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

Working at the Microsoft booth in the Storage Networking World in Orlando, Florida. I delivered one of the demos there and my demo included 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

The main goal of the demo was to show how to configure highly available virtual machines.

Demo Configuration 

We had 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 were configured as a Failover Cluster using the iSCSI SAN as shared storage. We used 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 looked like:

To further simplify things, I created a single custom MMC (Microsoft Management Console) with all the snap-ins I needed during the demo, including:

  • Remote Desktop (to access the WUDDS Server GUI and the command-line UI in the two Hyper-V nodes)
  • Computer Management (two instances, one for each of the two Hyper-V nodes)
  • Hyper-V Management
  • Failover Cluster Management

Demo Steps 

The demo steps included:

  • Checking the WUDSS configuration
  • Checking the Hyper-V Node 1 configuration via command line
  • Checking the Hyper-V Node 1 configuration via remote Computer Management MMC
  • Creating a new Virtual Machine on Node 1
  • Making the Virtual Machine Highly Available
  • Moving the Highly Available Virtual Machine to Node 2 

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Windows Server 2008, WS2008, Hyper-V, Hypervisior, Failover, Clustering, Cluster, Server Core, Storage, iSCSI, SNW, Demo

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