I’ve just uploaded a step-by-step guide on how to build a Hyper-V cluster for a small production or lab environment, using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target v3.3. This target is a free add-on for Windows Server 2008 R2 and is included with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2. it goes through all the steps:
- Installing and configuring the storage
- Building a standalone host to run System Center VMs
- Building a 2 node Hyper-V cluster
“The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target is a free iSCSI storage solution. It is included as a part of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, and it is a free download for Windows Server 2008 R2. This allows a Windows Server to become a shared storage solution for many computers. It also provides an economic way to provide an iSCSI “SAN” for a Failover Cluster, such as Hyper-V.
This document will detail how to build a 2 node Hyper-V cluster, using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target for shared storage, which is managed by System Center running on virtual machines, hosted on another Hyper-V server and stored on the same shared storage.”
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Hans Vredevoort contacted some of the storage folks in Microsoft to discuss the MPIO/cluster member initiators issue. It turns out that the Microsoft page in question was incorrect. It used to be true, but the v3.3 Software Target does support iSCSI initiators that are members of a cluster. The document has been updated with this note, but I have not added configuration steps for MPIO.