Windows Failover Clustering Design Handbook
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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

Stefanos Evangelou
Stefanos Evangelou

Stefanos Evangelou is the author of the following books:

  • Remote working and learning with Microsoft 365 (under development)
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Troubleshooting
  • Windows Failover Clustering Design Handbook
  • Windows Server Administration Tools and Management Consoles
  • An exploration of mobile opportunities in higher education

More about Stefanos books can be found at:

Stefanos writes on the following IT topics:



-Backup and DR


Artificial Intelligence


-Azure Virtual Desktop

-Citrix VAD

Operating systems


-Windows Server Hybrid

-Virtualization and containers

TCPIP Networking

Data Engineering




-Power Platform


-Open Source



Public Clouds

-Microsoft Azure



-Microsoft 365

Blockchain and Web3

Edge Computing and IoT

Electronics and quantum computing

-3D printing


IT professional development

-Fundamental digital skills

Stefanos Evangelou has a 17-year background in IT, specializing in cloud systems engineering and consulting based on the Microsoft and Citrix Cloud Platforms. He has provided team leadership and technical expertise in cloud projects in the United States and EMEA. His skills include technical leadership, in-depth technical consulting, large-scale system design, migration, deployment, quality assurance, technical documentation and training. Throughout his various professional engagements, Stefanos has gained exposure to multicultural business environments and has attained a consulting-centric mentality with high quality communication, presentation and rapport skills. His experience in complex technical environments and architectures has equipped him with the ability to understand the big picture in balance with paying attention to detail. His proactiveness, loyalty and cooperative spirit have allowed him to play a key role in all his areas of engagement.


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 15+ years of overall IT experience and 8+ years of hands-on technical training experience by delivering preparatory courses for Microsoft certifications. More details about Stefanos's professional background you can find at: Stefanos's other interests include blogging, online course creation and Greek traditional dancing.

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