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Hyper-V 3.0 SQL 2008 R2 Guest Cluster Support

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  • Hi, Can anyone verify the situation regarding support for a SQL 2008 R2 two node cluster running as virtual guests in a Hyper-V environment? Is it supported to use Cluster Shared Volumes? Has anyone actually implemented a SQL 2008 R2 cluster on Hyper-V? Any help would be most useful. 


    Carl Smith MCITP-EA

    Monday, June 24, 2013 9:34 AM

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  • Are CSV (Cluster-Shared-Volumes) supported for the guest cluster shared storage?

    You need to have iSCSI or FC (with the Hyper-V 3.0). See:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/03/21/virtual-machine-guest-clustering-with-windows-server-2012-become-a-virtualization-expert-in-20-days-part-14-of-20.aspx#.UchPaPlM98E

    How can I present Shared Storage to Virtual Machine Guest Clusters?

    Most clustered applications required shared storage that is accessible across all cluster nodes – whether those nodes are physical nodes, or in this case, virtual machines.  To expose shared storage to clustered applications within virtual machines, two common approaches can be used in Windows Server 2012:

    • iSCSI Shared Storage – Each virtual machine can leverage the built-in iSCSI Software Initiator included in Windows Server 2012 to access shared iSCSI LUNs for cluster storage needs.  This provides a very cost-effective way to present shared storage to virtual machines. 
        
      Don’t have iSCSI Shared Storage? Did you know that Windows Server 2012 includes a highly available iSCSI Target Server role that can be used to present shared storage from a Windows Server 2012 Failover Cluster using commodity SAS disks and server hardware?  Check out the details at: Step-by-Step: Speaking iSCSI with Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V.
    • Fibre Channel Storage – New in Windows Server 2012 is the ability to also leverage Fibre Channel storage within Virtual Machine Guest Clusters, supported by the new Virtual Fibre Channel HBAcapabilities in Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012.


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    • Marked as answer by Carls233 Monday, June 24, 2013 2:35 PM
    Monday, June 24, 2013 1:55 PM

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