Watch webinar online: Building a highly available Hyper-V cluster using free Microsoft Hyper-V Server

Watch this video and discover how to build and manage a cost effective and highly available failover cluster!

The video from our free webinar with virtualization experts Alex Karavanov (Virtualization Security Engineer, 5nine Software) and Max Kolomeytsev (Product Manager, Starwind Software) is now available.

This webinar describes how to create a cost effective and highly available failover cluster with 5nine and Starwind solutions.

Let`s have a short review of what had been discussed during the webinar.

Clustering evolution

To get a HA application in old days was a nightmare. You had all different servers doing clustering for all different applications. Each of that server required a shared storage and there was a complex management of storage ecosystem. Moreover some applications just wouldn`t cluster – there were not yet to be cluster-aware and storage-aware.

With virtualized architecture, we see great improvements. Now we use much less servers and much less power and the storage ecosystem is also simplified. Moreover, some hypervisors even come for free now.

What does free Hyper-V offer out of the box?

Free Hyper-V is powerful providing you with scalability and advanced features. You can install the failover clustering feature on it and cluster multiple boxes to provide redundancy. The possible downside is that it still requires a shared storage of some sort. Therefore, you need to maintain 2 additional servers to provide high availability. In addition, one more thing is that it lacks GUI. Therefore, there is no way to manage it efficiently or configure it quickly.

5nine products make Hyper-V management much more efficient. Storage can be also done in a much more efficient way with Starwind solutions. Let`s find out about it a bit later.

First let`s have a brief overview of what you need to do to create a HA Hyper-V cluster.

Hyper-V cluster setup

  1. Configure and provision shared storage
  2. Install the Failover Clustering feature on each Hyper-V host
  3. Install the MPIO feature on each Hyper-V host
  4. Configure an external virtual network switch on each Hyper-V host
  5. Validate the configuration of Hyper-V hosts
  6. Create the actual cluster

Storage component in more details

Starwind makes it possible to use just 2 servers to build a highly available cluster. Just use the local storage of the servers, mirror it and then present it back to the system.

Starwind Virtual SAN benefits:

  • Zero hardware footprint
  • Dramatically reduced CapEx and OpEx
  • Complete fault tolerance with just 2 servers
  • No specialized staff required for management
  • Can run on Free & Core MS OS versions
  • Intuitive GUI

Management component

From the part of management, 5nine offers its 5nine Manager that makes Hyper-V management much more efficient.

With 5nine Manager you can:

  • Dramatically simplify and save money on Hyper-V management
  • Manage your Hyper-V clusters
  • Get a user-friendly management GUI for Windows Server Core and MS Hyper-V Server
  • Manage different Hyper-V versions (2012 R2/2012/2008 R2 SP1) from a single console
  • Use any client 64-bit system starting from Windows 7 to access and manage your Hyper-V hosts remotely

Moreover, 5nine Manager`s new features allow you to:

  • Easily create VMs out of templates
  • Send all the tasks to the background: keep working on your management operations while tasks are being performed in the background
  • Get notified of what is happening with your VMs

During the webinar, our speakers also held demos of the products. Please watch the video to get more details!

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