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From Microsoft Private #Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services Part 1 of 5 #Hyperv Clustering

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This is the first of five blog posts “From Microsoft Private Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services”.
Here you can find our Configuration hardware on-premisses and the Start of this blog series.

PRIVATE CLOUD Infrastructure :

Before we start with installing Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 on our hardware, it is important to check your vendor support for Windows Server 2012 R2.
For production is vendor support very important ! (Check this for your own hardware configuration first)
Microsoft built a lot of drivers into Operating System W2012R2, we use DELL Power Edge Servers and found the following about support :

Dell PowerEdge R710 Support

CHECK For Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Node

LIST Built in Drivers Windows Server 2012 R2Here you can find more information on Dell Power Edge Servers

Our Dell Power Edge Servers (R410 – R610 – R710 – M620) hardware configuration drivers are in the box of Windows Server 2012 R2 🙂

We already had Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition installed in our forest called ICTCUMULUS, with the DELL management DVD for W2012.
Dell Support & Drivers for the Power Edge R710

We successfully upgraded all the Servers from Windows Server 2012 => Windows Server 2012 R2 and we raised domain and forest functional level to R2 :

Raise Forest Functional Level

Here you see the configuration step-by step guide for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster :

Dell PowerEdge R710 Back Config networkDELL Power Edge R710 Hyper-V Node Back

We started with building the production Teams on each Hyper-V node with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 NIC-Teaming :

Enable NIC Teaming

Enable NIC-Teaming on the local Server with Server Manager

NIC Teaming Productie Teaming Mode

NIC Teaming Productie LB mode

NIC Teaming Productie Standby Adapter

Our two 1 Gbit NICs are both active for the capacity

Productie Team StatusOn each Hyper-V node.

NIC Teaming ProductieNIC Productie Team Settings.

NIC Teaming Productie operationeelHyper-V Productie Team is Operational.

Network overzicht Hyper-V NodeWe configured all four Hyper-V nodes the same :

  • NIC 1+2 Production Team
  • NIC 3 CSV for Storage (I-SCSI Trafic)
  • NIC4 Heartbeat network for Cluster.

For more information about Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 NIC Teaming is on this WhitePaper

Now we have network configured we can attach the I-SCSI LUNS to the Server, with our Dell Powervault MD3200i storage box :

Dell PowerVault 3200i Storage LUN Config

With the Storage Manager of Dell we made a Host Group “Hyper-V_Cluster” with the four Hyper-V nodes.
There we provision 5 LUNS ( 4 x VDISK of 1TB and 1 x VDISK for QUORUM) for the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V nodes.

ISCSI Initiator Icone

With iSCSI Initiator of Windows Server 2012 R2 we attach the storage which is provisioned with the Dell Storage Manager.

ISCSI Initiator Quick Connect

ISCSI Discovery Target Portal

ISCSI Volumes and DevicesHere you get your LUNS by clicking on Auto Configure.

Now we have the storage presented to the Hyper-V host and can we configure the LUNS with Diskmanagement :

Disk management Config 1Here we see the Disks in Disk Management.

Disk management Config 2

Disk management Config 3

Disk management Config 4

Disk management Config 5

Disk management Config 6

Disk management Config 7

Disk management Config 8

Disk management Config 9

Disk management Config 10

Do this with all the LUNS and give them the right Volume Label like for example CVS1, CSV2, CSV3, CSV4….

Disk management Config 11

Disk management Config 12From Server Manager you can see all the Hyper-V Nodes.

Now we Have Networking and Storage ready to go, we can install the Features Hyper-V and Failover Clustering of Windows Server 2012 R2.

Enabling Features with dism commando

Install prerequisite .net Framework 3.5 via de command prompt. Make sure you mount the Windows 2012 DVD in D:
Run as Administrator CMD.exe  and type the following commando : dism /online /enable-feature /all /featurename:NetFx3 /source:d:\sources\sxs

  1. Install the following features of Windows Server 2012 R2 : Hyper-V and Failovercluster
  2. Update Software via Windows Update.
  3. Open failover Cluster Manager

 

FailOverCluster 1

 

FailOverCluster 2

FailOverCluster 3

FailOverCluster 4

FailOverCluster 5

FailOverCluster 6

FailOverCluster 7

FailOverCluster 8

FailOverCluster 9

In our report we had a message about Gateway :

FailOverCluster 10FailOverCluster 11

FailOverCluster 12

Here we give the Cluster a name with IP-adres.

FailOverCluster 13

FailOverCluster 14

FailOverCluster 15After the Cluster is ready, we add the storage to Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)

FailOverCluster 16 CSV

FailOverCluster 17

For Hyper-V we set the Storage path for the VM Configs and VHDx Disks in Hyper-V Settings for each host.

Virtual Hard Disks Cluster path

With these steps we checked our hardware that’s in the driver box of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, we provisioned iSCSI Storage and made a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster.
My Next blog is all about Management with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and App-Controller.

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Author: James van den Berg

I'm Microsoft Architect and ICT Specialist and Microsoft MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management

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