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Creating a Hyper-V Host Cluster in VMM Overview

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager

The procedure in this section describes how to create a Hyper-V host cluster in the VMM console by using the Create Cluster Wizard. Through the wizard, you can select which Hyper-V hosts to cluster, and configure the networking and storage resources that are used during cluster creation.

During the cluster creation process, System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) does the following:

  • Validates that all hosts meet the prerequisites, such as required operating system and domain membership

  • Enables the Failover Clustering feature on each host

  • Unmasks the selected storage logical units to each host

  • Creates the configured external virtual networks

  • Runs the cluster validation process

  • Creates the cluster with quorum and enables Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)

  • For each logical unit that is designated as a CSV, assigns the logical unit as a CSV on the cluster

Example Scenario Overview

The example scenario that is used in this section assumes that you have completed the procedures in the Preparing the Fabric in VMM section to configure fabric resources such as host groups, storage, and networking resources. Additionally, you must have completed the procedures in the Adding Hyper-V Hosts and Host Clusters, and Scale-Out File Servers to VMM section to add stand-alone Hyper-V hosts that you want to cluster to VMM management.

The example scenario uses the example resources that are used in the Preparing the Fabric in VMM section, such as the fictitious domain name contoso.com, the same example host group structure, and the BACKEND logical network.

noteNote
The example resource names and configuration are used to help demonstrate the concepts. You can adapt them to your test environment.

The example scenario walks you through how to create a two-node Hyper-V host cluster from two stand-alone Hyper-V hosts. The following table summarizes the examples that are used in this example scenario.

 

Resource Resource Name

Stand-alone Hyper-V hosts

HyperVHost05 and HyperVHost06

Domain

contoso.com

Cluster name

HyperVClus01.contoso.com

Host group where added

New York\Tier0_NY

Logical network

BACKEND

In This Section

The topics in this section describe the prerequisites and the procedure to create a Hyper-V host cluster through VMM.

 

Topic Description

Creating a Hyper-V Host Cluster in VMM Prerequisites

Describes the host and fabric prerequisites that are required to complete the procedure.

How to Create a Hyper-V Host Cluster in VMM

Describes how to create a Hyper-V host cluster by using the Create Cluster Wizard.

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