Saturday 2 January 2010

Intel Modular Server – Storage For the Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 OSs

As part of the ongoing set up process for our Hyper-V cluster that will be running three server OSs and five desktop OSs, we need to set aside a bit of storage space for the actual Compute Module Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 OS:


So, what we have done here is created a Storage Group called HyperV_OS based on drives 1 and 2 which are both Seagate Savvio 146GB 15K.2 SAS 6.0Gb/s drives.

All of the drives populating the 13 drive bays are the same Seagate model.

Click on either one of the drives in slot 1 or 2 and we get the following:


The information breakdown is quite comprehensive as we drill down into the various menus in the Modular Server Control console.

The plan for the balance of the drives is to have slots 3 through 6 set up as a dedicated RAID 10 array for Small Business Server 2008 and the balance of the drives in slots 8 through 13 set up as a RAID 10 for the other two servers and the five desktop OSs.

An Intel SR1630HGP 1U Intel Xeon Processor 3400 Series server with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard x64 will be a Read-Only DC providing authentication fall back if there is a full shutdown of all systems. The Hyper-V Role is also installed on this box.

Microsoft’s System Center Virtual Machine Manager will be installed on the 1U to facilitate managing the VMs.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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