New eBook – Building a Hyper-V Cluster for Under $20003
Last year, I was talking with the folks at Altaro about putting together a test cluster. Working together, we came up with a surprisingly inexpensive configuration and upon acquiring all the items, I documented the steps to assemble them and composed an eBook that shows you how to do the same. You can find the download link below!
Let’s start with a quick intro.
Note #1: Most of the hardware in the eBook was acquired from NewEgg, which only ships to destinations in the United States. Of course, the hardware can be obtained elsewhere and from other resellers, but pricing may be different, sometimes significantly.
Note #2: The provided solution does not include any software licenses at all. This posting strictly discusses the involved hardware. Two of the hosts can be Hyper-V Server so only guests will need to be licensed. The third must run an operating system that can provide storage services. If you choose a Microsoft operating system, it will need to be fully licensed.
Disclaimer: Neither I, nor Altaro are endorsing any of the vendors mentioned, nor are any of them endorsing us. We needed a solution and were able to use these products to achieve it. That is the extent of the relationship. Furthermore, just because we were able to make this work doesn’t mean that everyone else in the world will be able to. You assume all risks if you choose to follow these purchasing and build guidelines.
An Open Invitation
We’d like to hear your thoughts on how to improve this list to either lower costs or improve functionality without breaking the $2,000 ceiling. If you’re not in the United States, other readers in your region would certainly benefit from knowing about resellers who can match or approach this pricing.
Also, if you like the eBook let us know by commenting and sharing it with your peers!
Ready to get cracking? Download Your Copy of the eBook!
Interested in learning more about Hyper-V Failover Clustering?
Read the post series: Hyper-V failover clustering
Have you seen the new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide by Aidan Finn, Michel Luescher, Patrick Lownds and Damian Flynn? It’s available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de.
Also, for our German-speaking readers – You might want to check this one out: http://www.faq-o-matic.net/2013/03/27/hyper-v-das-handbuch-ab-juni-2013/.