It’s all about your downtime tolerance

02. March 2017 Business, Technical 0
Before you go picking the cheapest possible IT solution that meets your business requirements, or on the other side of the equation, adding unnecessary complexity to your network, you first need to consider: What is your downtime tolerance? If you don’t answer this critical question, you might end up with a solution that cannot live ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Basic Setup

16. February 2017 Technical 4
I have previously shared a slightly more complex method for configuring a simple 2-node failover cluster, involving a converged Hyper-V virtual switch, with QoS policies and so forth to manage traffic on the Management, CSV and Live Migration networks. However, there is another config I wanted to share, which in some cases is preferable in an ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: MPIO & CSV Storage

08. August 2016 Technical 0
Continuing our last post on Hyper-V Failover Clustering, we turn our focus from networking to storage. To bring storage into the picture, we will have to provision some volumes from Storage Spaces, our SAN or other Shared Storage device. This varies by vendor, so see their documentation for more details. However you do it, just be ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Converged Network

04. August 2016 Technical 2
In this post, we will look at a concept known as “Converged Networking” for setting up a simple two-node Hyper-V cluster (a great option for small businesses). The basic idea is that all of your physical network adapters will be brought together as a single NIC team, and thereby made interchangeable–it’s just connection tissue to ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Affordable HA for the SMB

01. August 2016 Technical 3
Next to Office 365, virtualization is still the number one recommendation I make to small businesses. It’s a no-brainer. Enabling Hyper-V opens up so many great opportunities–grow your server’s CPU, RAM or storage on the fly, perform host-level backups, Live Migrate to new hardware with no downtime, use Hyper-V Replica or Azure Site Recovery for DR, eliminate downtime with ...