- Install the OS (no sh!t Sherlock). Make sure you run the same edition on all nodes. Also installed any required MPIO software that may be required by your SAN.
- Join the server to the same domain that your other Cluster nodes are members of
- Enable and configure Windows Updates
- Make sure that your network adapter naming convention is the same as on the other nodes. This will make management easier
- Install the Hyper-V role, reboot when prompted
- Make sure to have naming consistency in your Virtual network. In other words, exactly the same name and capitalization
- Install the Failover Clustering feature, reboot when prompted
- Physically connect the server to your SAN
- Join the node to the cluster. This can be done via the Failover Cluster Management MMC: Right click your cluster name, select Add Node, enter the server name and click OK. The command line alternative is "cluster.exe /cluster:Cluster_Name /add /node:Node_Name"
Monday, May 31, 2010
How to add a Node to a Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster
Dammit - me and my lack of documentation. Worked with Hyper-V for the first time six months ago (I'm predominantly a VMware dude). I Had to add a node to a failover cluster this morning, and found myself wishing I had documented it better the first time around. Got it sorted after a bit of scratching around; as you'll see below I've also finally gotten round to documenting the process. The below assumes that you've hooked it presented appropriate the appropriate LUNs on the SAN etc. etc....