Solved

Setting up a microsoft cluster 2008 and identifying requirements in terms of datastores.

Posted on 2013-06-20
6
266 Views
Last Modified: 2013-08-05
Hi guys, I hope you are all well and can assist.

Guys I want to set up a 2008 microsoft cluster, and at the first steps.

Im trying to understand what I need to do in terms of shared disk storage and what I can and cannot do.

If I have a datastore that is being used by lots of virtual machines to store their disk files, can I use this SAME datastore as a shared disk for a cluster?

Or

Do I need to create a new datastore that is to be exclusively used by a cluster?

Any help on this greatly appreciated.
0
Comment
Question by:Simon336697
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 9

Accepted Solution

by:
djsharma earned 167 total points
ID: 39264884
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Simon336697
ID: 39264895
Hi djsharma,

Thanks for the links.

I will look through this information, but I need a rather quick answer for testing purposes.

The crux of what i am trying to find out is below...

Scenario:

Let's say there are 5 vms all using DATASTORE 1.
Now, I create another 2 vms that I wish to cluster.
For these 2 vms, I want to know if I can use DATASTORE 1 as a shared disk for clustering WITHOUT impacting the other vms on this datastore, or whether I have to create a new datastore and just have the 2 clustered vms access it without any other vms?

I just dont want to destroy any other vms by pointing the 2 new clustered vms to a datastore that is already being used by other existing vms.

I hope this makes sense.
0
 
LVL 118

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 333 total points
ID: 39265117
Create a new datastore for Cluster use with Microsoft Failover Clustering.

The other datastore with VMs stored on it, how are these accessed by VMware Hosts or Microsoft Hosts?
0
Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Simon336697
ID: 39270098
Hi hanccocka,
Theybare accessed by VMware hosts and vms.
0
 
LVL 118

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 333 total points
ID: 39270484
In that case *DO NOT* under any circumstances add them to a Windows Server.

Windows and ESX hosts access the same datastore is a disaster, and will cause corruption, you will need to create new LUNs on the SAN.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:Simon336697
ID: 39384799
Thanks everyone.
0

Featured Post

Is Your AD Toolbox Looking More Like a Toybox?

Managing Active Directory can get complicated.  Often, the native tools for managing AD are just not up to the task.  The largest Active Directory installations in the world have relied on one tool to manage their day-to-day administration tasks: Hyena. Start your trial today.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) using the vSphere (HTML5 Web) Host Client 6.5, and perform a simple configuration task of adding a new VMFS 6 datastore.
This article will show you how to create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5). It's a good idea to compare checksums, because many installations fail because of a corr…
This tutorial will walk an individual through configuring a drive on a Windows Server 2008 to perform shadow copies in order to quickly recover deleted files and folders. Click on Start and then select Computer to view the available drives on the se…
This video shows you how to use a vSphere client to connect to your ESX host as the root user. Demonstrates the basic connection of bypassing certification set up. Demonstrates how to access the traditional view to begin managing your virtual mac…

932 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

10 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now