Setup Virtual Machine Clusters on 2 different Hyper-V Hosts. RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am trying to setup a SQL Cluster with 2 VM's on 2 different Hosts.  Does anyone know if this is possible and what is the best way to do this?
    Friday, November 6, 2009 8:13 PM


  • This is no different than clustering two physical servers.

    The VMs are the entities that are clustered.
    There are no clustering settings at the host level or in the settings of the VMs.
    All the clustering setup would be in the OS of the VMs themselves.

    The tricky part is presenting the shared storage.

    You could use an HBA on the host to receive and present a shared SAN LUN to each VM as a passthrough disk.

    You could use iSCSI and connect to an iSCSI LUN from within the OS of the VMs.

    You can even add all the complexity of clustering the two SQL VMs, and then also setting them up as Highly Avaialble VMs in a HYper-V host cluster.  However, this would be unnecessarily redundant.

    Brian Ehlert (hopefully you have found this useful)
    • Proposed as answer by Vincent Hu Wednesday, November 11, 2009 8:34 AM
    • Marked as answer by Vincent Hu Monday, November 16, 2009 8:13 AM
    Friday, November 6, 2009 9:04 PM