Last week I found a very challenging issue on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 database cluster.
We were planning on doing some maintenance on a cluster. After we were done, we found out that not all cluster resource groups were working on one of the nodes.
After investigating, it seemed that those resource groups had not worked on that node since somewhere in October last year!
Cluster resources could not be brought online on a specific cluster node. The resource works fine on other nodes.
Only the pfysical disk cluster resource could not be brought online, the IP Address and Network Name have no problems with being brought online.
It seems someone has been playing around on the cluster node with a tool named “TrueCrypt”.
This tool claims drive letters. When you do that on a passive cluster node where the drive letter is assigned but not in use, it will corrupt the drive assignment.
Following these steps has solved my issue, since it basically re-creates the disk association on the cluster node:
Test all cluster resources on all cluster nodes before you begin maintenance on a cluster.
For all the lucky ones that managed to register for the 71-669 “TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization” beta-exam, this post.
What will you need to know to pass this exam? What do you need to study?
For the official Microsoft Learning page for this exam, take a look here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-669&locale=en-us#tab1
Most of the information I need, I get from there.
Skills Being Measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.
Deploying and Managing an Enterprise Desktop Virtualization Environment
Deploying and Managing a Presentation Virtualization Environment
Deploying and Managing an Application Virtualization (App-V) Environment
Managing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Environment
A few video’s about MED-V: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1f0d3e54-25d1-4ec1-a844-3b508bd63ffa
And a very nice FREE ebook from Microsoft about their virtualization solutions: http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_press/archive/2010/02/16/free-ebook-understanding-microsoft-virtualization-r2-solutions.aspx
And something I browse before every exam: http://edge.technet.com/
Good luck with the exam… And, as always, have fun!