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Pop Quiz: Windows Server 2012 R2 Guest Clustering

Applies to the "Plan and implement a server virtualization infrastructure" objective of Exam 70-414.

Q: A company's IT team is in the planning stage of implementing highly available virtual machines on a guest failover cluster using the shared VHDx technology in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Which of the following can be configured as a shared VHDx? (Choose all that apply.)

  1. Host Disk
  2. Operating System Disk
  3. Data Disk
  4. Witness Disk

Answers are C and D. Only Data Disks and Witness Disks can be configured as a shared VHDx.

Quick Tip: Do not configure Operating Systems Disks as a shared VHDx. Doing so will cause the cluster to fail.

Reference: Deploy a Guest Cluster Using a Shared Virtual Hard Disk

Bonus Question: Which Microsoft technology uses a combination of Trusted User Domains and Trusted Publishing Domains? (The answer, of course, will be revealed next time!)

Answer to bonus question from last week: System Center 2012 R2 is required when deploying a Windows Server Gateway.  


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