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Clustering for Mere Mortals

Dave Bermingham has been an IT professional since 1991. In 2004 he started work at SIOS Technology and began to focus on high availability and disaster recovery solutions for Windows and Linux applications. He has been a Microsoft MVP since 2010 with a current focus on high availability for SQL server and other applications running in the Azure, AWS and Google Cloud. He also maintains the blog Clustering for Mere Mortals where he writes many step-by-step guides and other resources in the area of his expertise. You can commonly find him speaking at SQL Saturday events and other conferences, generally on high availability and disaster recovery options for SQL Server.

Achieving SQL Server HA/DR with a mix of Always On Availability Groups and SANless SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances

Introduction

The topic of mixing SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) with Always On Availability Groups (AG) is pretty well documented. However, most of the available documentation documents configurations that assume the SQL Server FCI portion of the solution utilizes shared storage. What if I want to build a… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 13 March 2019

Configure SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance on Azure Virtual Machines with MSDTC #SQL #Azure #MSDTC

If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I write a lot of step-by-step guides for building SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) on Azure, from SQL Server 2008 through the lastest. Here are some links to get you started, but really there is very little difference… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 15 February 2019

Step-by-Step: How to configure a SQL Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster Instance in Azure

Introduction

If you are reading this article you probably are still using SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and want to take advantage of the extended security updates that Microsoft is offering if you move your SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 into Azure. I previously wrote about this topic in this blog post Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 4 February 2019

TICK TOCK…6 MONTHS UNTIL SQL SERVER 2008/2008 R2 SUPPORT EXPIRES UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION

If you are still running SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 you probably have heard by now that as of July 9, 2019, you will no longer be supported. However, realizing that there are still a significant number of customers running on this platform that will not be able to upgrade to… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 9 January 2019

How to Cluster MaxDB on Windows in the Cloud #Azure #AWS #GCP #SAP

Recently I have had a number of customers looking for a high availability solution for MaxDB on Windows in the cloud. Some customers have been in Azure and some in AWS. But regardless of the cloud platform, they all eventually find the post in the SAP Community WIKI that describes… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 28 December 2018

Moving a Google Form Between Google Domains

If you are anything like me, you might have a few different Google accounts that you work with on a regular basis. I ran into an issue recently where I spent a fair amount of time creating a Google Form, just to realize I did this while logged in with… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 1 November 2018

Email Alerts with SIOS DataKeeper

Over the past few weeks I wrote a 3-part series on how to configure email alerts based on Perfmon Counters, System Event Log Entries and a specific Windows Service Start or Stop Event. While these guides are relevant to any environment all of my examples were geared towards monitoring… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 30 October 2018

Step-by-Step: How to Trigger an Email Alert when a Specific Windows Service Starts or Stops on Windows Server 2016

Introduction

In my last post. Step-by-Step: How to Trigger an Email Alert from a Windows Event that Includes the Event Details using Windows Server 2016, I showed you how to send an email alert based upon specific Windows EventIDs being logged in a Windows Event Log. While that works… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 29 October 2018

Step-by-Step: How to Trigger an Email Alert from a Windows Event that Includes the Event Details using Windows Server 2016

Introduction

Setting up an email alert is as simple as creating a Windows Task that is triggered by an Event. You then must specify the action that will occur when that Task is triggered. Since Microsoft has decided to deprecate the “Send an e-mail” option the only choice we have… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 28 October 2018

Step-by-Step: How to Trigger an Email Alert from Windows Performance Monitor

Windows Performance Counter Alerts can be configured to be triggered on any Performance Monitor (Perfmon) Counter through the use of a User Defined Data Collector Set. However, if you wish to be notified via email when an Alert is triggered you have have to use a combination of Perfmon, Task… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 18 October 2018

Moving SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 clusters to #Azure for Extended Support

Earlier this year Microsoft announced extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 at no additional cost. However, the catch is that you must migrate your SQL Server installation to Azure in order to take advantage of the extended support. For all the details, check out https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2008. If… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 5 October 2018

Azure Outage Post-Mortem Part 3

My previous blog posts, Azure Outage Post-Mortem – Part 1 and Azure Outage Post-Mortem Part 2,made some assumptions based upon limited information coming from blog posts and twitter. I just attended a session at Ignite which gave a little more clarity as to what actually happened. Sometime tomorrow you… Read more

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Posted in Clustering for Mere Mortals on 26 September 2018