Installing, Configuring and Managing Windows Server Failover Cluster using PowerShell Series

Last year, I started writing an article that was supposed to be a series for¬†Installing, Configuring and Managing Windows Server Failover Cluster using Windows PowerShell. The first of the series came out on July 2013 (which ended up being the last article I wrote for the year 2013 on Since then, I’ve been involved […]

Two SQL Server Webcasts from

I’ve done two SQL Server webcasts for my friends at One is regarding security best practices for deploying SQL Server databases in the cloud. As more and more customers are thinking of deploying databases in the cloud, security is one of their main concerns. In the webcast, I talked about¬†principles and concepts on securing […]

Whacked Out Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster Validation Wizard

I’ve setup a number of Windows Server 2008 (and higher) Failover Clusters in the past and this is the first time I’m seeing this. I’m running the Failover Cluster Validation wizard on two servers that will be used as nodes for a Windows Failover Cluster. When I run the wizard from ServerB, everything works fine. […]

So you can’t configure clustering in a Windows Server 2003?

You might encounter this error when adding a node in a Windows Server 2003 Cluster Status: 0x800713de The quorum disk could not be located by the cluster service. This occurs even if you have created shared disks on a node you wanted to add in a cluster but created it on the same SCSI bus […]