Clustered Servers / HyperV Clustering

Peter Newman 66 Reputation points
2022-09-23T08:03:18.587+00:00

I'm looking for best advice. Windows 2022 on premises
I have read numerous posts and seen various videos on how to set up Server & hyper V clustering, but am unclear on;

I will be running VM which need high availability

  1. Can you have server clustering and Hyper V clustering .. what is best practice
  2. The information all points to a shared volume, with a witness, but doesn't it make the shared volume the weak part of the system. Can you cluster the volume / replicate it .. again best practice

there would be 4 VM's, running SQL server , Web server, CRM server and Domain controller

Windows Server Clustering
Windows Server Clustering
Windows Server: A family of Microsoft server operating systems that support enterprise-level management, data storage, applications, and communications.Clustering: The grouping of multiple servers in a way that allows them to appear to be a single unit to client computers on a network. Clustering is a means of increasing network capacity, providing live backup in case one of the servers fails, and improving data security.
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  1. Alex Bykovskyi 1,821 Reputation points
    2022-09-24T19:21:11.1+00:00

    Hey,

    It is recommended to have only Hyper-V role running on the server.
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/biztalk/technical-guides/checklist-best-practices-to-install-and-configure-biztalk-server-on-hyper-v

    In case of Hyper-V Failover Cluster, you can virtualize your services (e.g. SQL Server, Web Server) and run than on top of shared storage. Domain controller can run on top of the VM, however, I would recommend you to run it outside of the cluster. You can deploy a DC VM on each node on local storage.
    As for shared storage, there are technologies like S2D or Starwinds VSAN, which make shared storage redundant and able to tolerate failures.
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure-stack/hci/concepts/storage-spaces-direct-overview
    https://www.starwindsoftware.com/starwind-virtual-san

    Cheers,

    Alex Bykovskyi

    StarWind Software

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