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Edge Show 62 - Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster Deployment Using Free Tools

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At [06:25] Symon Perriman and Rick Claus talk through an end-to-end deploy of a Hyper-V cluster using entirely free tools (without any evaluation bits—you get to keep everything!). First Symon introduces the free tools, which include Hyper-V Server 2012 (http://microsoft.com/hvs), Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 (http://aka.ms/iSCSITarget), Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan: http://aka.ms/RDCman), and Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT: http://aka.ms/RSAT).

Next, at [11:55] the team walks through an installation of Hyper-V Server 2012 using Windows 8 Client Hyper-V, taking advantage of the lightweight installation package and small storage footprint. Symon then uses RDCMan to manage a new Hyper-V Server 2012 host and discusses some password management features. Then, Rick talks about the GUIless configuration options used to join the Hyper-V Server to the domain, and also discusses different GUI-based remote management options.

Symon then [16:20] installs the iSCSI Software Target, creates an iSCSI target and virtual disks, and connects both hosts to the target through their iSCSI initiators. Next, the team uses PowerShell to initialize and format the newly created iSCSI disks. The team then [28:25] switches to using RSAT for remote server management of the Hyper-V hosts from a Windows 8 laptop. After connecting to the hosts, they install the Failover Clustering feature and being to build the cluster. After validating the Hyper-V hosts and iSCSI storage, the team ends the demo by creating a Failover Clustering.

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