The Cluster in a Box Validation Kit for Windows Server
Previously, the stand-alone Cluster in a Box Validation Kit for Windows Server helped to confirm that continuous availability (CA) storage controller and drivers met all applicable requirements for the Windows CA Hardware Platform Validation Program. Now, the Validation Kit has been replaced by new tests included in the Windows 8.1 Windows Hardware Certification Kit. These tests conduct various end-to-end test scenarios by running IO workloads and data integrity tests against the cluster during a planned or unplanned failover.
A Windows continuously available file server provides critical storage availability without failover disruption. This solution includes at least two Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012 nodes enjoined by Microsoft Failover Clustering Service and CA storage controllers managing the shared storage. A continuously available file server is able to shield client computers from failover activities and helps ensure that failover is transparent from the perspective of client computers or applications storing data on the file server.
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Continuous Availability Requirements
The detailed requirements are outlined in the Windows 8.1 Preview WDK documentation. For more details about obtaining the kit, see "Related sites" on the right side of this webpage.
Cluster in a Box in 2013: How Real Customers Are Making Their Businesses Highly Available with Windows Server 2012
With the release of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft hardware partners announced their plans for shipping Cluster in a Box systems. These systems combine server blades, shared storage, internal cabling, and redundant power supplies into a single chassis targeted at the volume server market. In this session, we show actual, shipping hardware and present detailed case studies about how real customers are using these new systems to solve their business needs. We show you detailed system configurations and in-depth workload and performance analysis so that you can understand exactly how these experiences relate to your own requirements.