Server / Datacenter

TMH03 Windows Clusters for Beginners: From Highly Fearful to Highly Reliable in 75 Minutes


8:00am - 9:15am

Level: Introductory

Mark Minasi

IT Consultant, Author, Speaker


Running Windows servers? Great. Making them more reliable with Windows clusters? No? Hey, that's got to change, you're SO gonna love clusters. Clusters build on the simple principle of "two heads are better than one." Windows clusters employ two (or more) servers to do the work that one server used to do, delivering a lot less downtime. Clusters have always been a good idea, but prior to Server 2012, they were expensive both hardware– and software–wise. They were also complex to set up. With Server 2012, however, Windows clustering got quite a bit cheaper, and so now it's time to exploit 2012/2012R2/2016's "champagne availability on a beer budget." How do you catch up on a technology that's been around for nearly twenty years? Join Mark Minasi and this award–winning fun, fast–paced and clear introduction of Windows clusters. You'll never build a cluster again without hearing someone singing, "Can I get a witness?"

You will learn:

  • The components of Windows clusters from an award–winning presenter
  • How Windows server technologies from the past few years have simplified setting up clusters
  • The basics of setting up your first cluster with just a small amount