Part 5 – Creating a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Build the Windows Failover Cluster

In previous steps, we have completed the following:

-2 Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V servers (LAB-HVCORE-01 and LAB-HVCORE-02)
-Attached to a couple of 300GB iSCSI LUNs hosted on EMC Storage.
-Created the initial External virtual network on each Hyper-V host using Hyper-V Manager.
-Run the cluster configuration validation wizard

Here are the links to the previous posts:

Part 1 – Creating a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Install Hyper-V and Failover Clustering
Part 2 – Creating a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Configuring iSCSI Connectivity
Part 3 – Creating a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Hyper-V Virtual Networking
Part 4 – Creating a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Cluster Validation Wizard

In this step, we will use the Failover Cluster Manager MMC to build our 2008 R2 Hyper-V failover cluster.

1. Launch the Failover Cluster Management console (again, from a machine with the RSAT tools or a 2008 R2 Server) and under Actions, click Create a Cluster.

2. Click Next on the Before you Begin screen.

3. On the Select Servers of a Cluster screen, at Enter Name, add each Hyper-V server and click Add. Click Next to continue.

4. On the Access Point for Administering the Cluster screen, enter the Cluster Name, the IP Address, and click Next.

5. On the Confirmation screen, click Next.

6. Click Finish on the Summary screen.

7. The cluster and its nodes are shown in the Failover Cluster Management MMC as shown below:

8. Within Failover Cluster Manager, rename the Networks to more descriptive names. On the properties on the iSCSI Network, select Do not allow cluster network communication on this network.

That’s more or less it for creating the cluster, for Part 6, we’ll configure the File Share Witness.

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