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Hyper-V Failover Cluster Mastery: A Comprehensive Installation Guide

Hyper-V clustering is a Windows Server failover cluster that consolidates compute, memory, and network resources from multiple Hyper-V hosts into a single logical resource for virtual workloads.

a) How do I install the Hyper-V failover cluster server role ?

1. First, log in to the Hyper-V server and open the server manager.

2. Then, click Add Roles and Features.

3. After that, select role-based or feature-based installation in the Installation Type section and click Next in the server roles section.

4. Next, select Failover Clustering in the Features Installation section and confirm the installation of all subsequent components.


5. Then, keep the Include management tools (if applicable) option selected, and click Add Features to continue.

6. After that, confirm the installation of the Failover Clustering feature by pressing the “Install” button and waiting for it to complete. Use the PowerShell cmdlet Add-WindowsFeature “failover-clustering”.

7. Next, launch Failover Cluster Manager from the Start screen.

8. Then, right-click on Failover Cluster Manager and select Create Cluster from the left.

9. After that, click Next and add server to the list of selected servers in the Select Servers section.

10. Next, click “Next“.

11. Then, check yes. When I click Next, I run the configuration verification test and then return to the process with the Create Cluster option selected in the Verification Warnings section and click Next to launch the Validate Configuration Wizard window.

12. After that, click Next in the first step of the Validate a Configuration Wizard.

13. Next, select the Run all tests (recommended) option in Testing Options and click Next.

14. Then, click Next in the confirmation section.

15. Afterwards, the cluster node server will be verified for cluster capability, which may take a few minutes depending on your infrastructure.

16. Next, the summary overview is displayed, and the results can be exported to a report view.

17. Then, click Finish to close the Validate a Configuration Wizard.

18. Then, enter a name for the Hyper-V failover cluster.

19. Next, click “Next” to proceed, review your entered details about cluster nodes and cluster names, and if everything is correct, click “Next” to configure the failover cluster.

20. Then the cluster should be configured successfully.

21. Finally, the failover cluster manager should look like this:

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