SNW Demo: Windows Server 2008 Core, Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

I will be working at the Microsoft booth in the Storage Networking World next week in Orlando, Florida. I will deliver one of the demos there and my demo includes the following technologies:



  • Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 iSCSI Software Target

  • Windows Server 2008 Core Install

  • Windows Server 2008 iSCSI Initiator

  • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

  • Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering

We’ll have two servers running Windows Server 2008 Core, both with the Hyper-V role installed and connected to an iSCSI Software Target, running WUDSS 2003. These two Windows Server 2008 Core servers will be configured as a Failover Cluster using the iSCSI SAN as shared storage. We’ll use a third Windows Server 2008 with a Full install to remotely manage the Failover Cluster and Hyper-V. Here’s a little diagram of what it looks like:



The demo steps will include:



  • Check Initial State


    • WUDSS configuration

    • Node 1 configuration via command line

    • Node 1 configuration via remote MMC

    • Hyper-V configuration

    • Cluster configuration

  • Configure Node1


    • Create new Virtual Machine

    • Make Virtual Machine Highly Available

    • Start HA Virtual Machine

  • Configure Node 2


    • Add Node 2 to Cluster

    • Move HA Virtual Machine to Node 2 

Please note that the configuration above is not fully fault tolerant. For instance, we’ll have only one Ethernet switch. It is a demo, you know :-) . If you want to see more examples of configurations, including some that are fully fault tolerant, check my other post at: http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2007/12/07/high-availability-scenarios.aspx


Also note that is only one of the many ways to expose storage to a Hyper-V server and its child partitions. To see additional options, check my other two posts at http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2008/02/14/storage-options-for-windows-server-2008-s-hyper-v.aspx and http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2008/03/06/more-on-storage-options-for-windows-server-2008-s-hyper-v.aspx.


If you’re attending SNW Spring 2008, be sure to come by the booth, check the demos and ask some questions. For details about the event, check http://www.snwusa.com/.