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guest vs host clustering what why when

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Guest vs. Host Clustering:What? Why? When?

Steven Ekren

Senior Program Manager

Microsoft Corporation

session objectives and takeaways
Session Objectives And Takeaways
  • Session Objective(s):
    • Understand host and guest clustering high availability advantages
  • Host and Guest clustering both have valuable high availability advantages for services and applications
  • Know when to pick the right solution
failover clustering hyper v
Failover Clustering + Hyper-V
  • To increase the availability of VM’s and the applications they host:
    • Hardware health detection
    • Host operating system health detection
    • Virtual machine health detection
    • Application/service health detection
    • Automatic recovery
  • VM mobility

Clustering keeps you from putting all your VM eggs in 1 basket

what is a host cluster
What – is a Host Cluster?
  • Cluster service runs inside parent partition of a Hyper-V enabled server
  • Cluster manages VM’s
  • VM’s move from server to server


vm mobility planned downtime
VM MobilityPlanned Downtime
  • VM’s can seamlessly move from one server to another with no client downtime
      • Live Migration – No downtime
      • Quick Migration – Session state saved to disk


vm mobility unplanned downtime
VM MobilityUnplanned Downtime
  • Recovery from failures due to hardware or problem in parent partition
    • VM’s are cold restarted on a surviving server


os health monitoring
OS Health Monitoring
  • Enables any app to be covered by increased availability
  • Virtual machines are health checked
    • Requires Integration Components installed


when host clustering
When – Host Clustering?
  • Zero Downtime Host Patching
    • Hardware changes
    • Software updates to parent partition
  • Load Distribution
    • Live migrate VM’s to different servers to load balance
  • Great answer for any / all Hyper-V deployments
key differentiators takeaway
Key Differentiators Takeaway
  • Host clustering delivers two key values:
what is a guest c luster
What – is a Guest Cluster?
  • Cluster service runs inside a Hyper-V guest
  • Application and services running inside the VM are managed by the cluster
  • Apps move from VM to VM


when guest clustering
When – Guest Clustering?
  • Service or application health detection and automatic recovery
  • Move service or application to a different VM to allow update of OS or service/application running in guest


why app mobility
Why – App Mobility
  • Applications and services running inside the guest are health checked
  • Storage is presented to the VM directly via the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator


key differentiators takeaway15
Key Differentiators Takeaway
  • Guest clustering delivers two key values:
host guest clustering best of both worlds
Host + Guest Clustering Best of both worlds
  • Provides the most flexibility and protection
    • VM and App mobility
  • Consider host VM action’s effects on guest cluster
    • Live migrate
    • Quick migrate
    • Shutdown VM
    • Pause VM
  • A cluster on a cluster does come at increased complexity…
using host guest clusters

Using Host/Guest Clusters

Steven EkrenSenior Program ManagerMicrosoft


demo configuration
Demo Configuration









heartbeat settings
Heartbeat Settings
  • SameSubnetThreshold & SameSubnetDelay
    • Where to configure: guest cluster
    • Effect: increase tolerance for network responsiveness during live migration

Configure Heartbeat and DNS Settings in a Multi-Site Failover Cluster.

keeping vm s off the same node
Keeping VM’s off the same Node
  • AntiAffinityClassName
    • Where to configure: host cluster
    • Effect: attempts to avoid hosting VMs on the same node

How to configure Windows clustering groups for hot spare support

KB Article: 296799

low priority vm s
Low Priority VM’s
  • AutoStart (Windows Server 2008 R2)
    • Where to configure: host cluster
    • Effect: if set to “no”, VM will not automatically start if there is a node or group failure.
ensuring startup
Ensuring Startup
  • Persistent mode (Windows Server 2008 R2)
    • Where to configure: host cluster
    • Effect: When enabled, and the cluster starts, VMs will attempt to be placed on node that they were last moved to.
mixing physical and virtual
Mixing Physical and Virtual
  • Can mix having both physical nodes and VM’s in the same cluster
    • Supported – just pass validate
    • Requires iSCSI storage
  • Scenario: Workload regularly runs on physical node, but VM is secondary node


guest cluster w orkloads sql
Guest Cluster WorkloadsSQL
  • Host and guest clustering supported for SQL 2005 and 2008
  • Supports guest live and quick migration

Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment

guest cluster w orkloads exchange
Guest Cluster WorkloadsExchange
  • Exchange 2007 SP1 (and later) supported for guest and host clustering
  • Exchange 2007 SP1 HA solutions are supported for guest clustering

guest cluster w orkloads file server
Guest Cluster WorkloadsFile Server
  • Supported
  • Live migration is a great solution for moving the file server to a different physical system without breaking client TCP/IP connections
  • Configuring VM’s for high availability is the norm, not the exception
  • Each model has it’s advantages
  • Understand your customers goals to help choose what’s right for them
    • There is no general right or wrong answer

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related content
Related Content
  • Breakout Sessions
    • WSV313 | Failover Clustering Deployment Success
    • WSV314 | Failover Clustering Pro Troubleshooting with Windows Server 2008 R2
    • VIR303 | Disaster Recovery by Stretching Hyper-V Clusters across Sites
    • ARC308 | High Availability: A Contrarian View
    • DAT207 | SQL Server High Availability: Overview, Considerations, and Solution Guidance
    • DAT303 | Architecting and Using Microsoft SQL Server Availability Technologies in a Virtualized World
    • DAT305 | See the Largest Mission Critical Deployment of Microsoft SQL Server around the World
    • DAT401 | High Availability and Disaster Recovery: Best Practices for Customer Deployments
    • DAT407 | Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008: Failover Clustering Implementations
    • UNC304 | Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: High Availability Deep Dive
    • UNC305 | Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 High Availability Design Considerations

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    • BOF34-IT | Microsoft Exchange Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery: Are You Prepared?
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    • DAT09-HOL | Installing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 + SP1 Clustered Instance
    • DAT12-HOL | Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Failover Cluster
    • UNC02-HOL | Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 High Availability and Storage Scenarios
    • VIR06-HOL | Implementing High Availability and Live Migration with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V
failover clustering resources
Failover Clustering Resources
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        • Cluster Resources:
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  • Clustering Technical Resources:
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  • Clustering Forum (2008 R2):
  • R2 Cluster Features:

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