Windows Server 8 Beta Failover Clustering Part 2

There were so many images that I decided to split this up over several posts. In Part 1, I got the Failover Cluster feature installed on my first server, and now I’m going to work through the Failover Cluster Management tool.

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So, the interface doesn’t look any different. I was hoping for something that was part of the Dashboard.

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So here is the wizard, it’s really almost identical to Windows 2008 R2, but what the heck.

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I’ve selected both servers to be nodes in my new cluster.

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Oh wait! I forgot to install the Failover Cluster feature on win8-hv2!

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No worries, I got it covered, I can add that feature remotely from the dashboard. That option has to be one of the coolest one’s I’ve seen.

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Needless to say the feature installed successfully and I’m able to proceed now.

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None of the hardware I’m using is technically support by Microsoft but it’s Beta software so who cares right? Let’s see what the report says though.

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Welcome to the Wizards, is it just me or are there more of them?

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Lets run everything, I know it will have issues, as both machines are different and don’t have the same sets of software available.

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Here we go…

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That looks good!

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OUCH! Well, win8-hv2 doesn’t actually have Hyper-V installed and since that was in the test, that’s where it failed.

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The report confirms this. But again, thanks to being able to remotely install Roles and Features, I installed Hyper-V on the other server and re-ran the tests.

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Much happier! For the record, there are several warnings.

  • Hyper-V : The processors are different between the two machines.
  • Network : I don’t have redundant network cards
  • Storage : I don’t have any storage available suitable for some types of clustering, which could be an issue for Hyper-V (Clustered Shared Volumes)
  • System Configuration : To be honest, I didn’t actually look at this, I was aware of the others so I assume there is something minor missing or different between the two nodes.

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Here we go, this is good enough to move on to create the end-point for the cluster. This is one of the ways you’ll be able to manage it.

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Here it is saying it’s going to steal some IP’s from my range

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My cluster is forming!

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I was successful! But there were warnings, basically it’s telling me I don’t have any sort of network storage to use for this cluster, of which we were already aware.

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Huzzah! The one warning was from the cluster I built earlier with just the one node. Perhaps should have nuked the cluster log, oh well.

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