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How to Configure a File Share Witness for a Hyper-V Cluster

Traditionally, the preferred choice for a cluster quorum witness has been some type of networked disk. Small SAN LUNs do the trick nicely. Things have changed a bit, increasing the viability of the file share witness. You can configure one easily in a few simple steps. Read the post here: How to Configure a File Share Witness for a Hyper-V Cluster … [Read more...]

Network Ports Related to Hyper-V

Succinctly lay out the TCP/IP network ports information for Hyper-V management and activities, allowing you to configure firewalls as necessary, and check some configuration dos and don'ts for proper network setups. Read the post here: Network Ports Related to Hyper-V … [Read more...]

19 Best Practices for a Hyper-V Cluster

It's not difficult to find all sorts of lists and discussions of best practices for Hyper-V, however best practices lists are a bit tougher to find for failover clustering. What I'm going to do in this article is focus in on the overlapping portion of the Hyper-V/Failover Cluster Venn diagram, resulting in my 19 best practices for a Hyper-V Cluster. Read the post here: 19 Best Practices for a … [Read more...]

Explored: Using Multiple Hyper-V Virtual Switches

In our article on common Hyper-V deployment mistakes, one item we discussed was the creation of too many Hyper-V virtual switches. This article will expand on that thought and cover various Hyper-V virtual switch deployment scenarios. One Switch will Usually […] Read the post here: Explored: Using Multiple Hyper-V Virtual Switches … [Read more...]

Storage and Hyper-V Part 7: Actual Performance

This series has meandered down a long and winding path from basic concepts to theory to practice. In this final installment, I’m going to show a lot of really boring graphs and charts to answer the big question: What about […] Read the post here: Storage and Hyper-V Part 7: Actual Performance … [Read more...]

Storage and Hyper-V Part 6: How To Connect Storage

This series has talked at very great length. Now it’s time to actually get something done. What I’m going to do in this piece is show you how to connect to storage. Part 1 – Hyper-V storage fundamentals Part 2 – Drive […] Read the post here: Storage and Hyper-V Part 6: How To Connect Storage … [Read more...]

Storage and Hyper-V Part 4: Formatting and File Systems

Very little is said about file systems and formatting for Hyper-V Server deployments, but there are often a number of questions. This offering in our storage series will examine the aspects of storage preparation in detail. Part 1 – Hyper-V storage […] Read the post here: Storage and Hyper-V Part 4: Formatting and File Systems … [Read more...]

Storage and Hyper-V Part 3: Connectivity

This entry in our series on storage for Hyper-V is devoted to the ways that a Hyper-V host can connect to storage. This will not be a how-to guide, but an inspection of the technologies. Part 1 – Hyper-V storage […] Read the post here: Storage and Hyper-V Part 3: Connectivity … [Read more...]

Teaming and MPIO for Storage in Hyper-V 2012

Teaming and MPIO for connecting to iSCSI storage has been a confusing issue for a very long time. With native operating system support for teaming and the introduction of SMB 3.0 shares in Windows/Hyper-V Server 2012, it all got murkier. […] Read the post here: Teaming and MPIO for Storage in Hyper-V 2012 … [Read more...]

Hyper-V Network Binding Order

Anyone who has read much of my work on Hyper-V knows that I’m of the opinion that networking is one of the most complicated aspects of setting up Hyper-V, especially in a clustered environment. Part of it is that a […] Read the post here: Hyper-V Network Binding Order … [Read more...]