House Keeping In The Cluster Aware Updating GUI

When you work in an environment with multiple clusters and some of them are replaced, destroyed etc, you’ll end up with stale clusters in the “Recent Clusters” list of the Cluster Aware Updating GUI. In the example below the red entry (had to obfuscate, sorry) is a no longer existing cluster but it’s very similar to a new one that was created to fix a naming standard error. So we’d like to get rid of those to prevent mistakes and cluttering up the GUI with irrelevant information.image

The Recent Cluster list is tied to your user profile and you can end up with a list polluted with stale entries of no longer existing clusters. To clean them out you can dive into the registry and navigate to:


Simply delete the entries that contain the values of the old cluster that are no longer in existence.

Close the Cluster Aware Updating GUI it still open and reopen it. You’ll see the stale entries to the one or more no longer exiting clusters in “Recent Clusters” is gone.image

Benign GUI Cosmetic Bug in Failover Cluster Manager (UseMnemonic Property)

Here’s a little issue I‘ve run into with using an ampersand (&) in the naming of the networks in the Failover Cluster Manager.

As you can see the name “Heart Beat & CSV” shows up correctly in the left side navigation pane. In the management pane is show up as “Heart Beat _CSV”.


So me being a bit an old scripter / VBA / VB developer I have seen this before and I try what I know to do from that far away, long ago and dusky part of my IT history: type in double ampersands (&&). The good old UseMnemonic Property for you in the know Winking smile VB & VBA devies wanting to display an & on a button, label etc. will know this trick of using && to really display a & as a single & indicates an action. But I digress.


So as you can see it’s fixed in the management pane but now you end up with double ampersands in the left navigation pane.


And then it also shows up with double ampersands in PowerShell


This is one for the GUI team to fix I guess. Perhaps the UseMnemonic Property is set to false in the navigation pane label and to true in the management pane label. So far my frivolous reporting on benign GUI cosmetics bugs in Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Open-mouthed smile We’ll be resuming our more serious blog posts in the very near future.