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Virtual Environments with Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Build, deploy, and manage Hyper-V in failover cluster environments
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What Will I Learn?
Bring your node computers together into a cluster, remove failed nodes, and add new computer
Explore the needs and the variety of storage options for a Hyper-V cluster
Use the built-in graphical tools to manage your nodes and virtual machines
Employ various methods to move virtual machines across nodes and clusters
Use PowerShell and go beyond clustering to manage your nodes and virtual machines
Gain a basic understanding of licensing Windows Server in a virtual environment
Learn how to monitor the performance of your Hyper-V systems and meter virtual machines
Get introduced to the cloud-enabling features of System Center Virtual Machine Manager
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  • This is an easy-to-follow set of videos that demonstrate the concepts and techniques of expanding into a fully functional cluster while highlighting the relationship between Hyper-V and failover clustering.

Building and Managing Clusters with Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is a video series designed to present the complexities of Hyper-V and failover cluster configuration in easily digestible chunks. The segments feature demonstrations of the concepts explained in the video, being executed on an actual Hyper-V cluster.

You'll begin with the basics of setting up your nodes, gathering them into the cluster, and working with your shared storage system. Then you'll get an in-depth tour of managing your systems using the built-in graphical tools and PowerShell cmdlets. With that foundation, you'll learn advanced concepts of virtual machine migration and cluster protection. You'll also discover detailed maintenance steps, such as how Cluster-Aware Updating keeps your nodes patched without impacting virtual machines.

Building and Managing Clusters with Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 will present you with the knowledge and examples you need to successfully design and deploy your own Hyper-V clusters.

About the Author

Eric Siron has over 15 years of professional experience in the information technology field. He has architected solutions across the spectrum, from two-user home offices to thousand-user enterprises. He began working with Microsoft Hyper-V Server in 2010, and has focused on Microsoft Virtualization technologies ever since. He is currently employed as a senior system administrator at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. He is a regular contributor to the Hyper-V Portal blog hosted by Altaro Software. In addition to this book, he is the author of Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster Design, Packt Publishing, and the creator of the screencast series, Building and Managing a Virtual Environment with Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, Packt Publishing.

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  • Get introduced to the cloud-enabling features of System Center Virtual Machine Manager
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Expand All 40 Lectures Collapse All 40 Lectures 03:27:42
Preparing the Nodes
5 Lectures 24:25

Learn how you can balance virtual workloads with Hyper-V clusters by avoiding installation problems.

Installing Hyper-V

Discover how to install and use the Hyper-V PowerShell module.

Installing the Hyper-V PowerShell Module

Get familiar with the two major graphical tools used to manage Hyper-V in a cluster.

Installing the Hyper-V Manager and Failover Cluster Manager

Learn how to configure network adapters and teams for Hyper-V.

Network Adapter Teaming

Learn about virtual switch concepts and steps on how to install it.

Preview 05:42
Building the Cluster
5 Lectures 27:40

Learn how to prepare network adapters for use in a cluster.

Configuring Cluster Networks

Learn how to connect nodes to a shared storage.

Preview 07:05

Learn how and why you should validate a cluster.

Cluster Validation

Learn how to create a cluster using validated nodes.

Preview 05:07

Learn how to extend a Hyper-V cluster with additional nodes and storage LUNs.

Adding Nodes and Storage to an Existing Cluster
Virtual Machine Storage in a Cluster
5 Lectures 23:37

Learn about the purpose of each of the files that make up a virtual machine.

Virtual Machine Files

Learn about Cluster Shared Volumes for virtual machines.

Cluster Shared Volumes

Learn how to use SMB 3 shares for your virtual machines.

Preview 04:13

Take a look at the necessary settings to ensure your virtual machine files are properly accessible.

Storage and Share Permissions

Virtual machines don't always fit nicely in a single location. Learn how to split them up.

Splitting Virtual Machine Storage
Manipulating Virtual Machines in the GUI
5 Lectures 22:10

Learn about the GUI methods for VM creation and deletion.

Preview 05:14

Learn about the GUI methods for setting up the virtual machine memory.

Adjusting Memory Settings

Learn how to configure a virtual machine's hard drives

Working with Hard Drives

Take a look at the options for virtual network adapters.

Changing Network Settings

The cluster will automatically control virtual machines in some events. Take a look at how to adjust these actions.

Manipulating Automatic Actions
Manipulating Virtual Machines in PowerShell
5 Lectures 25:19

Learn about the PowerShell methods to create and delete virtual machines.

Preview 05:14

Learn about the GUI methods for setting up a virtual machine memory.

Adjusting Virtual Machine Memory (PowerShell)

Learn how to configure a virtual machine's hard drives.

Working with Hard Drives (PowerShell)

View and modify the options for virtual network adapters.

Changing Network Settings (PowerShell)

The cluster will automatically control virtual machines in some events. Learn how to adjust these actions.

Manipulating Automatic Actions (PowerShell)
Virtual Machine Mobility
5 Lectures 29:07

Learn how to configure and perform Live Migrations.

Live Migrations

Learn how Quick Migration is different from Live Migration and how it is still relevant.

Quick Migrations

See how the cluster fails over virtual machines in response to various events.


Check out the methods available for moving the storage of clustered virtual machines.

Storage Live Migrations

Learn why and how to use Shared Nothing Live Migration in a failover cluster.

Shared Nothing Live Migrations
Cluster Protection
5 Lectures 27:01

Learn how to configure Hyper-V Replica in a cluster environment.

Hyper-V Replica Setup

Learn how to perform replica failovers.

Preview 06:16

The cluster and replica do not provide comprehensive protection for virtual machines. Learn how backup is different from these two.


Learn how to guarantee network bandwidth and restrict disk IOPS.

Quality of Service

Learn how to configure and run Cluster Aware Updating.

Cluster Aware Updating
Cluster Maintenance
5 Lectures 28:23

Learn the basics of Windows Server licensing as a virtual machine.


Learn how to manipulate the checkpoints in Hyper-V.

Preview 05:50

The Best Practices Analyzer in Windows Server has a specific Hyper-V module. Learn how to scan your hosts for problems.

Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer

Learn about configuring monitoring and metering of Hyper-V.

Hyper-V Monitoring and Metering

Hyper-V and Failover Clustering are just the beginning. Refer to an introduction to VMM, the tool that can help you to build your own cloud.

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