Windows 8 Cluster Update #CAU ( Cluster Aware Update Wizard )

Updating and patching of you cluster is always a lot of work failover and patching and the other node. level the cluster etc etc.

Windows 2012 has a new tool for this : Cluster Aware Update Wizard. It is not a WSUS replacement.

How does it work well like this. You do not have to install any role or feature to use this.

Just start the CAU ( Cluster Aware Update Wizard ) no not COW 😉

Or do this of a cluster, yes it can be clicked but it won’t work you can’t patch the server that you are running the CAUW . so use a management server.  start the tool and connect to the cluster the Tool looks in the AD or netbios and off you go


Check my fresh installed windows 8 cluster and see if there are updates needed and sure there are two updates ready to install.

First I do a check / report what updates the nodes needed.

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Now I do the update nodes and the wizard goes and ask me all kind of stuff but I can do only next.

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Now that the wizard is ready It starts to update the nodes you can follow the update progress in the log view screen. I have one failure ( just for testing)

After the Reboot the cluster is ready and up again no problemos.

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Author: Robert Smit [MVP]

Robert Smit is Senior Technical Evangelist and is a current Microsoft MVP in Clustering as of 2009. Robert has over 20 years experience in IT with experience in the educational, health-care and finance industries. Robert’s past IT experience in the trenches of IT gives him the knowledge and insight that allows him to communicate effectively with IT professionals who are trying to address real concerns around business continuity, disaster recovery and regulatory compliance issues. Robert holds the following certifications: MCT - Microsoft Certified Trainer, MCTS - Windows Server Virtualization, MCSE, MCSA and MCPS. He is an active participant in the Microsoft newsgroup community and is currently focused on Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, SQL Server, Azure and all things related to Cloud Computing and Infrastructure Optimalization. Follow Robert on Twitter @ClusterMVP Or follow his blog Linkedin Profile Http:// Robert is also capable of transferring his knowledge to others which is a rare feature in the field of IT. He makes a point of not only solving issues but also of giving on the job training of his colleagues. A customer says " Robert has been a big influence on our technical staff and I have to come to know him as a brilliant specialist concerning Microsoft Products. He was Capable with his in-depth knowledge of Microsoft products to troubleshoot problems and develop our infrastructure to a higher level. I would certainly hire him again in the future. " Details of the Recommendation: "I have been coordinating with Robert implementing a very complex system. Although he was primarily a Microsoft infrastructure specialist; he was able to understand and debug .Net based complext Windows applications and websites. His input to improve performance of applications proved very helpful for the success of our project

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