This step by step guide contains detailed steps that are required to deploy a 2-node File Server Failover Cluster that spans the new Availability Zones in a single region of Azure. The guide assumes that you have basic knowledge of Azure as well as Failover Clustering. The focus will be on deploying a File Server Failover Cluster in Azure across Availability Zones.

DataKeeper Cluster Edition (DKCE) allows you to take the locally attached Managed Disks, whether Premium or Standard Disks, and replicate those disks either synchronously, asynchronously or a mix or both, between two or more cluster nodes. DataKeeper Volume resource is registered in Windows Server Failover Clustering which takes the place of a Physical Disk resource. Instead of controlling SCSI-3 reservations like a Physical Disk Resource, the DataKeeper Volume controls the mirror direction, ensuring the active node is always the source of the mirror. Failover Clustering acts like a Physical Disk and is used the same way Physical Disk Resource would be used.


  • The user should be comfortable using the Azure Portal and deploying virtual machines in Azure IaaS.
  • The user will have obtained a DKCE license (permanent or evaluation) or running DKCE Pay-As-You-Go instances.


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