SOLVED: How To Migrate A Server 2012 R2 Cluster To New Server 2016 Servers In 11 Easy Steps

If you want to simply upgrade your existing cluster from Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016, you just need to buy Server 2016 licenses and perform a “Server 2016 Rolling Upgrade”.  What this does is to take one of your cluster nodes offline, then upgrade it to 2016, then bring that node online, move the VM’s to it and then it takes down the next node, updates it and now your cluster is happy. However,…

SOLVED: Dell EqualLogic Host Connection Management Service Will Not Start: Error 2The system cannot find the file specified

If you have installed the Dell HIT Kit for EqualLogic product but cannot get the EqualLogic Host Connection Management Service to start, you likely need to install the Windows Server MPIO feature.  You may also see EHCM Service Is Not Running in the Dell EqualLogic MPIO tab of the iSCSI Initiator. The solution is to: Launch SERVER MANAGER Click your LOCAL SERVER (on the left) Click MANAGE > ADD ROLES AND FEATURES (top right) Click NEXT…

SOLVED: Should Defrag Be Run On a SAN or Clustered Shared Volume

I recently ran into a Microsoft Article indicating that it IS advisable to defrag a Clustered Shared Volume especially if that disk is housing Virtual Machines with Dynamically Expanding Disks. Unfortunately the answer is more complex really relates to WHERE that CSV is stored.  If it is  stored on local disk or using Direct Attached Storage then you might want to defrag BUT if it is stored on a SAN (i.e. you are connecting your servers to disk using iSCSI,…

SOLVED: How To Perform a Chkdsk on a Clustered Shared Volume on an iSCSI SAN

If you have a Dell EqualLogic SAN or similar product providing shared disk for your cluster and you see: CHKDSK SCAN NEEDED ON VOLUME don’t panic.  In the ‘old days’ a Chkdsk could take days to complete on a large volume.  Today however, if you are running Server 2012, R2 or Server 2016, you can use the new /SPOTFIX switch to make your Chkdsk very fast. The next concern is “should a Chkdsk be run…