In order to learn a topic such as Windows Server Failover Clustering, you must have a complete personal lab. You’re only as good as your lab environment.
My friend and mentor, Microsoft Certified Master and MVP Edwin Sarmiento (b | t) recently published a video course on setting up a personal lab for deploying SQL Server on a Windows Server Failover Cluster.
This course is a preclude to his awesome course on Windows Server Failover Clusters.
Edwin’s course is a complete A to Z guide on setting up a personal lab. He provides detailed explanations, links, articles and additional resources for people interested in pursuing a deeper understanding of all the key components.
I completed setting up my personal lab using his course and I cannot thank him enough. I learned so many things outside the duties of an “everyday DBA” like Active Directory, DNS, and networking that I never knew before.
One beautiful thing about owning this course is once you go through the process of setting up the lab, you can delete it and start over from scratch. In doing so, you solidify certain topics, scripts, procedures and become a stronger IT professional.
If you’re serious about setting up an awesome HA / DR lab environment, I highly recommend purchasing Edwin’s course.