TechEd – Clustering Sessions

On the Cluster Team blog there’s a list of the clustering sessions / HOL’s / demos listed now. There are a whole lot of stuff going on at TechEd which’ll give you an insight in clustering technology. Apart from my two product demos the list looks like this:

Here are the Clustering and High-Availability events: 

Breakout Sessions

SVR 311 & 312 – Failover Clustering with WS08 R2
•       Presenter(s): Symon Perriman, Microsoft

•       Abstract: Come and learn about all the new enhancements that are going to be delivered in Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 R2. This session will drill into updates to the cluster validation tool, the new cluster configuration program and other exciting features.  We will be focusing on different features in each presentation.
SVR 304 – WS08 Failover Clustering Troubleshooting Tips and Best Practices
•       Presenter(s): David Dion, Microsoft

•       Abstract: As Windows Server operating systems become increasingly accepted in the large scale and high-end mission-critical parts of organizations, the requirements for disaster tolerance and business continuance become more and more important. The goal of this session is to cover the considerations on how you can build a complete High Availability solution with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Failover Clustering to ensure that there is no single point of failure.
SVR 305 – Configuring Hyper-V for High Availability
•       Presenter(s): Ralf Schnell, Microsoft

•       Abstract: Running virtualized operating systems introduces a dependency on the underlying virtualization infrastructure. If the virtualization host is a standalone machine, it actually becomes a single point of failure for all guest systems running on top of it. So, let’s get this thing clustered! But how do we do that and do so in a way that allows every single guest system to move around in that cluster independently from all the others? Well, turning one single virtual machine stored on a shared LUN into a Cluster resource has become almost embarrassingly simple with Hyper-V. But that’s one – how about one hundred or one thousand? We might want to avoid using drive letters in that case – unless you want to limit yourself to 22 virtual machines on a 16 node cluster. How then do we store the guest systems data and configuration files? Actually there are multiple ways of how to accomplish this, and we’ll look into the technical details, and the advantages and disadvantages of those, and try them out live on stage.
SVR 306 – WS08 R2 Hyper-V Architecture, Scenarios & Networking
•       Presenter(s): Jeff Woolsey, Microsoft

•       Abstract: This session provides a high-level overview of the architecture of Hyper-V and VMM. The session then introduces the audience to an all-up view of the different scenarios enabled by server virtualization and virtualization management. Product demonstrations within this presentation highlight the features of Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 in the context of the following four key use scenarios: 1) Consolidating production servers; 2) Providing business continuity and high availability; 3) Creating an agile testing and development environment; 4) Enabling the dynamic datacenter.
SVR 202 – WS08 R2 Hyper-V Feature Dive
•       Presenter(s): Rajesh Davé & Jeff Woolsey, Microsoft

•       Abstract: Want to get a sneak peek at what’s new in Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 R2? This session focuses on the new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. The session also covers the base architecture of Hyper-V and provides guidance on key areas like storage management, performance and more.
DAT 302 – Making Sense of the High Availability Tools in SQL Server 2008
•       Presenter(s): Andrew Fryer, Microsoft

•       Abstract: SQL Server can be designed to be ‘always on’ but what do you have to do to achieve this; do you need to make key design decisions and what are the implications of making them. ‘Always On’ can be achieved with apparently conflicting technologies, this session looks at all of these including clustering, mirroring, replication to see how they differ but more importantly how they can work together to form a complete strategy to ensure you can always retrieve your data.
UNC 306 – High Availability in Exchange 2007 SP1, Part 1: CCR/SCC Failover Clusters
•       Presenter(s): Scott Schnoll, Microsoft

•       Abstract: Are you digging out your backups every time there is a failure? Are you paying a lot for that hardware replication that promises zero data loss? Join us in this session to learn about how you can provide highly available e-mail with a reduced TCO using Exchange Server 2007 SP1 HA features and why you should use CCR.



Interactive Sessions

SVR 05-IS – Failover Clustering Design
•       Presenter(s): Symon Perriman & David Dion, Microsoft

•       Abstract: Does the word cluster leave a sour taste in your mouth? Does it strike fear into your heart? Come and learn about how simple Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering is and how you can now be successful. Come and share the pain you have with clustering today or reasons you don’t deploy them even when you have a need to implement a high availability solution. Come to this session and learn about how you can use the enhancements; be ready to ask tough questions and get answers.
SVR 11-IS – Windows Server 2008 R2 – Why should I care?
•       Presenter(s): Iain McDonald, David Dion, Dan Reger & Others, Microsoft

•       Abstract: What is Windows Server 2008 R2? Why should I care about it when Windows Server 2008 has only been release for a short time? What is a R2 release anyway? Come and participate in an open discussion with a group of R2 experts representing virtualization, management, clustering, web platform and more.


Labs & Demos

SVR 02-ILL (Repeated) – Windows Server 2008 High Availability and Failover Clustering
•       Presenter(s): Symon Perriman, Microsoft

•       Abstract: This lab offers an overview of the failover clustering capabilities of Windows Server 2008, including the tools for simplified setup, validation and management.
SVR 03-PD (Repeated) – Building a Failover Cluster with WS08 Core
•       Presenter(s): Joachim Nässlander, MVP – File Systems & Storage, Qbranch

•       Abstract: This session will show you how to configure and build a cluster with Windows Server 2008 Core. It includes firewall configuration, iSCSI connections, remote management and other technical solutions. The finished cluster can be used to deliver almost any clusterable resource with a higher level of reliability and less management thanks to the architecture of Windows Server 2008 Core.
SVR 53-HOL – WS08: High Availability
•       Hands On Lab

•       Abstract: This lab will introduce you to the components that provide Windows Server 2008 High Availability. You will begin by configuring an ISCSI SAN using the Microsoft ISCSI Software Target and ISCSI Initiator on Windows Server 2008 Core. Once the SAN is operational, you will create two highly available resources; a file server, and a DCHP server. Once you have verified that the file server correctly responds to a failed node, you will perform some basic administration tasks using the new Cluster.exe command.
SVR 69-HOL – High Availability with WS08 Network Load Balancing
•       Hands On Lab

•       Abstract: With this lab discover how Network Load Balancing with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise enables you to easily build a highly available infrastructure IIS7 Infrastructure.
SVR 54-HOL – WS08 Hyper-V: Exploring Hyper-V and Implementing Quick Migration
•       Hands On Lab

•       Abstract: This lab is intended for IT Professionals who are deploying virtual machines using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, and wish to make those virtual machines highly available. You will begin by exploring and configuring a new failover cluster. You will then create new virtual machines, and store those virtual machines on a SAN, for use with the cluster. Finally you will configure the virtual machines as highly available and configure them to fail between cluster nodes. When completed, you will be able to perform quick migration on those virtual machines.
UNC13-HOL Using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication
•       Hands On Lab

•       Abstract: In this lab, learn how to use Exchange Server 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication. Gain hands-on experience by configuring Windows Server 2003 Cluster Services Exercise, installing and configuring Active and Passive Exchange Server 2007, and moving Exchange Server 2007 resources between cluster nodes.
Read more over at

Going to TechEd?

Are you going to Barcelona next week? I’m all prepared at least, my two product demos are done. Script is done. Some meetings booked, some nightly activities booked. Now it’s just waiting, waiting some more and Sunday morning 07:00 it’s takeoff!

This is probably the year where I’m best prepared for going, I’ve looked at a few sessions I’ll attend too, there are a lot of interesting stuff this year.

If you have nothing else to do I’ll spend time in the Terminal Services ATE-booth and the Failover Clustering-booth, come by and say hi. And you can’t of course miss my product demo of Server Core and Failover Clustering, it’s Wednesday 12.20 and Friday 12.20. You’ll see how to build a two node cluster on Server Core and a firsthand look at Core Configuration Console.

CCC 0.91

Core Configuration Console 0.91 is ready for release today. Some new functions in this release:

Server information in main menu
Enable / Disable Windows Update
Check for updates
List installed patches
Screen resolution (640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×1024, 1600×1200)
List roles / features
Search roles / features
Enable / Disable Firewall Groups
Enable / Disable WinRM
Enable / Disable Remote TS
(including set/unset CredSSP)

Download at:

All CCC versions available at

Bugs? Email!


Just wanted to say thank you to all of you who attended Rival today at Microsofts Virtualization Launch event and watched all the presentations today. I was happily surprised of the feedback I personally got after my presentation (which thankfully worked out, the joy of alpha code).

For those of you that want to know more about devilsticks I can recommend for general information, for how-to’s and a bunch of tricks. This guy is pretty good

If you want to know more about Windows Server 2008 R2, you’ll have to wait. But from the demo today you know at least one new thing. And it works!

I got to do an interview with Mike Neil too, it’ll be posted at once it’s edited. Mike is the General Manager of Virtualization at Microsoft, and in the interview he shares his thoughts on some hot topics.

Core Configuration Console 0.91

All CCC versions available at

Update: See for the latest release!

CCC has had a number of downloads by now (more than anticipated I’d say). The feedback I’ve got so far is the ability to add/remove roles, list installed roles, configure some services that we’re not handling right now and screen resolution. In the making at the moment is a minor update to make some of it work, it’ll probably be released closer to the weekend or beginning next week.

Update: It is released, see

Have any more wishes for CCC? I’m thinking iSCSI but that’s a lot of parameters, which all differ each time you use it… We’ll see if I come up with a clever plan.

Read what others say about Core Configuration Console:

FREE: Core Configuration Console (CCC) – Basic Server Core setup

Tomorrow I’m speaking and doing a demonstration at the Swedish launch of Hyper-V at Rival at Mariatorget. I’ve spent two days setting up a really cool demo showing off some new infrastructural changes in Microsoft software. If you’re there you’ll see it, otherwise I’ll tell you when I can. Yeah, I know, but I can’t tell…