Creating and Modifying Hyper-V Host Clusters in VMM
Updated: December 4, 2013
Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager
This section explains how to create, add or remove nodes, and uncluster Hyper-V host clusters in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Managing clustered Hyper-V hosts through VMM enables you to support highly available virtual machines, and features such as Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization.
As of System Center 2012, VMM provides several new improvements that simplify the creation and management of Hyper-V host clusters. These improvements include the following:
A new Create Cluster Wizard that enables you to cluster managed Hyper-V hosts that are in a trusted domain by using the VMM console.
Note In VMM 2008 R2, you had to create the cluster outside of VMM, and then bring it under VMM management. Be aware that this is still supported. For more information, see the topics How to Add Trusted Hyper-V Hosts and Host Clusters in VMM and How to Add Untrusted Hyper-V Hosts and Host Clusters in VMM.
The ability to add nodes to or remove nodes from a Hyper-V host cluster through the VMM console.
The ability to uncluster a Hyper-V host cluster into stand-alone hosts from the VMM console.
|You cannot create a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V cluster using System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager when VMM is installed on Windows Server 2012. In this environment, you must first create the Hyper-V cluster using the Failover Cluster Manager. Once created, you can then manage the cluster with VMM.|
In This Section
Use the information in the following topics to create or modify a Hyper-V host cluster through VMM.
Provides an overview of the cluster creation process in VMM. Links to prerequisites and a procedure that shows how to create a Hyper-V host cluster.
Links to procedures that show how to add a node to a Hyper-V host cluster, how to remove a node, and how to uncluster a Hyper-V host cluster.
Describes Hyper-V host cluster properties and links to more detailed information about how to configure storage for a Hyper-V host cluster.
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