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  • Question

  • Hi guys,

    I am to setup a new IT infrastructure, running on two Hyper-V hosts and a shared storage. I want to cluster my servers, then setup and AD before any new VMs. How do I go about this, considering I need to join the servers to the domain for it to validate before i can create any VM in this cluster? Do i create an AD before i create the cluster?

    Sunday, November 10, 2019 2:21 PM

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  • Hi,

    Thanks for posting in our forum!

    >>Do i create an AD before i create the cluster?

    Although in winodws Server 2016, we can create a failover cluster in a workgroup environment, but this is a bit cumbersome to deploy. From my personal experience, I suggest that we deploy a failover cluster in a domain environment.

    But in your situation, if we want to create a vm in our Hyper-V  and set this VM as our DC, and then add this two hyper-v and storage to this domian, then we create a failover cluster with this machine.

    Although we can set up cluster successfully, but there is a lot of risk in this environment, and I strongly do not recommend this deployment.

    So, the best practice is to find another machine as a DC, then join two hyper-vs and storage to the domain, and deploy the cluster in the domain environment.

    For more discussion, you can see here:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/lync/en-US/05286621-3898-443b-a6cb-c4ce85fef3b1/setup-failover-cluster-without-ad?forum=winserverClustering

    Hope this can help you.

    Best Regards,

    Daniel


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    Monday, November 11, 2019 7:22 AM
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  • Hi,

    Thanks for posting in our forum!

    >>Do i create an AD before i create the cluster?

    Although in winodws Server 2016, we can create a failover cluster in a workgroup environment, but this is a bit cumbersome to deploy. From my personal experience, I suggest that we deploy a failover cluster in a domain environment.

    But in your situation, if we want to create a vm in our Hyper-V  and set this VM as our DC, and then add this two hyper-v and storage to this domian, then we create a failover cluster with this machine.

    Although we can set up cluster successfully, but there is a lot of risk in this environment, and I strongly do not recommend this deployment.

    So, the best practice is to find another machine as a DC, then join two hyper-vs and storage to the domain, and deploy the cluster in the domain environment.

    For more discussion, you can see here:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/lync/en-US/05286621-3898-443b-a6cb-c4ce85fef3b1/setup-failover-cluster-without-ad?forum=winserverClustering

    Hope this can help you.

    Best Regards,

    Daniel


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    Monday, November 11, 2019 7:22 AM
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  • It is not uncommon to have your Domain Controllers as non-failover VMs on cluster nodes.  What you do is install Hyper-V on the nodes you plan to cluster.  Then, assuming you do not already have an existing Active Directory, build your Active Directory domain controllers on the Hyper-V hosts, storing the VM files on local storage.  You should create at least two domain controllers, each one on a different node.  Then you join your Hyper-V hosts to the domain and create a failover cluster using shared storage.  All VMs created after that are stored on the shared storage.  I set up such environments multiple times with no issues whatsoever.

    tim

    • Proposed as answer by Eric SironMVP Monday, November 11, 2019 6:27 PM
    Monday, November 11, 2019 2:33 PM
  • Hi,

    I am writing here to confirm current situation.

    If the above suggestion are helpful to you, please be kind enough to "mark it as an answer" for helping more people.

    Regards,
    Daniel

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    Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:40 AM
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