Looking for advice for HyperV Cluster and SCVMM - New PS6100

Posted on 2013-01-29
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
I am looking for some advice in setting up my first HyperV Cluster. I have a brand new Dell PS6100 iSCSI array and will be retiring an old Fiber Channel CX3-20 and looking to start virtualizing my environment. I was planning on going with Server 2008r2 for the 3 physical hosts and using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 but since I am just starting this project should I make the jump to Server 2012 and SCVMM 2012 also? What do you guys think?

Also, after doing some research should I basically setup 1 big volume to dump my VMs onto using cluster shared volumes and one volume for the Quorum. If so what ratio do you use for a Quorum space? If I create a 5TB drive for the VMs how big should the Quorum space be?

If you have any other thoughts please share them. This is new to me and actually looking forward to learning about this.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Just create a small Quorum LUN, approx 1GB. It's just used for node communication.

Failover Clustering and Clustered Shared Volume to support Live Migrations.

Windows 2012 and  SCVMM 2012 SP1 is a good start.

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In order to use 2012 in this kind of setup you should use the datacenter version correct? if so I may be stuck with server 2008r2 enterprise. I I am stuck with 2008r2 can I load SCVMM 2012 on a 2008r2 box?
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2012 Datacenter versions licenses entitles you to unlimited VMs per Server, per processor.

So it can work out cheaper than a Standard license.
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Thanks for your input hanccocka.
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and make sure you grab the Dell HiT 4.5 Kit from Dell Equallogic Web Site.

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Thanks, already downloaded it the other day.

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