Windows Server Failover Clustering never fails to fail over.
March 07, 2020

Windows Server Failover Clustering never fails to fail over.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Windows Server Failover Clustering

At our organization, we use Windows Server Failover Clustering to keep our Azure DevOps Server environment in a high-availability state for our end users. Both the application tier and the SQL tier are clustered so that if there is a network fault or outage, the system will fail-over to the other server node, and the user can continue to work without knowing the server was down.
  • Works great with SQL Server clustering
  • Highly configurable, but simple and intuitive
  • Cluster events are shown in the tool (No need to go to the Windows Event Logs)
  • Would be nice if the tool had built-in alerts for when a fail-over occurred
  • Only one network card on a node in the same network
  • Failover clustering saves the business thousands of dollars when unplanned network outages occur thanks to 24/7 uptime of our critical systems.
  • Failover Clustering saves the business thousands of dollars for planned outages, not needing a blackout period for our users.
Windows Server Failover Clustering is the only clustering tool I've used. I am new to clustering and have nothing else to compare it to. That said, it does the job as needed. I never felt the need to investigate other options.
Online documentation is excellent. Everything I needed to know, I learned from the online documentation. I haven't used phone support as I haven't needed to but would presume it is similar to Microsoft Support for other products that I've used. Phone support from Microsoft is hit and miss. It depends on who you get. That said, my rating is based on the online documentation.

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Windows Server Failover Clustering is well suited for organizations that need to have systems running in a high-availability mode. If there are systems that would pose a high cost to the business if there is downtime due to unplanned events, then Windows Server Failover Clustering will help assure 24/7 uptime. Also, clustering can be helpful for planned events, such as server updates. You can install an upgrade on the inactive node and then fail-over manually, switching the active and inactive nodes, upgrade the other node, and then failback. Also, while I don't have direct experience with this aspect, my understanding is that Windows Server Failover Clustering is also well suited for load balancing VMs.