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Hi experts,
I have pretty small virtualization plan:
Two Hyper-V  (hyper-v server 2008 R2) hosts connected to one SAN storage (iSCSI) where all VMs are stored.

Is there way, without system center, to do something like quick migration?

If both Hyper-V hosts "see" the same volume in SAN, there is no need to copy VHD files. I need only to switch off the VM on host A and move the machine to host B without moving the VHD file - because the VHD is in the same location from each host viewpoint.

Can I do it some way or it is completely crap?
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You can do this, but you will need to install Failover Clustering, so that both Hosts can work with the Clustered Storage Volume, you create for the SAN storage (iSCSI), this will allow both hosts to "see" the iSCSI volume at the same time.

Native iSCSI volumes do NOT support multiple connections from both hosts.

Then using Hyper-V Manager, you can move the VM from one host to another, (making sure the same Admin Credentials have access to both hosts).

You will need to power down.
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Hanccocka, thank you for putting light on that, I do little research based on your comment and I found this article:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732181(v=ws.10).aspx

in software requirements - I need Enterprise or Datacenter edition - so I cannot use the Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (the free one) for failover clustering?

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/b47d4550-7dc5-4908-91fd-6b76c88542b2/
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so you have Hyper-V server? (no Server 2008!)
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Its Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 - freely distributed OS without GUI - its only core of 2008 R2 sever with Hyper-V role installed.
There is some option regarding failover clustering, but I dont have any sandbox to play with that.
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it's based on R2 Enterprise, so you have Failover Clustering roles.

if you look at the table/chart in your link, you will see it's included!

you will need to use Power Shell, and Remote Admin Tools to Add and Manage.
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