What is the requirement of a cluster? Shared storage. What’s supported in WS2012/R2?
- SAS SAN
- iSCSI SAN
- Fiber Channel SAN
- PCI RAID (like Dell VRTX)
- Storage Spaces
What’s the difference between a cluster and a Hyper-V cluster? You’ve enabled Hyper-V on the nodes. Here are 2 nodes, each connected to a JBOD. Storage Spaces is configured on the JBOD to create cluster shared volumes. All that remains now is to enable Hyper-V on node 1 and node 2, and now you have a valid Hyper-V cluster that stores VMs on the CSVs
Stupid questions that you should not ask:
- What file shares do I use to store my VMs on? Where do you see “file shares” in the above text? You store the VMs directly on the CSVs like in a Hyper-V cluster with a SAN, instead of storing file shares on the CSVs like in a SOFS cluster.
- Can I run other roles on the hosts? No. You never should do that … and I include Exchange Server and SQL Server for the 2 people that I now hope have resigned from working in IT who asked that recently.
- The required networks if you use 10 GbE are shown above. Go look at converged networks for all possible designs; it’s the same clustered 2012/R2 Hyper-V networking as always.