Failover Cluster and RAID

Gloria Gu 3,811 Reputation points
2020-07-16T06:53:13.313+00:00

Hi,

Kind of strange question, but can't we configure Failover cluster with RAID configuration, so if a node is malfunctioning, the second node can run the workloads of VMs? The book / documentation I have are only using Storage Space Direct (S2D) for storage configuration. This is the reason for this question to popup...

The other scenario, Hyper-v replica, I can see it's a manual process, if primary VM is down, the replica didn't start automatically. This is why I may consider failover clustering instead of replication... or what should be best practice?

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  1. Xiaowei He 9,746 Reputation points
    2020-07-16T07:42:09.35+00:00

    Hi,

    1. You may follow the link below to deploy ISCSI storage for Cluster:

    Deploy a ISCSI target server and follow the steps to create ISCSI target and virtual disk.

    Make all cluster nodes connect to the ISCSI target.

    After connecting to the ISCSI target correctly, we may open Disk manager in the cluster node, and see the virtual disk in the disk manager. Format and online the disks on one of the cluster node.

    https://www.informaticar.net/how-to-setup-windows-server-2016-as-iscsi-target/

    1. You may follow the steps below to create failover cluster and add the shared storage:

    https://www.vembu.com/blog/installing-the-failover-cluster-feature-in-windows-server-2016/

    (Note, these are third-party articles, since it may change its content without notification, we do not guarantee its security.)

    Thanks for your time!

    Best Regards,

    Anne

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  1. Xiaowei He 9,746 Reputation points
    2020-07-16T07:49:07.587+00:00

    Hi,

    1. You may follow the link below to deploy ISCSI storage for Cluster:

    Deploy a ISCSI target server and follow the steps to create ISCSI target and virtual disk.

    Make all cluster nodes connect to the ISCSI target.

    After connecting to the ISCSI target correctly, we may open Disk manager in the cluster node, and see the virtual disk in the disk manager. Format and online the disks on one of the cluster node.

    https://www.informaticar.net/how-to-setup-windows-server-2016-as-iscsi-target/

    1. You may follow the steps below to create failover cluster and add the shared storage:

    https://www.vembu.com/blog/installing-the-failover-cluster-feature-in-windows-server-2016/

    (Note, these are third-party articles, since it may change its content without notification, we do not guarantee its security.)

    Thanks for your time!

    Best Regards,

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  2. Alex Bykovskyi 871 Reputation points
    2020-07-18T16:09:13.087+00:00

    Hey,

    You can use StarWind VSAN as a shared storage on top of underlying RAID array to build Failover Cluster. StarWind will create replicated shared storage pool and you will be able to bring it to cluster as CSV. The following guide will descrive you the configuration process: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/resource-library/starwind-virtual-san-for-hyper-v-2-node-hyperconverged-scenario-with-windows-server-2016/

    Cheers,

    Alex Bykvoskyi

    StarWind Software

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