Surviving the Windows Server 2003 Cluster Bomb, Part II

I can’t believe it. Just when you think it’s safe to go back to reading the web… Part II  of the worst clustering article of all time is out. Back in July (http://msmvps.com/blogs/clustering/archive/2005/07/21/58509.aspx) I wrote how bad Part I was. Several months later Part II came out and I missed it. A former ClusterHelp.com student asked what Russ and I thought of Part II. Russ, summed it up nicely (http://msmvps.com/blogs/clusterhelp/archive/2006/06/23/102671.aspx) and I won’t restate what I wrote about Part I – even though it still fits. Let’s just say I hope there is not going to be a Part III.

Can I cluster Small Business Server (SBS)?

Susan Bradley recently wrote about clustering SBS – http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2006/06/26/102877.aspx Let me answer the question from a clustering point of view – you can’t do it. Plain and simple. If you truly need that level of High Availability – add a second Domain Controller.

Thank you Boston and Tech Ed 2006

I had an excellent time in Boston and truly enjoyed speaking at Tech Ed. What a great city to visit [:)] I brought my entire family along to enjoy it, my wife and 4 kids – even my Mother to watch the kids while the wife and I painted the town Red. Looking back over my sessions I am overwhelmed by the turn out. If you combine the two clustering sessions approximately 15% of the Tech Ed attendees came to the sessions. That is simply amazing. It was a great feeling to stand in Grand Ballroom B and talk about a … Continue reading Thank you Boston and Tech Ed 2006

Tech Ed 2006 – Boston is almost here and I can’t wait

I have lots planned for next week in Boston. I am delevering 3 sessions, one is a repeat because of demand (http://msmvps.com/blogs/clustering/archive/2006/03/14/86357.aspx). Make sure to arrive early for the clustering session to ensure you get a seat. I have been working with the Windows Server product team and I managed to get them to sponsor some give aways (two boxes full). I will not see what they sent until I arrive on the 10th to my hotel. It’s suppose to be logo stuff. I can’t wait to attend the other clustering and High Availabilty sessions. Talk to the experts on the floor. … Continue reading Tech Ed 2006 – Boston is almost here and I can’t wait

NYC ClusterHelp.com classes – New exciting hardware, more dates, classes selling out fast

Lots of advancements around our New York, New York training classes: New hardware: Every student now gets to use brand new Dell machines: Pentium D Processor 820 with Dual Core Technology (2.8GHz, 800FSB) 2 GB DDR2 Non-ECC 667mhz SDRAM80 GB 7200RPM fast SATA serial drive These machine are very fast 🙂 Yes, 64 bit rocks! More dates have been added: September and December have been posted. Classes are starting to sell out: The September class only has a few seats left, so book today to ensure you get a seat. If the demand warrants it Russ will fly out and we will run … Continue reading NYC ClusterHelp.com classes – New exciting hardware, more dates, classes selling out fast

Exchange 2003 Standby Cluster – Disaster Recovery

Here are a few of the resources you will want to read up on: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/DROpsGuide/b740dd10-01de-41a7-a186-94ec158976cc.mspx?mfr=truehttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/disrecopgde.mspxhttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/DROpsGuide/d2492381-e9d5-4827-b7ff-7ac614ccc36d.mspx?mfr=truehttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/bpfha.mspxhttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/DROpsGuide/f110fed4-76e0-43d2-a94c-99e43acca91c.mspx?mfr=truehttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/DROpsGuide/2493c2d6-618c-4c49-9cb1-fff556926707.mspx?mfr=true

What really are LooksAlive and IsAlive?

LooksAlive: Will perform a cursory status check every  five seconds (by default). This routine checks that the resource is not marked as “Failed,” which indicates a loss of the resource.IsAlive: This is a much more complete check that occurs every 60 seconds (by default). This routine checks that the resource status is not marked as “Failed,” which indicates the resource failure. If the status is not marked as “Failed,” in the case of a Physical Disk resource a FindFirstFile runs on the root of the disk to make sure the file system is still mounted and that the disk is accessible. Some resources … Continue reading What really are LooksAlive and IsAlive?

Having problems installing SQL SP4 on a SQL 2000 Cluster?

Verify that there are no dependencies or extra resources other than those created by the SQL Server setup on any of the SQL Server cluster resources. Resources such as file shares, print servers, etc.must always have a unique network name and an IP address resource. You must remove any such non-default dependencies before you install SQL Server 2000 SP4. No dependencies other than those supplied by the SQL Server setup should be used. For example, if you have MSDTC resource in the SQL group and if MSDTC is dependent on SQL Server Network Name and SQL IP Address then you may have this issue. If this is … Continue reading Having problems installing SQL SP4 on a SQL 2000 Cluster?

Can’t use "Manage My Server" because cluster nodes cannot be managed with manage your server – yet you don’t have a cluster?

Please, please, please – only do the steps below IF you don’t have a cluster on said machine. Only if your machine thinks it’s a clustered node. Try this first: From the command prompt (where nodename is the machine’s name): cluster node nodename /forcecleanup Chances are that the following key and “ClusterInstallationState” DWORD value under it are missing on your server: If that does not work… HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Cluster ServerCreate the key and the DWORD value by following the steps: Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\    Right click –> New –> Key “Cluster Server“    Right click on “Cluster Server” key –> New –> DWORD … Continue reading Can’t use "Manage My Server" because cluster nodes cannot be managed with manage your server – yet you don’t have a cluster?

Cluster Driver Directory Does Not Change the Location for Printers on the Shared Disk

If you use the Print Migrator you may run into an issue, say if the location moved from F:\PrinterDrivers to P:\PrinterDrivers. Legend F:\PrinterDrivers” is current location T:\PrinterDrivers” is desired location on shared disk 1. Check the following registry entry to confirm the path:  [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Cluster\Resources\72678bf4-64fc-4072-9f38-29b8861f16e2\Parameters]  “ClusterDriverDirectory”=”F:\PrinterDrivers”  The above entry should be pointed to “T:\PrinterDrivers”  ( shared disk) Note GUID maybe different, look for the ClusterDriverDirectory parameter. 2. If this is not pointing to “F:\PrinterDrivers”, stop the Cluster Service on BOTH nodes, and  run this command  from the  command prompt : cluster . res spooler /priv ClusterDriverDirectory=”T:\PrinterDrivers”  <ENTER> 3. Restart the cluster … Continue reading Cluster Driver Directory Does Not Change the Location for Printers on the Shared Disk