Practice Exams for Windows

Practice Exams for Windows

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Managing Failover Clusters with Windows PowerShell (Part 2)

Start by firing up Windows PowerShell and importing the failover clusters module.

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To get a list of commands available for the failover clusters module (or any other module), use the get-command cmdlet with the module parameter, as shown below:

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You can get help on any particular command using the get-help cmdlet and specifying the name of the cmdlet, as shown below:

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You can add the –detailed or –full parameters to get-help for more information, example: get-help test-cluster –detailed

To test a cluster configuration either before or after implementation, you can run the test-cluster cmdlet. The –list parameter lists all available tests.

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You can include and exclude tests using the –Include and –Ignore parameters respectively.

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In the one-line command below, I include only the validate software update levels check and specify a destination filename for the report (notice it is missing the .mht file extension in the first command). Then I invoke the report in the default browser, separating each command with a semi-colon:

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In part 3 of this series I will cover adding resources to a cluster and managing virtual machines, including scripting live migration. It’s going to be awesome!

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