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.

The cluster is now configured and we can continue with installation of the virtual machine that will be our the most widely used VM. It will be our management server. In the production environment we would install it as terminal server but in our environment we will install it without Remote Desktop Services role like any other member server in our domain. But of course we will add a lot of Remote Server Administration Tools to the server.

New highly-available (clustered) virtual machine

  • Failover Cluster Manager - Roles - New Virtual Machine...
      • contmng0
      • C:\ClusterStorage\Volume 1\
      • Generation 2

Installation of the management server

  • Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (Server with a GUI).

Configuration of the management server

  • Add to the domain.
Add-Computer -DomainName ad.contoso.com -Restart
  •  Allow remote connections to this computer
  • Install all Administration Tools suitable for your management server.

Test new highly-available virtual machine

  • And because we are in the testing environment we can just for fun initialize live migration of the VM that we are now connecting from the Failover Cluster Manager on the same VM. You should be able to watch a movie and see only a small glip when the networks are switched.
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Part of the series

  1. Implementation of the Windows Server Failover Cluster - Basic guide with all recommended steps
  2. Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster - Part 1 - Design and implementation overview
  3. Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster - Part 2 - Network configuration
  4. Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster - Part 3 - Installation and basic configuration
  5. Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster - Part 4 - Cluster storage and quorum configuration
  6. Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster - Part 5 - Cluster network configuration
  7. Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster - Part 6 - Final steps