SMB 3.0 File Server for Hyper-V Failover Clusters

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I have in my brand new lab (all 2012 R2)...

* 1 Server with 16 SATA hard drives that I am designating as my SMB 3.0 "SAN"   (SERVER1)
* 3 Hyper-V Hosts (soon to be in a failover cluster)  (SERVER2, SERVER3, SERVER4)

My questions:

1. Do I need to load the Hyper-V Role on SERVER1 along with the File and Storage Services Role.
2. Can I load the Hyper-V Role on SERVER1 just to have another host (and if so should it be part of the failover cluster I will create for SERVER2, SERVER3SERVER4?)

Thank you!
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1. No - File services in their core have nothing to do with HyperV and vice versa
2. Yes - you can put HyperV along side file services on the same server, but you have to think about it this way, you are using this File server for all other servers to connect to and from this point of view you wouldn't want any additional / unnecessary tasks (if you have the hardware, which I guess you do) to slow down file operations; so I would not put HyperV on this server.
Rob LeaverSr. Network & Server Engineer

No you don't need to install Hyper-V on Server1 as your SAN is just your storage and your cluster can access your SAN. But you will need file and storage services role.

Yes, you can load the hyper V role on server1 if you want, if you want to utilize another vm. Doesn't have to be clustered, this will just sit outside your cluster.

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