently had an opportunity to offer assistance on a case relating to stop errors (blues screens) experienced in a Virtual Machine (VM) running on a Hyper-V Failover Cluster.  I was advised that two attempts to increase memory on the VM did not provide positive results (I’ll explain later on why the amount of … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of a crashing Hyper-V VM – Integration Services Out of Date

Field Notes: The case of accidentally misconfigured Hyper-V Failover Cluster CSV cache

Introduction In this post, I take you through a process of troubleshooting high pool usage using free tools available in the Windows Sysinternals suite and the Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT).  I also show you how to resolve the issue by properly configuring the Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) cache using PowerShell command-lets available in the Failover … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of accidentally misconfigured Hyper-V Failover Cluster CSV cache

Microsoft Windows Multi-Site Failover Cluster Best Practices

Windows Server 2012 Multi-Site Failover Cluster is one of High Availability and disaster recovery solutions, although Windows Server 2012 Multi-Site Failover Cluster installation is very straightforward similar to single site Failover Cluster, however there is no consolidated public documentation that describe Multi-Site Failover Cluster in details showing best practices or implementation recommendations, so in this … Continue reading Microsoft Windows Multi-Site Failover Cluster Best Practices

Replicate SCVMM 2012 Clustered VMs using Hyper-V Replica & SQL Always-On

As one of the common scenarios for Disaster Recovery using Hyper-V Replica is to replicate System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Virtual Machine (VM) while utilize SQL Server 2012 Always-On to replicate the SCVMM DB, however when SCVMM is implemented as high available (SCVMM Cluster), then some points should be considered to allow safe failover to replica datacenter without … Continue reading Replicate SCVMM 2012 Clustered VMs using Hyper-V Replica & SQL Always-On