New File Share Witness in Windows Server 2019

A new feature for the windows server 2019 that is currently released in the Windows insiders. If you want to test it out and provice feedback please follow the link and sign up.

One of the quorum models for Failover Clustering is the ability to use a file share as a witness resource.  The File Share Witness is designated a vote in the Cluster when needed and can act as a tie breaker in case there is ever a split between nodes.

There is a specific requirement that the witness should be joined to the domain and part of the same forest. And the reason is that it needs Kerberos to connect and authenticate with the share.

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File Share Witness and DFS

For Windows Server 2019, additional safeguards have been added to help protect from misconfigurations. We have added logic to check to check if the share is going to DFS.

Microsoft does not support running the File Share Witness on a DFS share and did not support it in the past and we will not support it for the foreseeable future.

In a Windows 2016  4-node multi-site Cluster with two nodes at each site running SQL FCI, where each side utilizing a storage replication for the shared drives. This connection to the file share Witness, a part of the DFS share.

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Windows Server Storage Migration Service

The Storage Migration Service was created to migrate servers and their data without re-configuring applications or users.

  • Migrates unstructured data from anywhere into Azure & modern Windows Servers
  • It’s fast, consistent, and scalable
  • It takes care of complexity
  • It provides an easily-learned graphical workflow

Windows Server 2019 and the Storage Migration Service are not supported in production environments!

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SQL Information Protection for Azure and On-prem

Microsoft announced  the public preview of SQL Information Protection, introducing advanced capabilities built into Azure SQL Database and on-premises SQL Server via SQL Server Management Studio for discovering, classifying, labeling, and protecting the sensitive data in your databases.

  • Helping meet data privacy standards and regulatory compliance requirements, such as GDPR.
  • Data-centric security scenarios, such as monitoring (auditing) and alerting on anomalous access to sensitive data.
  • Controlling access to and hardening the security of databases containing highly sensitive data.

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Blog Migration to Azure

It has been some time since I lasted posted, as it is an interesting period for me currently. But for now we will tackle a simple migration of the original Fintz Stack Blog to Azure using App Service.

First we do need an active Subscription, you could try the Free one for 12 months, as for me I went for a Pay-as-you-go plan.

chrome_2018-03-06_18-24-40I wont go deep how to backup or export your WordPress blog but more onto how to setup your first App service and Database. So by now you will have an active subscription and you are looking the azure Dashboard.

 

From there on the left click either All Services or the App services button, bellow I used the All services  and search for App Services and added a new one.

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