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hyper-v muti site cluster

we rae crteating a multi-site hyperv cluster
7 nodes on the main site 4 nodes on the dr site
fiber between the 2 locations (same city)
we would like to create a manual faiolover and not automaticwe have software to replicate the san,s
i can seem to find any info on how to create a manual faiolover, all documentation seems to be gueered  towrds automatic failover

is forced quorum the only way to set this up, and what happens when the primary site comes back online ig the clusteed is in a forced mode

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dano992
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nmacfallCommented:
Hard to say Dano...what are you doing with the cluster?
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dano992Author Commented:
whats hard to say?
the question is how does one setup the cluster for manual failover to rhe second site  us upposed to automatic failover
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nmacfallCommented:
Well, automation is generally speaking, usually optimal as a way of reducing long term support costs, and other such budget crunching items.  My question, "What are you doing with the cluster?" , may actually help to understand why manual fail-over is a requirement, and then shed some light on the aspects of the automation process that do not work for your scenario.  When I am able to understand your need, I'm better able to understand where to start looking for the solution!

For example, if I needed to do a manual fail over from one of my laptops to another, I would need to have constant backups of my primary to move when necessary to my secondary.  so, in that case, I buy an external hard drive, and use Windows to make a backup of my drive (or third party software like ghost, if I needed the imaging done on a different manufacture of hardware).  OR, if I wanted to, I could purchase software to keep both primary hard disc on both machines mirrored automatically, so that I didn't have to constantly ensure the backup was current, and consistent with the data entries of my "customers" -- Or other network users.

Symantec Backup Exec can be used to make backups, or moving up the ladder (opinion) you have EMC that has an ultra high compression backup system that is actually quite fast, it could be setup in such a way as to give you the ability to do manual fail-overs.

This is what I'm seeing, 7 big hdd's one one side of town 4 big hdd's on the other, all of which you're calling a giant cluster (resource pool) -- I'm not sure if these are the Hyper-V hosts, or if they are SANS, I don't really understand the infrastructure.  If I did, I could, and others as well, give some details as to what might be the next phase of the overall project...And then, you'd be able to secure the final results.
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dano992Author Commented:
i think you missundestood my original post here
im creating a multi-site hyper-v cluster that will span 2 physical sites
one is my production site 2nd site is for disaster recovery.
all virtual machines will be stored on the production site nodes, unless there is a disaster at the production site in which case all the vms will be brought up on the second site.
im using datakeeper to replicate the sans between site one and site 2

my questions is that i dont want automatic failover from site one to site 2
i want to failover manually if there is a disater on site one
one multi site cluster with 7 nodes 4 at production site 3 at DR site

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nmacfallCommented:
There are plenty of things to do manually during a fail-over rather than worrying about whether or not your replicated SANS will bring your virtual servers back up.  Suppose for example the routing configuration requires that you bring up a brand new switch at location B, because current switch, and lack of funding prevent you from buying a redundant router similar to the one at site A....In this case, the configuration alone will be manual enough...High Availability simply means the pointers from Live environment to backup environment are switched automatically....they'll be ready as soon as the new router comes online, and the configuration is correct.  Manually, you'll have to change the IP's to each of the devices, etc...etc...etc....Why would you want to do a manual failover when you've put so many resources into having the capability of failing over automatically???

Are these the only two sites for the organization, or do you have other facilities that are not necessarily meshed into the mix?  VPN config's can keep remote offices up during an automatic fail-over, if they are in place prior to the "disaster' or switch over...

Explain why it's necessary to do manual fail-over...This is rather critical to the procedure for doing one!
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dano992Author Commented:
you are completely missing the boat here.
my question has nothing to do with routing configuarations and  or switches.
its striclly about configuraing a hyper-v muti site cluster to failover from one site to another manual as opposed to automatic
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nmacfallCommented:
Sorry Dano, I'll stop following your question!
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dano992Author Commented:
please close question as it was not answered
Thank YOU
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