Wednesday Tidbit: Using Cluster-Aware Updating to patch a Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster

20150820 - 1Recently I built a Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster to run my SQL, file services and Certificate Authority workloads. For a number of reasons (mentioned in the article) I decided to build it on the Server Core edition of Windows.

Whilst this offers numerous advantages, simplicity isn’t always one of them. One example of this is patching. Continue reading

Wednesday Tidbit: Using PowerCLI extensions fling to configure vFlash

20150713 - PowerCLIA couple of weeks ago VMware released the PowerCLI Extensions Fling. This gives users early access to experimental PowerCLI functionality in the form of modules.

Whilst the highlight of the release was undoubtedly Instant Clone (aka VMFork), a bunch of cmdlets appeared for configuring vFlash on hosts.  Fortunately for me, I recently had cause to use them.

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Create a Microsoft SQL 2014 Failover Cluster on Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Core

20150813 - 1When it first came out last year, I installed Microsoft SQL 2014 and configured an Availability Group to host my vCenter database (despite it not being supported).

Unfortunately it has never worked perfectly, and today I decided it was time to do the job right. I still need high availability for my SQL Server, and Microsoft Clustering Services would be ideal. Continue reading

Building an advanced lab using VMware vRealize Automation – Part 11: Configure endpoint & fabric/business groups

20150630 - vRAIn part 10 we configured the vRealize Automation default tenant for our lab. We decided against using multiple tenants as the lab is only hosting one organization, and business groups utilizing it will be defined using other means.

In this part, we configure the blueprints which will make up our service catalog. Continue reading

Building an advanced lab using VMware vRealize Automation – temporary stoppage in play

20150630 - vRAIf you have been following my series on vRealize Automation then you will have noticed I have not posted anything in the last week.

This is due to an error I’ve encountered whilst trying to add a licence for the IaaS components. Once I have resolved this (or pulled out all my hair and called VMware!) I will continue on with the series.

Thanks for checking back.