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How to Perform Maintenace on Microsfot Cluster Nodes

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Currently we have 3 nodes in our cluster and a group of virtual servers using Hyper-V.  We are using a shared store from a SAN and we have created 3 volumes (Cluster Disk 1, Cluster Disk 2, and Cluster Disk 3) At the beginning we migrated the VM’s to Cluster Disk 2   and setup VM's for high availability. However, after the migration we noticed that under Failover Cluster Manager only show the name of the first machine and the rest are nested or child object. Then we enabled Cluster Share Volumes and assigned Cluster Disk 3 to it and we created new VM's using the failover Cluster Manager and place them on node3.  Our challenge is how we can perform automatically maintenance on the nodes and when the servers reboot all VM’s dot not go to a single node (e.g. Node1), we need keep those VM’s on different nodes for to avoid overload on a single server.
Thanks you in advance for your help
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I'm not sure I completely understand the issue, but from what I do, it sounds like you're looking to set a failover pattern on your VMs (so that they fail from A -> B -> C -> A), as well as setting a host preference (VMs 1 and 2 prefer node A, 3 and 4 prefer node B, and 5, 6, and 7 prefer C, for example). Though I've never set this up, it looks like it's pretty common - here are a few articles that talk about it:

Preferred owners on a cluster:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clustering/archive/2008/10/14/9000092.aspx

Hyper-V Clustering: Virtual Machine Failover Behavior:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mattmcspirit/archive/2009/02/03/hyper-v-clustering-virtual-machine-failover-behaviour.aspx

You should be able to set up your VMs to prefer nodes so that they're evenly split across your cluster, as well as node failover patters so that they move to different nodes evenly in case there's a node failure.
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