Creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Hyper-V Cluster Lab – Part 3 (VM Creation)

Hi Again! Time for part 3 of the series walking you through setting up a 2012 R2 Preview Hyper-V Cluster.

Part 1 was the prep, available here.

Part 2 setup the cluster, and that’s available here.

This time, we’re setting up some VM’s, and enabling live migration, so that we can test the cluster features.

To start, make sure the 3 VM’s we’ve configured so far are running. That’s the domain controller, and the two Hyper-V hosts. On the domain controller, copy over the 2012 R2 Preview ISO file, and copy it onto the cluster storage so that both Hyper-V hosts can access it. Then, open up Failover Cluster Manager. When adding clustered VM’s, you need to add them via Failover Cluster Manager, otherwise, they’ll be non-clustered VM’s. To add a VM, do the following:

1. In Failover Cluster Manager, right click on “Roles” and then choose “Virtual Machines” followed by “New Virtual Machine”.
2. Choose a node to create the VM on and click OK.
3. Click Next on the first screen, then give your VM a name on the second.
4. Make sure you change the location of the VM to be on your cluster storage. This will be in “C:\Cluster Storage\Volume1\”
5. If you want a backwards compatible machine, choose “Generation 1”. To see and test all the new features, choose “Generation 2” and then click next.
6. Give the machine some RAM, and then choose whether or not to enable Dynamic Memory. Click Next.
7. Choose your external switch (or any other switch you’ve created) for it’s networking, and then click Next.
8. Create a hard disk, making sure it’s disk is less than the size of your iSCSI volume!
9. Now you can choose to install an OS later (at which point you can choose how at boot time), or to mount a CD now, or to let the machine know you’ll be booting from a network based install method. Choose the bootable image option, click Browse, locate your 2012 R2 Preview ISO file and click next.
10. Click Next.
11. Click Finish.

Now, you can boot your machine, it’ll boot from the CD and you can install the OS.

Once that’s done, you can start playing with Failover. Try switching off one of the hosts (power it off the harsh way even) and see what happens… Use the live migrate option to move the machines around.


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