Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Configuring a guest Windows 2008 R2 Cluster on virtual machines with virtual shared storage

This is a lab environment I created of a virtual windows cluster with iSCSI virtual shared disk.
The setup consists of 3 Windows 2008 R2 VMs
  1. Active Directory and Storage Server: DC
  2. Cluster First Node: Node1
  3. Cluster Second Node: Node2

First promote DC to a domain controller and install Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

From Administrative Tools run the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target and create a new target

For the initiators identifiers click Advanced then Add.

Choose Identifier Type as "IP Address" and fill in the IP of the first node.
Repeat to add all the other nodes you want to have in the cluster.

Finish the Wizard and create a new disk for the target

Specify the path and size of the cluster shared disk and finish the wizard

Now the configuration of the DC server is complete, join the nodes in the domain and run "iSCSI Initiator" from Administrative Tools

Type the IP address of the storage server DC and click "Quick Connect"

The disk should appear now under Disk Management

Bring it online, similarly configure the other nodes then create a cluster as you normally do

You now have a fully virtual cluster with virtual nodes and virtual storage.

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