As IT professionals, we need to understand the importance and value of continuous learning in our careers. The industry is constantly changing, new technologies being introduced … and the only way to be more confident at what you do is to constantly improve your skills.
What better way to do that than to have a personal lab environment that allows you to safely test ideas and concepts prior to doing it in a production environment.
In this mini-course, I will show you how to build a personal lab environment for deploying SQL Server on Windows Server Failover Clusters – be it for the traditional failover clustered instances (FCI) or Availability Groups (AGs.) I will show you the lab environment that I used for creating my online course Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) for the Smart SQL Server DBA.
Leveraging Microsoft Hyper-V Server as the virtualization platform, I will walk you thru:
- – Creating a Microsoft Hyper-V Server host machine
- – Building Active Directory domains and sites across multiple data centers
- – Configuring routing and networking across data centers
- – Creating servers in multiple data centers for use as nodes in a Windows Server Failover Cluster
How to Build a Personal Lab for Deploying SQL Server on Windows Server Failover Clusters