Windows Server 8 Failover Clustering – New Features and Relevant Blog Articles

Elden Christensen recently blogged about some of the new features of Windows Server Failover Clustering in Windows Server 8. You can read the entire post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clustering/archive/2012/03/19/10285168.aspx

All of these features are welcome additions, but my personal favorite is the “Dynamic Clusters” or what I think is probably better described as “Dynamic Quorum”. It basically allows the quorum to reconfigure itself dynamically so that if configured properly you could actually withstand the failure of all but one remain node (last man standing) and still have a functional cluster. Previously this was only possible if you used the “Disk Only” quorum model which is not recommended as the disk quorum represented a single point of failure.

With the new dynamic quorum model as nodes are removed from the cluster the remaining nodes reconfigure themselves in the most resilient manner. For example, previously if you had a 5 node cluster using the “Node Majority” quorum model if you happen to lose three nodes the remaining two nodes would shut down as they no longer had a majority vote (2 out of 5 is not a majority). With the new model, as nodes leave the cluster the quorum reconfigures itself so that the remaining two nodes would remain online.

The description above is really an over simplification of what actually happens under the covers and I plan to write more about it in the future, but it is definitely a welcome feature that you should check out!

There are a few other blog articles relevant to clustering in Windows Server 8 that you will definitely want to check out as well….

How to Enable Failover Clustering and Network Load Balancing PowerShell Help on Windows Server “8”:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clustering/archive/2012/03/21/10286213.aspx

How to Enable CSV Cache:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clustering/archive/2012/03/22/10286676.aspx

How to Create a Cluster in a Restrictive Active Directory Environment: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clustering/archive/2012/03/30/10289577.aspx

Windows Server 8 Failover Clustering – New Features and Relevant Blog Articles

5 thoughts on “Windows Server 8 Failover Clustering – New Features and Relevant Blog Articles

  1. Sams C says:

    Hi David, we would like to know whether the present version of Steeleye Cluster edition will work with Windows 2012 server and that when will a newer version especially for Windows 2012 server come out ? Also we are evaluating Steeleye for our client in IT consultancy is it possible for us to get an evaluation of newest edtiion for our potential customer ? Thanks a lot for any help reply…

  2. Sams C says:

    Hi David, we would like to know whether the present version of Steeleye Cluster edition will work with Windows 2012 server and that when will a newer version especially for Windows 2012 server come out ? Also we are evaluating Steeleye for our client in IT consultancy is it possible for us to get an evaluation of newest edtiion for our potential customer ? Thanks a lot for any reply or help…

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