Ashish's Note

Over the past few years, I learnt a lot and get fond of Microsoft Technlogy. From The basics of Active Directory to the high end troubleshooting and disaster recovery, to the VPN configuration, Its being a good time for me as I got lots of opportunities to learn and grow.

In 2004, I got hired by "Microsoft" as a full time employee in its GTSC located in Bangalore. I experienced hardcore troubleshooting on real time issues as a big challange and very very intersting, which gave me vibrant knowledge of Operating System Troubleshooting, Active Directory, Clustering, Performance, Disks, Terminal Server, Printing, STOP Codes and BSOD screens.

My Fantastic past experience on HP/MSCS cluster, Server Hardware and System Administration, boosted my skills to take charge of customer's problem and make me to deal with the issues till the resolution.


Today working with Perot Systems, I am using this Blog to contribute my knowledge to the society and to make every individual who need directives to grow in IT field.

Lets post your views and questions you have, hit my brain to let it mentor the best possible IT solutions and career options.

Yours,

Ashish Sharma.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Achieved MCITP: Enterprise Administrator Windows 2008



Woohoo!!! Today I passed the 70-647 exam, Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator. Now I get to add some more alphabet soup to my signature (MCITP 2008 Enterprise Administrator). My unbroken streak of passed exams continues! This MCITP certification is equivilent to the MCSE credential for Windows 2003.If you're interested in the certification path, see this link: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/windowsserver/2008/default.mspx.

Great Question about FailOver Clustering in Windows Server 2008?

Q. What is really new about Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008?

No service account - now uses a local system account
No support for Parallel Attached SCSI (PAS), this allows for better hardware control and failover
16 nodes if you use a 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008
Support for GPT disks, yes larger than 2TB disks are now supported natively
Validate - ensure your systems are cluster ready and help you follow best practices
4 Quorum models, no more single point of failure for the quorum
Majority quorum model
Majority of Nodes
Witness disk
File Share Witness
Improved IPSec, no more 7 minute timeout when failed over!
Stretched clusters can have nodes in different network segments with various speeds
Cluster Migration Tool - to help you migrate
MMC 3.0 snap-in, no longer a seperate application
Setup/install 2003 was 23 steps, now 3 steps. Yes I said 3 steps