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Hi All,

I have 2 hyper-v hosts, each with local storage. One host will contain a Vm which will act as a file and print server, serving file shares for documents etc.  I want make this VM as highly available as possible so that if it goes down, I can switch over to the second host.

From what I have read, most clustering scenarios in Windows server 2012 R2 require separate hardware for shared storage however I am hoping that there is a better solution out there that will allow me to utilize just the 2 hosts with local storage.

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There is software that can replicate data synchronously, but the cost/performance usually doesn't work out well since shared SAS is now relatively inexpensive. If you have some tolerance for a small amount of data loss in the event of an unplanned failover, hyper-V replica is an option and is what I'd usually recommend for a small shop where shared storage is too complex/expensive.
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You can do Hyper-V Replica between the two hosts that will allow for VM replication.

It's not a HA setup per se but works in a pinch.

Add a couple of SAS HBAs and a DNS-1640 JBOD and you have your shared storage for a very inexpensive price.

Flip your drives into the JBOD leaving two behind for the host OS, add a few more to complete the set, and away you go with an Asymmetric cluster. We deploy these to clients as small as 15 seats.
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Get yourself a used, low-cost external RAID subsystem that IS on the  HCL so you know it will work in a high-availability config.  Lots of them cheap on ebay.

Or, get a SAS JBOD enclosure.  In both cases you want to get LSI non-RAID HBAs, like anyting in the 3x00 familiy if you don't need a lot of disk I/O
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Sorry, should have added that there is no extra budget available for further purchases. We have to make do with what we have which is local storage on the hosts.
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I'd like to add that someone (elsewhere) suggested using a shared vhdx as the large file share and then configuring the guest VMs with the file server role, replicating them between 2 hosts and attaching that file share (shared vhdx) within them. I've been told that in the event of 1 file server going down, users can still access the fileshare through the other vm.

Has anyone done something similar?
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It doesn't work that way. A shared vhdx is intended for guest clusters, but the VJDX is still a singular entity, not replicated. So the single point of failure is still the local storage that holds the VHDX. Right now, with the "no budget" clause, I still believe hyper-V replica is your best bet as I previously mentioned. Anything else more robust will have a cost, and a not entirely insignificant one at that. Even virtual SAN software with synchronous writes/replication is a but spendy.
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Thanks for the verification. Will look into Hyper-v replica and post seperate questions!
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