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I'm a complete newbie to setting up servers and clustering, so baby gloves please :)

I am trying to simulate a cluster of 4 nodes on my windows 8 laptop using hyper-v (its a beefy laptop, so don't worry about the performance). So far, I have done the following steps:

1) Installed a VM (Windows Server 2012) to act as my domain controller

2) Installed 4 VM's (each with Windows Server 2012) to act as my cluster. Each VM is connected to the domain

3) Installed the Failover cluster feature on each of the 4 nodes and created a cluster using the Failover cluster Manager

Now, I need to setup a storage for this cluster. My initial thoughts were to use a shared folder from my laptop which can act as a common storage, but I can't figure out how to do this or even if this is possible. I keep hearing about setting up iSCSI but I have failed to find a basic tutorial on this.

I did also find iSCSI software target (, but I'm not sure how to use this. Should I install WS2012 on a new VM, join it to the domain and install this software on that VM in order to provide storage for my cluster? IF so, will I need to recreate my cluster?

Seeking help from one of the gurus on this forum on how to take this forward and configure a common storage for the cluster in the simplest manner possible. Just as a tiny bit of background, I need to do this in order to test out some cluster related runbooks from system center orchestrator, so this cluster won't really be used for anything real.

Thanks in advance :)

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link bomb this is for guest clustering, you can't do host clustering with windows 8.… – tony roth Apr 5 '13 at 16:39
Thanks for that link. I found another great step-by-step guide to setting up shared storage, but that doesn't work with in my setup… – NullPointer Apr 7 '13 at 13:34
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I have now managed to do the above using information from a variety of links. Adding these links here for completeness:

Hope someone else can find the post useful

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Found the definitive guide to doing what I want to do, again if it helps someone, look here… – NullPointer Apr 7 '13 at 20:36

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