SNW Demo: Windows Server 2008 Core, Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

I will be working at the Microsoft booth in the Storage Networking World next week in Orlando, Florida. I will deliver one of the demos there and my demo includes the following technologies:

  • Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 iSCSI Software Target
  • Windows Server 2008 Core Install
  • Windows Server 2008 iSCSI Initiator
  • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering

We'll have two servers running Windows Server 2008 Core, both with the Hyper-V role installed and connected to an iSCSI Software Target, running WUDSS 2003. These two Windows Server 2008 Core servers will be configured as a Failover Cluster using the iSCSI SAN as shared storage. We'll use a third Windows Server 2008 with a Full install to remotely manage the Failover Cluster and Hyper-V. Here's a little diagram of what it looks like:

The demo steps will include:

  • Check Initial State
    • WUDSS configuration
    • Node 1 configuration via command line
    • Node 1 configuration via remote MMC
    • Hyper-V configuration
    • Cluster configuration
  • Configure Node1
    • Create new Virtual Machine
    • Make Virtual Machine Highly Available
    • Start HA Virtual Machine
  • Configure Node 2
    • Add Node 2 to Cluster
    • Move HA Virtual Machine to Node 2 

Please note that the configuration above is not fully fault tolerant. For instance, we'll have only one Ethernet switch. It is a demo, you know :-) . If you want to see more examples of configurations, including some that are fully fault tolerant, check my other post at:

Also note that is only one of the many ways to expose storage to a Hyper-V server and its child partitions. To see additional options, check my other two posts at and

If you're attending SNW Spring 2008, be sure to come by the booth, check the demos and ask some questions. For details about the event, check