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We have two physical servers on the different area protected by firewalls. We want to build Hyper-V cluster for this servers. We found the article from Microsoft VMM Ports and Protocols, but there are a lot of different notes which says that this article is wrong (for example this one). Does anybody exactly know which ports do we need to open?

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A cluster through a firewall? –  pauska Jun 22 '11 at 7:14
    
Yes. This servers are located on different area protected by firewalls. –  Sasha Jun 22 '11 at 7:18
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That usually requires several clusters. I've never heard about anyone using a cluster through a firewall. I'm pretty sure that every support matrix out there will tell you not to.. –  pauska Jun 22 '11 at 7:25
    
In our case we cannot remove firewall from the scheme... And the main idea was to create cluster using two servers on the different areas. –  Sasha Jun 22 '11 at 7:43
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@Sasha, couldnt' agree with Pauska more here, bad idea, really bad - I do geographically-disperse clustering but over private/dark-fibre links with nothing above Layer 1 between them - this works but building it like this WILL break quite frequently. –  Chopper3 Jun 22 '11 at 8:46
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If you must go down this path, have a look here for a third party tool that may get the job done for you:

http://www.visionsolutions.com/Products/DT-Avail.aspx

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As I can understand we will spent less money for DT Availability product then building hardware storage for this two servers? –  Sasha Jun 28 '11 at 18:29
    
Umm... I don't know, will you? –  joeqwerty Jun 28 '11 at 19:30
    
~9600 for DT Product licenses VS hardware storage... I think software win! –  Sasha Jun 28 '11 at 20:46
    
On a side note, the last time I purchased DT they were very open to discounts for multiple license purchases. –  joeqwerty Jun 28 '11 at 22:51
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The core of the problem is that I believe the MS Clustering heartbeat is not a TCP/IP protocol packet, rather an ethernet broadcast of a specific kind. This means that cluster nodes need to be in the same subnet, and your firewall will be a firewall-on-a-bridge rather than a firewall-on-a-router. Because of this, a TCP/IP oriented firewall will not know what to do with this kind of packet and will in all likelihood, drop it.

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I really don't think this is possible unless you have considerable (resilient) bandwidth between your sites. It's certainly more complicated than just opening up a few firewall ports. Have a look at this presentation that will give you some idea of the requirements then boggle at the budget required.

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