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Microsoft Hyper-V Clustering Quick Tips

Scott Williamsby Scott Williams @ Fully Managed™
Posted 7 years ago

Assuming you've got the core components in place (servers, storage, iSCSI / FC SAN, etc.) and have a good grasp on virtualization already, here are a couple of quick high level recommendations from our experience so far with Hyper-V:

  1. Enable CPU VT - Hyper-V will not work without it!
  2. If possible, use identical server hardware to provide you with the most flexibility (although this is not required).  Different hardware can be clustered but must pass the cluster validation.
  3. Prepare for failover!  Do not overload your hosts to the point of not being able to transfer VMs off a host for maintenance.
  4. Ensure the cluster servers have a physical Active Directory box they can communicate with.  If you virtualize all your domain controllers and you have to start up your cluster from scratch, it will not start without AD.
  5. Take advantage of Microsoft System Center!  Virtual Machine Manager for easy to deploy templates, shared media, and simplified management.
  6. Use Data Protection Manager for disaster recovery snap shots of your HyperV Virtual Machines.

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