Failover Cluster – An error was encountered while loading the network topology

Sharing and friendly reminder for myself as I will for sure run into this problem again in the future.

When creating a Windows Failover Cluster, you get this error message (btw, did you know you can Ctrl+C copy the text from a dialog box and paste like this);

 

Solution: In this case I had to remove the User Account from AD’s “Protected Users” group because Failover Cluster is still using NTLM and CredSSP. Relogon and it’s now possible to create the cluster, and then just add the user back into the Protected Users Group.

Using Azure DNS for Dynamic DNS with PowerShell


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I’ve been using DynDNS and other Free DNS Services for  some time, but as they are getting harder and harder to use for free. Like you need to remember to logon and click a button once a month and what not. I figured it was time to migrate to Azure DNS instead. Being able to use PowerShell to handle my DNS together with everything I’ve already automated makes my life so much easier. And as I’ve already got a couple of domains and some Azure subscriptions there was more or less no increased cost for me.  As you can see in the picture, Azure DNS Pricing is really cheap.

I’ve used Task Scheduler to scheduled the script below to run at Computer Startup on one of my Hyper-V Hosts at home, and then every hour. That guarantees that if there is a power failure and I get a new IP from my ISP, when the server boots, the external DNS pointers will be updated at once and just to be sure check every hour.

In short, the script checks your External IP and compares that to the IP of the hostname you want updated. If they are not identical, it will logon to Azure and update the hostname with your current IP.
Simple as that.

In my case, I’ve setup a UserName in AzureDNS who has access to just that DNSZone and are using that UserName in the script.

 

You obviously need to migrate an existing or register a new DNS Zone to Azure and use Microsoft’s NameServers for this to work.