In this lab, you will see how the new, continuously available file server in Windows Server 2012 allows user sessions to move from one file server node to another without any downtime. In this lab you will create the entire cluster environment starting with the configuration of the iSCSI storage and then the creation of the 2-node cluster. Once the cluster is complete, you will create the necessary cluster resources.
This lab assumes that you have completed these prior labs:
Server 2012 R2 – Lab Guide – Part 1 – Step by Step – Including Dual Boot Instructions
Server 2012 R2 - Lab Guide - Part 2 – Windows 2012 R2 – Storage
In this series of exercises, you will explore the following: • Configuring iSCSI Target software. • Create a 2-node failover cluster. • Moving file server traffic to a different cluster node, without interruption of network services.
This lab requires the following host computers and virtual machines created during these previous labs.
Your Hyper-V Host machine
◦ Host Name: [Various]
◦ OS: Windows Server 2012
◦ Primary Roles: Hyper-V Server
◦ OS: Windows Server 2012
◦ Primary Roles: Domain Controller
◦ Additional Roles: DNS
◦ Primary Roles: File and Storage Services
◦ Primary Role: Failover Clustering
Tasks that will occur in this lab module:
1) Add additional hardware to prepare for failover clustering.
2) Create a 2-node Failover Cluster (Part 1: Configure Storage).
3) Create a 2-node Failover Cluster (Part 2: Configure Cluster1 and Cluster2).
4) Connect to an existing failover cluster.
5) Configure Highly Available File Share.
6) Transfer file server traffic to a different cluster node, without interruption of network services.
Part 1 - Add additional hardware to prepare for failover clustering.
Use the following parameters:
Attaching the Disk to the Virtual Machine
Adding the Cluster Heartbeat virtual network to the Cluster virtual machines
Part 2 - Create a 2-node Failover Cluster (Configure iSCSI).
Creating the iSCSI Target Devices - Quorum
Storage Location: Volume F:
Size: 1 GB
New iSCSI Target – keep this selected and click Next. Name: ClusterStorage Add Initiator ID by IP Address Type: 192.168.1.12 and 192.168.1.13, then click Next. Click Next. Click Create.
Creating the iSCSI Target Devices - FileStorage
Storage Location: Volume F: Name: “FileStorage” Size: 50 GB Keep Existing iSCSI Target select: ClusterStorage, and click Next, click Create
Create a 2-node Failover Cluster
Cluster1 – Set the Ethernet#2 adapter IP Address
IP Address: 192.168.11.21 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 DNS: 192.168.11.10
Connecting Cluster1 to the iSCSI Targets
Cluster2 – Set the Ethernet#2 adapter IP Address
IP Address: 192.168.11.22 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 DNS: 192.168.11.10
Connecting Cluster2 to the iSCSI Targets
Configuring the Cluster
Cluster name: MainCluster IP Address: 192.168.1.14
Uncheck the 192.168.11.0/24 network Check Add all available storage to the cluster.
Create Highly Available File Shares
Server Role: File Server File Server Type: Scale-Out File Server for application data Name: HAFileServer
Configure the File Shares
Profile: SMB Share – Applications Share Location: C:\ClusterStorage\Volume1 (which is the default) Share Name: VMStore Other Settings: Accept Defaults
Transfer file server traffic to a different cluster node, without interruption of network services.
You have complete Lab Guide Part 3!
Follow Up Guides: coming soon:
Lab Guide 4 – Windows 2012 R2 – Hyper-V Over SMB
Lab Guide 5 – Windows 2012 R2 – Enabling Hyper-V Replica
Lab Guide 6 – Windows 2012 R2 – Shared Nothing Live Migration
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