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Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster - Part 1 - Design and implementation overview

This article is not part of the Building Microsoft System Center Cloud series but we will use the new cluster to host our VMs in the cloud series.

Design

High-level design

None. It is very simple...

Low-level design

Networks

First we should configure the network.

Topology

In the production environment you would like to have physical or VLAN separation of the networks but in our case in our testing environment we will use this configuration because this is the best …

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Implementation of the Windows Server Failover Cluster - Basic guide with all recommended steps

This article is not part of the Building Microsoft System Center Cloud series but we will use the new cluster to host our VMs in the cloud series.

Implementation overview

Steps to create Failover Cluster for Hyper-V or SQL Server

Steps that I always have on my mind...

Configure network interfaces.

Add all future nodes into domain.

Install Failover Clustering.

If there are multiple paths to the storage then install Microsoft Multipath I/O (MPIO).

Online all disks on all …

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Building Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual Domain Controller on Hyper-V host - Part 5 - DNS configuration

This article is not part of the Building Microsoft System Center Cloud series but we need these DCs for our Hyper-V cluster that we are using in our Cloud series.

DNS Servers

Your serves point to your DNS servers (your DCs) so you may change configuration of the DNS servers.

Bug in Windows Server 2012 - fec0::/10 forwarders

By default you may see fec0:0:0:ffff::1, fec0:0:0:ffff::2, fec0:0:0:ffff::3 IP addresses in the list of your forwarders. This is a bug in the Microsoft Windows …

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Building Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual Domain Controller on Hyper-V host - Part 4 - Advanced configuration

This article is not part of the Building Microsoft System Center Cloud series but we need these DCs for our Hyper-V cluster that we are using in our Cloud series.

Create a central store for GPO administrative templates

You should do this for every domain that you create because it is always easier to do that before the environment is switched from the Deployment status to the Production status.

Create PolicyDefinitions in \\<Domain FQDN>\SYSVOL\<Domain FQDN>\Policies and …

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Building Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual Domain Controller on Hyper-V host - Part 3 - Active Directory - Installation and basic configuration

This article is not part of the Building Microsoft System Center Cloud series but we need these DCs for our Hyper-V cluster that we are using in our Cloud series.

Naming domain

Naming domain is very important step. It is not a problem to use local TLD in the testing environment but I will rather use the correct approach.

Best practices

Always use existing domain that you own. But never use domain where you have or you could have your website and therefore the public DNS …

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