3 Reasons To Join My Newest Online Course: Windows Server Failover Clustering for the Smart SQL Server DBA


For the past two weeks, I have been mildly teasing about my newest online course – Windows Server Failover Clustering for the Smart SQL Server DBA. I have been working on this personal project since last year and was supposed to officially launch it earlier this year. But I have had to pull back a […]

Avoid These Failover Clustering Mistakes That Can Cost a SQL Server DBAs Job


I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a customer several years ago. I was asked to join a conference call to discuss a new SharePoint 2013 farm deployment. My involvement was limited to designing and deploying a SQL Server 2012 Availability Group for all of their environments – a different vendor was engaged to […]

The Traffic Light In Your Datacenter

How This One Simple Yet Very Important Concept Helped Me Understand What Windows Server Failover Clustering Is All About


You know how it feels like to stare at this for a very long time (I ended up having to wear eyeglasses because of it.) Better yet, try it. Just for 5 minutes straight without blinking. But staring at a computer monitor for a long time isn’t the real issue. It’s the confusionĀ of trying to […]

An Underrated Feature: Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs) with SQL Server Failover Clustered Instances


In a previous blog post, I talked about the benefits of using cluster shared volumes (CSVs) for your SQL Server 2014 and higher failover clustered instances (FCIs). It’s also interesting how SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master and Microsoft MVP Argenis Fernandez (blog | Twitter) responded to a Twitter post I shared about the blog post […]