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I am looking to setup a 2 server HyperV environment with a Dell SAN in the back. I am setting them in cluster format and have 2008 r2 Enterprise servers for the hosts. Is there any other software that I need to get the failover configured. Dell is saying yes and MS site is saying no.

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What are dell saying you need? – Chopper3 Dec 7 '10 at 21:17
I'm guessing it might be the MPIO software? – Mark Henderson Dec 7 '10 at 21:50
A real backup solution does not come out of the box! – tony roth Dec 7 '10 at 22:03
in other words whats your hardware vss provider – tony roth Dec 7 '10 at 22:07
also the backup software has to be aware of the csv, if you have DPM then your covered if not then you'll need to find a solution – tony roth Dec 7 '10 at 22:14
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No, you do not need any additional software. As others have mentioned you can use System Center Virtual Machine Manager, but it is not required. The two tools you will need are:

  • Hyper-V Manager
  • Failover Cluster Manager

What you're trying to do is detailed in these two video; I highly recommend watching them.

We're doing an almost identical implementation, with two R410 servers and an MD3220i back end. My R410's arrived this morning, so I'm excited to get it set up.

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This is great thanks – Ken Dec 7 '10 at 22:15

There's other software that you 'can' use, but with R2 you can use CSV (clustered shared volumes) which is included with the Windows OS. You'll need to setup a cluster and CSV volumes. It's all possible with the 'out of the box' software.

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Other software such as Virtual Machine Manager and Systems Operations Manager should be used to manage production environments, however they are not required.

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