Always On Failover Cluster Instance Boot Camp

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Course Availability: Online Instructor-Led & Classroom-Based
Course Duration: 2 Days

Deploying an Always On Failover Cluster Instance (FCI) is a tried-and-true method for achieving uptime for both Windows Server- and Linux-based deployments. Even with the popularity of Always On Availability Groups, FCIs still have their place and are used more often than many think.

Covering multiple versions of SQL Server through 2017, SQLHAU®’s Always On Failover Cluster Instance Boot Camp is geared to those who need to know how to properly plan, deploy, and administer FCIs whether they are on premises or in the public cloud.

Over the course of two days, students will learn:

  • How FCIs work and where they should be used – even in non-physical environments
  • How to design the underlying cluster (Windows Server Failover Cluster or Pacemaker) properly for FCIs including:
    • Considerations for shared storage and the options available, whether you are looking to deploy on physical hardware, in virtual machines, or up in the public cloud
    • Network design, including how virtualized and cloud-based deployments are different
    • Shared storage design for FCIs, both the differences between Windows Server and Linux and how the underlying platform such as vSphere or Hyper-V influences how shared storage is presented
    • How to approach quorum
  • What to do with other SQL Server features that are not clusterable when deploying FCIs
  • How to deal with the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator
  • How to troubleshoot FCI configurations
  • Best practices, tips, and tricks that can be put to use immediatelyIf

The Always On Failover Cluster Instance Boot Camp features SQLHAU®’s world-class, hands-on labs with multiple levels of difficulty so you can work at your own level of comfort … or push it a bit. You will experience how to build and administer FCIs firsthand based on real-world scenarios.

Taught by SQL Server availability expert, dual Microsoft MVP, and vExpert Allan Hirt whose experience with FCIs goes back 20 years to Windows NT, this class will help you up your FCI game.

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