Part 3 – Windows Server 2008 Core – Failover Clustering with iSCSI

Finally a video with sound. Albeit I have a terrible cold and sound like John Wayne, but at least there’s some audio… Have seen some comments on the net on my silence, but at least now you know that I actually can speak.

This video deals with failover clustering on server core. We’re using Starwind to have our virtual Windows Server 2008 DC on Hyper-V to act as an iSCSI-target. Our two virtual Server Core servers are then configured to mount the disks through iSCSI. The commands used for doing this is SC for setting the startup type, net start for starting the iSCSI-service, iscsicli for adding the disks to the servers, diskpart for adding partitions and volumes and finally format to make sure the disk has a filesystem. If you need help with iscsicli, there’s a 90 page userguide over at Microsoft.

When that’s done we’ll add the remote administration feature to be able to administer our cluster. We create the cluster, add a clustered resource, in this case a share and finally we fail it from one node to the other.

If you’ve missed the two other videos, about installation and initial configuration of Server Core, I’ll post them again here:

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Officially launched in Sweden…

Yesterday I attended the official launch of Windows Server 2008 in Sweden. The event was held at “Talk” in Älvsjö, right next to the boat-fair that goes every year. Spent the day there preparing my demos which I had some trouble with due to beta software, preparing my guests for their appearance on stage and talking to a lot of colleagues both from Qbranch but also from other companies. A lot of shaking hands yesterday. At 17:40 I held my breakout session about Hörby Kommuns case which went very well. My guests Anders, Johan and Joakim said that they were nervous the whole day, but once on stage it didn’t show at all. Spent time with my fellow MEET:ers, Microsoft Extended Expert Team, we had an “Ask The Expert” zone at the launch. The evening was spent with food, beer and lots of laughs, was very nice. Pictures will come a little later.

 The launch site displays -1 today: