Windows Longhorn Clustering (Beta 1)


The current Longhorn beta does not contain anything for clustering, it is simply not in the product at this point. I confirmed this with High Availability group at Microsoft. Look for clustering in the next version.

Bummer to, cause I have a Longhorn DC and two Longhorn member servers waiting to go…

More after I get the next release.

Word of the Day – Quorum

I subscribe to the word of the day RSS feed. Today the word is Quroum.

“Quorum comes from the Latin quorum, “of whom,” from qui, “who.” The term arose from the wording of the commission once issued to justices of the peace in England, by which commission it was directed that no business of certain kinds should be done without the presence of one or more specially designated justices.”

Very interesting stuff. How much of a geek am I? I read the word of the day and thought, cool I know this one (thinking of clustering only). Then I read both definitions on the page and thought, hey, you forgot one.

You don’t need to run a cluster in England to understand the importance of the quorum to Micorsoft clustering. Microsoft’s definition of the quorum:

“The quorum resource is a storage-class resource and it is used to store the definitive version of the cluster configuration. To ensure that the cluster always has an up-to-date copy of the latest configuration information, the quorum resource must itself be highly available.”

So, you could go as far as saying that quorum = clustering. What a great word of the day! I wonder when resource will be the word of the day?

Thank you New York and announcing a new Cluster Summit for December

A few months ago I mentioned that I would be teaching a custom clustering class ( in New York City (NYC) for Netlan Technology Center, Inc. (


I want to thank the great people of NYC, the students, and the wonderful staff at Netlan for making it a very successful week.


I would also like to announce the next date – December 5-8, 2005 at Netlan:


Netlan Technology Center, Inc.

39 West 37th Street, 11th floor
New York, NY 10018
Ph: 212-730-5900  Fax: 212-730-4411

Patrick Power,


See or for full class details.


I look forward to meeting and great even more of you in December.

Exchange, Windows, SPS, LCS, Live Meeting, Security, MIIS, Misc.


Are your clients using desktop search engines that index Exchange mailboxes or public folders? – Great stuff, very important today!


Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003 performance may be affected when desktop search engine software is running on Outlook or other MAPI client computers – KB for the above issue.


Exchange 12 will ship on DVD – fair warning! DVD ONLY!


Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) anti-spam features – order of execution


Why does Exchange use dynamic ports for the Information Store, et cetera?


Exchange 2003 SP2 Database Header changes


Permissions required to install the first Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) in the Org


A First Look at Exchange 2003 SP2


Overview of E12 Features


SSL Enabling OWA 2003 Using a Free 3rd Party Certificate


Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 BETA (build 7623.0) Exposed


Public Folder Replication – Troubleshooting Basics


Offline Address Book Integrity (OABInteg) Utility Explained


Supportability Change on Disabling the Exchange 2003 MTA Introduction – More on MTA’s in large clusters…


Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 and Windows Mobile 2003/2005



Windows 2000 is not dead yet – Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4 (KB891861)


Storage Manager for SANs Quick Start Guide


Print Management Step-by-Step Guide


Server Isolation with Microsoft Windows Explained


Step by Step Guide to Setting up Server for NIS


Overview of Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) in Windows Server 2003 R2



Microsoft SQL Server Report Pack for Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003


SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Word Breaker Update


Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Discovery Kit



Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Updating to Service Pack 1 and Enabling Public IM Connectivity


Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Deploying Access Proxy and Director


Live Communications Server 2005 Standard Edition Document: Deployment Guide


Live Communications Server 2005 Enterprise Edition Document: Deployment Guide


Group Alerts Sample for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005


Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Reference Guide


Live Meeting:

Live Meeting 2005 Windows-based Meeting Console Standalone Installer


Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting 2005 Registration User’s Guide


Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting 2005 Intranet Portal SP2 Administrator’s and Programmer’s Guide


Microsoft Office Real-Time Collaboration


Live Meeting 2005 Document: Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2005 Step by Step


Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting 2005 Registration Quick Start Administrator Guide


Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting 2005 Registration Quick Start User Guide


Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting 2005 SharePoint Web Parts Quick Start User Guide



Security sins in computer products


Anti-phishing White Paper


Updates to Understanding IPv6


DTCPing.exe – Troubleshoot firewall issues


Recommendations for Virtual Private Network Client Coexistence with the Internet Protocol Security Implementation in Microsoft Windows


Windows Server 2003 Internet Authentication Service (IAS) Operations Guide



Microsoft Password Change Notification Service



Project Planning at Microsoft –


Microsoft by the numbers


Server Clusters Management Pack for MOM 2005


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