Windows Failover Clustering Design Handbook (Windows Failover Clustering)
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Windows Failover Clustering Design Handbook

About the Book

Windows Failover Clustering (WFC) is one of the oldest technologies utilized by Windows Server for the high availability of systems and services, whether that be traditional on-premise IT infrastructures or hybrid and multi cloud infrastructures in Microsoft Azure. Failover clustering and other relevant Microsoft technologies such as Always On Availability Groups are in many cases the cornerstone of a resilient and solid infrastructure design. In various real life scenarios however, administrators come across incidents and issues in their Windows failover clustering infrastructure which have a significant impact on business operations and may incur catastrophic downtime for services offered to customers.

This handbook aims to consolidate all Microsoft and third party vendor best practices for Microsoft Windows Failover Clustering which can be applied in both host cluster and guest cluster scenarios. Building an efficient and error-free failover cluster encompasses concepts and design considerations from more than one areas, including the Windows Server operating system, Software Defined (SD) and Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) concepts as well as storage and IP networking design principles. The book takes a pragmatic hands-on approach by presenting the theoretical foundations of the inner workings of a failover cluster architecture, discusses the most frequent failover clustering usage scenarios and concludes with practical applications and sample scripts for auditing and health checking an existing cluster as well as for building a new cluster in an automated and consistent way.

About the Author

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Cloud School TV e-book library is a digital creation of Stefanos Evangelou. I have a genuine passion for learning and teaching. I am keen on creating high quality training content and on conveying digital skills knowledge to all audiences. I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) and an AWS Authorized Instructor (AAI, currently pursuing). I have a long background in cloud and systems engineering as well as IT consulting. My primary focus has been the Microsoft Cloud Platform. I have long been exposed to cloud projects with international clients in the United States and EMEA. My skills include in-depth technical consulting, large-scale system design, migration, deployment, cyber security, technical documentation and training. I have gained exposure to multicultural business environments and have attained a consulting-centric mentality with high quality communication, presentation and rapport skills. My experience in complex technical environments and architectures has equipped me with the ability to understand the big picture in balance with paying attention to detail. My proactiveness, loyalty and cooperative spirit have allowed me to play a key role in my areas of engagement.

Stefanos writes on the following topics:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML)
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Operating systems
  • Virtualization and containers
  • IP Networking
  • Data Engineering
  • Devops
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Microsoft 365
  • Blockchain and Web3
  • IT professional development
  • Cloud computing fundamentals

Stefanos holds a MEng in Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc in Web Technology from the University of Southampton, UK. Stefanos is a Citrix Certified Expert in Virtualization (CCE-V) and brings long years of overall IT experience and several years of hands-on technical training experience as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and CompTIA CTT+ trainer, by delivering preparatory courses for Microsoft certifications.

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