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I hope you all enjoyed part 4 of my micro blog tutorial on how to "Allocate Storage pools to Hype-V host groups" .  In part 5 , i would demonstrate the steps to create a LUN for a "Standalone Hyper-V Host", "Hyper-V Cluster" and how you can "Use a Cluster Disk as a Cluster Shared Volume for High Availability".

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To use the storage exposed via SMI-S in SCVMM, you must allocate storage pools to the Hyper-V host groups. When this procedure is performed the Hyper-V host members of that host group will be suitable for LUN provisioning and LUN creation, only for the selected storage pools.

 

Create a LUN for a Standalone Hyper-V Host

 

Before getting started, make sure that at least one storage pool has been allocated to the host group, for more details on how to allocate storage pools to Hyper-V host groups refer to

part 4 of my micro blog.

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On the SCVMM 2012 console, navigate to Fabric; under servers detect the desired standalone Hyper-V host.

 

Right-click the host and select Properties, on the Storage page, click Add and "Add Disk".


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Click Create Logical Unit, the LUN creation wizard pops up.

 

Select the Storage pool where you want to create the LUN. Only storage pools that have been allocated to the host group will be visible. Enter a Name for the LUN. Select the Size of the LUN. Select

either Create thin storage logical unit with capacity committed on demand or Create a fixed size storage logical unit with capacity fully committed, click OK.

 

The LUN will be created, and the option will display the LUN information. Select the partition type, volume name, format option, and drive letter that will be used on the Hyper-V host. (Drive E in this example).

 

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The new disk has been created; the LUN can be seen in the Fabric, Storage, Classification and Pools:

 

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Log in remotely to the Hyper-V host and verify that the disk has been created and is available.

 

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Next i would demonstrate the steps to create a LUN for a Hyper-V cluster.

 

 

Create a LUN for the Hyper-V Cluster

 

In the SCVMM console click Fabric > Servers select the cluster where you want to create a new LUN. Right-click the cluster and select Properties and click Available Storage and click Add.

 

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Click Create Logical Unit.

 

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Select Storage Pool, enter a Name, select the Size of the LUN, select either Create thin storage logical unit with capacity committed on demand or Create a fixed size storage logical unit with capacity fully committed and click OK.

 

After the LUN gets created for the cluster, a new volume is available under Available Storage in the cluster.

 

After the SCVMM job is completed, the Hyper-V hosts’ member of the cluster will have a new Cluster Shared Volume that can be used to store the VM. The result can be seen in the cluster Property, in the Shared Storage section:

 

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Next lets use this available storage and convert it to a CSV which could be used later to place highly available VM's

 

Use a Cluster Disk as a Cluster Shared Volume for High Availability

 

Using a cluster disk as a CSV is fairly simple, select the highlighted disk and click Convert to CSV.

 

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Next head over to the "Shared Volumes" tab and verify that the disk shows up as a CSV, you can also verify this by logging into a clustered Hyper-V host -> Failover Cluster Manager -> Shared disks.

 

I hope that you have enjoyed this blog entry  and have found this information helpful.

 

In my next micro-blog on Hyper-V Host storage management i would be talking about how we can  "Create a LUN on the NetApp Storage and Allocate It from SCVMM 2012"

 

Good Luck !

 

Thanks,

Vinith

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