headfunnelWith the preview release of System Center 2012 R2 there are a few additions to VMM 2012 that make clustering with Windows Failover Clustering in guest VMs significantly easier. Microsoft’s Kurt Scherer has a couple articles that explain how to use Service Templates to leverage these new features in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager to build a guest cluster with a Failover Cluster Instance installation of SQL Server as well as providing a downloadable sample that you can tailor to your environment. If you haven’t seen Kurt’s posts yet then you can check them out using the links below.

Application Management - Clustering SQL Guest Instances in R2: http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/archive/2013/09/07/application-management-clustering-sql-guest-instances-in-r2.aspx

Application Management – Clustering SQL Guest Instances in R2 – Part 2: http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/archive/2013/10/22/application-management-clustering-sql-guest-instances-in-r2-part-2.aspx

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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