ProductHow to Build a Personal Lab for Deploying SQL Server on Windows Server Failover Clusters

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


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