Three Fault Domains in #Azure now default when using Resource Manager deployment model

After being away from Azure for a month or two this summer I decided fire up the Azure Portal to see what changes have been implemented recently as I prepare for my PASS presentation on Azure SQL Server high availability. I was extremely happy to see that they have finally started offering Three Fault Domains per Availability Set as the default setting if you choose “Resource Manager” as your deployment model instead of “Classic”.

If you have been following along, up until now when you created an Availability Set the default option was to create two Fault Domains per Availability Set. When deploying a cluster, it is important to have a minimum of three Fault Domains, one for each cluster node and one for your File Share Witness. This ensures that a failure of a single fault domain never impacts more than one of your quorum votes at any given time. Before this feature was implemented in the GUI there was a way to do it through an ARM Template, but putting it in the GUI makes it easy for those administrators not quite up to speed on ARM templates.

This feature now completes the steps I documented earlier on how to create a SQL Server FCI in Azure.

Clustering SAP ASCS instance on Azure

Microsoft published a blog post and white paper on clustering SAP ASCS instance using Windows Server Failover Cluster on Microsoft Azure public cloud.  It describes how to install and configure a high-availability (HA) SAP central services instance ASCS in a Windows Failover Cluster (WSFC) using the platform Microsoft Azure.

Download the white paper here



Protecting Business Critical Apps By @DaveBerm | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Protecting Business Critical Apps By @DaveBerm | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] — Gartner predicts that the bulk of new IT spending by 2016 will be for cloud platforms and applications and that nearly half of large enterprises will have cloud deployments by the end of 2017. The benefits of the cloud may be clear for applications that can tolerate brief periods of downtime, but for critical applications like SQL Server, Oracle and SAP, companies need a strategy for HA and DR protection. While traditional SAN-based clusters are not possible in these environments, SANless clusters can provide an easy, cost-efficient alternative.


Attend my session at Cloud-Expo on June 11th at the Javits Center in NYC –


Microsoft wants YOUR input on the next version of Windows Server

Windows Server has a new UserVoice page: with subsections:


This is where YOU get to provide Microsoft with your feedback directly.

Register to attend the Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference #MVPvConf @MVPAward

Hi All – I wanted to let you know about a great free event that Microsoft and the MVPs are putting on, May 14th & 15th. Join Microsoft MVPs from the Americas’ region as they share their knowledge and real-world expertise during a free event, the MVP Virtual Conference.

The MVP Virtual Conference will showcase 95 sessions of content for IT Pros, Developers and Consumer experts designed to help you navigate life in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform, Steve Guggenheimer, will be on hand to deliver the opening Key Note Address.

Why attend MVP V-Conf? The conference will have 5 tracks, IT Pro English, Dev English, Consumer English, Portuguese mixed sessions & Spanish mixed sessions, there is something for everyone! Learn from the best and brightest MVPs in the tech world today and develop some great skills!

Be sure to register quickly to hold your spot and tell your friends & colleagues.

The conference will be widely covered on social media, you can join the conversation by following @MVPAward and using the hashtag #MVPvConf.

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Clustering 101: Windows 10 Technical Preview, Storage Replica, Cloud Witness, Rolling Upgrade Introduction

In case you missed my webinar yesterday, you can view the recording here. In 30 minutes I give an overview to some of the most exciting availability features being worked on for the next version of Windows Server due to ship sometime in 2016. Cloud Witness, Storage Replica and Rolling Cluster OS Updates are just three of the new features being release with v.Next.