Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster Design

To achieve a Windows Server system that virtually takes care of itself, you need to master Hyper-V cluster design. This book is the perfect tutorial on the subject, providing clear instruction on expanding into the virtualized environment.

Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster Design

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Eric Siron

To achieve a Windows Server system that virtually takes care of itself, you need to master Hyper-V cluster design. This book is the perfect tutorial on the subject, providing clear instruction on expanding into the virtualized environment.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782177685
Paperback462 pages

About This Book

Successfully deploy a Microsoft Hyper-V Server clusteruse the right tools for building and maintaining a Hyper-V clusterMaster the intricacies of Hyper-V Server in a clustered environment.

Who This Book Is For

Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster Design is perfect for the systems administrator who has a good understanding of Windows Server in an Active Directory domain and is ready to expand into a highly available virtualized environment. It only expects that you will be familiar with basic hypervisor terminology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Hyper-V Cluster Orientation
Terminology
Clustering in a Microsoft environment
Create a project document
Purposes for a Hyper-V Server cluster
Goals for a Hyper-V Server cluster
Looking forward to the Design phase
A sample Hyper-V Cluster planning document
Review the sample project
Summary
Chapter 2: Cluster Design and Planning
Starting the design phase
Planning for existing systems
Host computer components
Networking
Shared storage
Software licensing
Hyper-V and cluster-related software planning
Blade hardware
Physical placement
Security
Complete the planning phase
Summary
Chapter 3: Constructing a Hyper-V Server Cluster
Documenting the initial setup phase
Build steps not covered in this book
Auxiliary built-in tools
Acquiring and enabling the GUI tools
Configuring nodes
Prepare other nodes
Building the cluster
Cluster post-creation steps
Summary
Chapter 4: Storage Design
Early storage planning
Hyper-V Server storage space utilization
Hyper-V Server storage performance
Working with storage
Placing virtual machines on storage
Storage QoS (2012 R2 Only)
Enhanced features
Summary
Chapter 5: Network Design
The Hyper-V virtual switch
Hyper-V Server networking in a cluster
Storage connectivity
The virtual switch in a cluster
Adapter teaming
Converged fabric
Planning the physical layout
Firewall settings
Chapter 6: Network Traffic Shaping and Performance Enhancements
Windows Server Quality of Service
Changing advanced settings on network adapters
VMQ
RSS
RDMA
SR-IOV
Other hardware-assisted offloading technologies
Virtual adapter networking control
Practical advice for network performance design
Further possibilities
Summary
Chapter 7: Memory Planning and Management
Understanding physical memory characteristics
Physical memory installation
How Hyper-V Server uses memory
Hyper-V Server and NUMA
Virtual machine memory
Practical virtual machine memory implementation
Cluster memory shortages
Summary
Chapter 8: Performance Testing and Load Balancing
Initial and on-going performance measurement
General performance measurement
Subsystem testing
Baseline and comparative performance measures
Cluster load balancing
Summary
Chapter 9: Special Cases
Non-highly-available virtual machines in a cluster
A cluster with only one virtual machine
A cluster with a single host
Virtualized domain controllers in a Hyper-V Cluster
Storing a single virtual machine's files in different locations
Geographically distributed clusters
Using non-virtualized hardware in a cluster
Pass-through disks in a cluster
Summary
Chapter 10: Maintaining and Monitoring a Hyper-V Server Cluster
Cluster validation
Best Practices Analyzer for Hyper-V
Updating Hyper-V Server hosts
Monitoring Hyper-V Server
Summary
Chapter 11: High Availability
What does high availability mean?
Creating a highly available virtual machine
High availability beyond Hyper-V
Migrations
Cluster responses to failures
Quorum
Practical quorum guidance
Snapshots or checkpoints
Summary
Chapter 12: Backup and Disaster Recovery
Knowing your risks
Planning for disaster recovery
Backup
Hyper-V Replica
Verifying your disaster recovery plan
Summary

What You Will Learn

Practical and efficient Hyper-V Server clustering planning and designDeployment and maintenance with PowerShell and graphical toolsProper selection of shared storage systemsProper design and configuration of networking for Hyper-V clustersAutomate maintenance strategies without service interruptionsAdvanced network design for clustered virtual environmentsBalance and measure our cluster’s performanceCorrect disaster planning and recoveryUnderstanding the new Hyper-V and cluster features in 2012 R2

In Detail

Hyper-V Server offers an inexpensive and simple way to consolidate your existing server applications. Failover Clustering adds convenience and protections to keep those systems running. A well-designed cluster requires understanding many topics, but the time invested in learning pays off with a system that all but takes care of itself.Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster Design is a comprehensive look at the technologies that comprise a cluster of Microsoft Hyper-V Servers. This book will take you through planning your deployment, selecting the appropriate components, building and testing your cluster, and maintaining it for optimal performance.If you want to Master Hyper-V cluster design and create scalable, fault-tolerant Hyper-V Servers, then this book is for you!Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster Design tackles the common stumbling blocks in cluster design and deployment. You’ll learn the intricacies of shared storage design as well as how to exploit networking hardware for optimal Hyper-V cluster performance. You’ll learn how to design systems that match your actual workload instead of the theoretical environment of a test lab. By the end of this book you will know how to plan, deploy and maintain a high available, high performance Hyper-V cluster.  

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Hyper-V Cluster Orientation
Terminology
Clustering in a Microsoft environment
Create a project document
Purposes for a Hyper-V Server cluster
Goals for a Hyper-V Server cluster
Looking forward to the Design phase
A sample Hyper-V Cluster planning document
Review the sample project
Summary
Chapter 2: Cluster Design and Planning
Starting the design phase
Planning for existing systems
Host computer components
Networking
Shared storage
Software licensing
Hyper-V and cluster-related software planning
Blade hardware
Physical placement
Security
Complete the planning phase
Summary
Chapter 3: Constructing a Hyper-V Server Cluster
Documenting the initial setup phase
Build steps not covered in this book
Auxiliary built-in tools
Acquiring and enabling the GUI tools
Configuring nodes
Prepare other nodes
Building the cluster
Cluster post-creation steps
Summary
Chapter 4: Storage Design
Early storage planning
Hyper-V Server storage space utilization
Hyper-V Server storage performance
Working with storage
Placing virtual machines on storage
Storage QoS (2012 R2 Only)
Enhanced features
Summary
Chapter 5: Network Design
The Hyper-V virtual switch
Hyper-V Server networking in a cluster
Storage connectivity
The virtual switch in a cluster
Adapter teaming
Converged fabric
Planning the physical layout
Firewall settings
Chapter 6: Network Traffic Shaping and Performance Enhancements
Windows Server Quality of Service
Changing advanced settings on network adapters
VMQ
RSS
RDMA
SR-IOV
Other hardware-assisted offloading technologies
Virtual adapter networking control
Practical advice for network performance design
Further possibilities
Summary
Chapter 7: Memory Planning and Management
Understanding physical memory characteristics
Physical memory installation
How Hyper-V Server uses memory
Hyper-V Server and NUMA
Virtual machine memory
Practical virtual machine memory implementation
Cluster memory shortages
Summary
Chapter 8: Performance Testing and Load Balancing
Initial and on-going performance measurement
General performance measurement
Subsystem testing
Baseline and comparative performance measures
Cluster load balancing
Summary
Chapter 9: Special Cases
Non-highly-available virtual machines in a cluster
A cluster with only one virtual machine
A cluster with a single host
Virtualized domain controllers in a Hyper-V Cluster
Storing a single virtual machine's files in different locations
Geographically distributed clusters
Using non-virtualized hardware in a cluster
Pass-through disks in a cluster
Summary
Chapter 10: Maintaining and Monitoring a Hyper-V Server Cluster
Cluster validation
Best Practices Analyzer for Hyper-V
Updating Hyper-V Server hosts
Monitoring Hyper-V Server
Summary
Chapter 11: High Availability
What does high availability mean?
Creating a highly available virtual machine
High availability beyond Hyper-V
Migrations
Cluster responses to failures
Quorum
Practical quorum guidance
Snapshots or checkpoints
Summary
Chapter 12: Backup and Disaster Recovery
Knowing your risks
Planning for disaster recovery
Backup
Hyper-V Replica
Verifying your disaster recovery plan
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781782177685
Paperback462 pages
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