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We have a new post that covers Windows Server "8" Beta and File Servers. It provides step-by-step instructions for deploying an evaluation version of SQL Server 2012 (just released last week) using a Windows Server “8” Beta Scale-Out File Server Cluster. The goal of this post is to help your testing or learning of the product, so it uses only VMs in a single computer with 8GB of RAM. It includes instructions on how to install things from scratch, including Hyper-V, DNS, AD, iSCSI, File Server, Cluster and SQL Server. It includes both PowerShell and GUI instructions for most steps, and also quite a few screenshots.
Here’s an outline of the post, which is many pages long:
1. Introduction1.1. Overview1.2. Hardware1.3. Software1.4. Notes and disclaimers 2. Install Windows Server “8” Beta2.1. Preparations2.2. Install the OS2.3. Rename the computer2.4. Enable Remote Desktop 3. Configure the Hyper-V host3.1. Install the Hyper-V role to the server3.2. Create the VM switches3.3. Rename the network adapters3.4. Assign static IP addresses for the Hyper-V host 4. Create the base VM4.1. Preparations4.2. Create a Base VM4.3. Install Windows Server “8” Beta on the VM4.4. Sysprep the VM4.5. Remove the base VM 5. Configure the 5 VMs5.1. Create 5 new differencing VHDs using the Base VHD5.2. Create 5 similarly configured VMs5.3. Start the 5 VMs5.4. Complete the mini-setup for the 5 VMs5.5. Change the computer name for each VM5.6. For each VM, configure the networks5.7. Review VM name and network configuration 6. Configure DNS and Active Directory6.1. Install DNS and Active Directory Domain Services 6.2. Configure Active Directory6.3. Join the other VMs to the domain6.4. Create the SQL Service account 7. Configure iSCSI 7.1. Add the iSCSI Software Target 7.2. Create the LUNs and Target7.3. Configure the iSCSI Initiators7.4. Configure the disks 8. Configure the File Server 8.1 Install the required roles and features8.2. Validate the Failover Cluster Configuration8.3. Create a Failover Cluster8.4. Configure the Cluster Networks 8.5. Add data disks to Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)8.6. Create the Scale-Out File Server8.7. Create the folders and shares 9. Configure the SQL Server9.1. Mount the SQL Serve ISO file9.2. Run SQL Server Setup9.3. Create a database using the clustered file share 10. Verify SMB features10.1. Verify that SMB Multichannel is working10.2. Query the SMB Sessions and Open Files10.3. Transparently move SQL Client between file server nodes10.4. Survive the loss of a client NIC 11. Shut down, startup and install final notes12. Conclusion
You can read the entire post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2012/03/15/windows-server-8-beta-scale-out-file-server-for-sql-server-2012-step-by-step-installation.aspx