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Building Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances - Part 1 - Design

It is not always easy to divide Low-level Design and High-Level Design. How to differentiate between high-level and low-level design depends on the entity that we refer to. When we need to design our cloud then high-level decision could be choice of the technology that makes our SQL Servers highly-available. But when we talk about our business or company (the entity) then SQL Servers are in Low-level Design category. This means that following division to High-level Design and Low-level …

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Building guest (virtual) File Server Failover Cluster on Hyper-V host with Windows Server 2012 R2

Install guest (virtual) failover cluster

Please continue to the Building guest (virtual) failover cluster series to learn how to create guest cluster from the virtual machines.


Cluster: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

Two nodes

Failover Clustering


Witness disk: One disk on a shared VHD or VHDX virtual disk

Cluster disks: One or more disks on a shared VHD or VHDX virtual disk

Correctly configured Quorum

Create a File Server clustered role …

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Building guest (virtual) Failover Cluster on Hyper-V host with Windows Server 2012 R2 - Part 2 - Install and configure cluster

Prerequisites of Failover Clustering

Domain join

Join to the domain.


$domain = ''

$userName = 'UserWithPermissionsToAddComputerIntoDomain'

$password = 'Your-Password' | ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText -Force

$login = '{0}\{1}' -f $domain, $userName

$credential = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential($login, $password)

Add-Computer -DomainName $domain -Credential $credential -Restart

Configure storage

Online all disks on all …

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Building guest (virtual) Failover Cluster on Hyper-V host with Windows Server 2012 R2 - Part 1 - Create virtual machines

This article will guide you through how to build guest (virtual) cluster using Hyper-V on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. Functional Failover Clustering is the first step before installation of clustered File Server or AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instance on Microsoft SQL Server etc. You can use this guide on a single Hyper-V host or on the Hyper-V cluster.

Hyper-V role on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 gave us great opportunity to simply create virtual machines and configure …

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Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster - Part 7 - Installation of the first VM directly into HA

This article is not part of the Building Microsoft System Center Cloud series but we will use the new cluster to host our VMs in the cloud series.

The cluster is now configured and we can continue with installation of the virtual machine that will be our the most widely used VM. It will be our management server. In the production environment we would install it as terminal server but in our environment we will install it without Remote Desktop Services role like any other member server in …

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