Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012 R2

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Windows Server Virtualisation

Hi, My name is Piyush. I always wanted to understand the bits & core of MS cloud solutions & how different components integrate, for instance Hyper-V® and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, along with Windows fail-over clustering to provides High Availability & makes possible to manage your local data-center & automate the management task. Microsoft’s solution for virtualization is its Hyper-V technology, which is a core part of
Windows Server and is also available in the form of a free stand-alone hyper-visor.

The virtualization layer is only part of the solution. Management is just as critical, The next big step is Azure which is also powered by Hyper-V. This Blog series is dedicated to “Windows Server Virtualization” which is built on top of the familiar Microsoft technologies of Hyper-V® and System Center.

I have decided to divide this in three different sections & I am going to take reference from tech-net, MS blogs & you-tube channel, which I find appropriate in the respective of the content we are going to discuss here.

The latest Version of Hypervisor(Hyper-V) available is;

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter/Standard
Version: 6.3.9600 N/A Build 9600

Topics which I’ll  trying to cover is ;

 1) Hyper-V
 2) Windows fail-over clustering with Hyper-V
 3) System Center Virtual Machine Manager. 
 You can start with following post of mine which outlines the key Windows Virtualization components.  “Windows Virtualization components” .
There is a free online course available form Microsoft Virtual Academy which is dedicated to server virtualization. Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center”.
The same content can be accessed on Channel 9 “Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center”

Modules Outline

 Mod 01: Evaluating the Environment for Virtualization

Mod 02: Installing and Configuring the Hyper-V Server Role

Mod 03: Creating and Managing Virtual Hard Disks, Virtual Machines, and Checkpoints

Mod 04: Creating and Configuring Virtual Machine Networks

Mod 05: Virtual Machine Movement and Hyper-V Replica

Mod 06: Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V

Mod 07: Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Mod 08: Managing the Networking and Storage Infrastructure in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Mod 09: Creating and Managing Virtual Machines by Using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Mod 10: Configuring and Managing the System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine

Mod 11: Managing Clouds in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Mod 12: Managing Services in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and App Controller

Mod 13: Protecting and Monitoring Virtualization Infrastructure

There is another Interesting TechNet Radio available on channel9 about building your Hybrid cloud, though they are discussing about the windows 2012 R2 Storage foundation but they cover the aspects off windows virtualization.

(Part 1) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Foundation

(Part 2) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Hyper-V Enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2

(Part 3) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Networking Enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2

(Part 4) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Managing Cloud Foundations with Windows Server 2012 R2

(Part 5) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Building a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012 R2

(Part 6) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Networking in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

(Part 7) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Managing Storage with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

(Part 8) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Build Your Compute Fabric with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

(Part 9) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Getting Started with the Windows Azure Pack

(Part 10) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Windows Azure Pack Remote Console Support

(Part 11) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Service Management Automation

(Part 12) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Windows Azure Pack and the Virtual Machine Role Gallery

(Part 13) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Cross-Premises Virtual Networking with Site-to-Site VPN and ExpressRoute

(Part 14) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Disaster Recovery to the Cloud with Azure Site Recovery

(Part 15) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Getting Started with Automating the Hybrid Cloud using PowerShell

(Part 16) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Migrating Applications to Microsoft Azure from Hyper-V, VMware, Amazon AWS & Physical Servers

(Part 17) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC

(Part 18) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Automated Provisioning for Linux in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure

(Part 19) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Monitoring and Alerting for Azure Workloads

(Part 20) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Protecting Data with Encryption – Part 1

(Part 21) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Protecting Data with Encryption – Part 2

(Part 22) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Orchestrating a Hybrid Cloud with Chef and Azure

(Part 23) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Azure Key Vault

(Part 24) Getting Started with Azure Resource Manager

(Part 26) Delegating Management in the Cloud with Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

(Part 27) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Nested Virtualization in Windows Server 2016