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  • Need Help : Cluster in Virtual Pc 2007

    Hi all,

    Anyone knows whether we can create a cluster using virtual PC 2007.

    Details as under

    Server01 - DC, DNC, DHCP
    Server02 - Member Server

    Objective: To Create a cluster among server01 & server02 and install exchange 2003 on Server01 (active /passive nodes) & test for failover / failback scenarios

    I would like to know if this is possible in Virtual PC 2007.

    Regards
    thaddeus

    classfriend at yahoo dot com

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    Re: Need Help : Cluster in Virtual Pc 2007

    A hint what OS(es) are involved would be very helpful!
    Tom Jones
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    IT Trainer / Consultant
    Ossian Ltd
    Scotland

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    • #3
      Re: Need Help : Cluster in Virtual Pc 2007

      Originally posted by tfernandes View Post
      I would like to know if this is possible in Virtual PC 2007.
      I wouldn't count on it.
      To have a cluster, you will need a Enterprise-class OS (on the hosts). None of those is supported in VirtualPC 2007, even with SP1. This said, any testing in such an environment will have untrustworthy results.
      More than that, VirtualPC 2007 is not a cluster-aware virtualization solution. It has difficulties dealing with remote storage (you are talking about some shared storage on some SAN disks, if you're talking cluster, aren't you?), so I really cannot see all this coming together.
      And all this even before knowing what OSes you have there, as Ossian requested.

      Just to be certain: I am not saying it cannot be done. Just that:
      1) I doubt it it can be done, so the time invested in tailoring such an environment might be wasted in vain;
      2) even if one will manage to build the test environment, the results of the test are uncertain.
      Last edited by sorinso; 26th March 2010, 20:23.

      Sorin Solomon


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      • #4
        Re: Need Help : Cluster in Virtual Pc 2007

        I don't think VPC2007 is the right choice when you need to design a high availability solution.

        Remember: Cheap is expensive.
        Cheers,

        Daniel Petri
        Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
        MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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