May 29 2009

Creating a Windows Server 2003 or 2008 Cluster within Hyper-V using iSCSI shared storage

Shared disk options when trying to create a cluster using virtualized nodes within Microsoft Hyper-V are very limited – in fact, only iSCSI will work! You can no longer use a shared SCSI device as you could with older Microsoft virtualization product or like you can with products from VMWare.

I was happy to find that StarWind offers a free iSCSI Target Server ( – it’s very simple to install and share out storage and best of all it is free – great for test / dev environments.

Gavin McShera has a fantastic step-by-step guide on how to set up a 2008 cluster in a Hyper-V environment over here –>

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