In the time it takes for you to listen to this one song (5 minutes 19 seconds), I build a cluster, create a highly available virtual machine and fail it from node to node multiple times.
Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 R2 includes Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV) – the ability for multiple servers in the cluster to have full read-write access to individual files on a cluster volume (the VHD files used in virtual machines). It’s this ability that enables Live Migration (the feature that everyone wants – but not many people really need).
As you can see from this demonstration, Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 is very easy, as is creating Virtual Machines using Hyper-V. Put the two together and you now have a very cost effective High Availability solution for consolidating your physical servers onto a virtualised platform. And we now have Live Migration!
Click to start, double click anywhere to play it in Full Screen and move your mouse over it to get the Player Controls to pop up.
Oh, and it’s here as well (different sound track):
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