Microsoft Private Cloud – Implementation Guide


How to implement private cloud using Microsoft HyperV?

Download: Guide to build Microsoft Private Cloud

The IBM® Reference Configuration for Microsoft Private Cloud provides businesses an affordable, interoperable, reliable, and industry-leading virtualization solution. Validated by the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program, the IBM Reference Configuration for Microsoft Private Cloud combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations for compute, network, and storage, as well as value-added software components.

This document provides setup and configuration details for the IBM 8-Node Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track solution used in the actual Microsoft program validation. Its design consists of Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V clusters powered by IBM System x3650 M3 servers with IBM XIV® storage connected to IBM converged and Ethernet networks.

This paper consists of a short summary of the Reference Configuration software and hardware components, followed by best practice implementation guidelines.

This paper targets mid-to-large sized organizations consisting of IT engineers familiar with the hardware and software that make up the IBM Cloud Reference Architecture. Additionally, the Systems x and XIV technical sales teams and their customers evaluating or pursuing Hyper-V virtualization solutions will benefit. Advanced comprehensive experience with the various components is recommended. However, there are technical reviews as well as supplemental references included for more in-depth information regarding the entirety of the solution.

Download: Guide to build Microsoft Private Cloud

Adding second hard drive to HyperV virtual machine


How to Attach virtual hard disk to existing HyperV virtual machine?
This step by step instruction will guide you to add virtual hard disk to your HyperV virtual machine.

Situations:
My virtual SharePoint 2010 installation is running out of space and need to add additional drive so
that I could move SQL data out of current drive to the new one.

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Step 1:

1. Turn off your virtual hyperv machine and open HyperV Manager. Select the virtual machine
which you want to add additional virtual drive and click on Settings

HyperV Manager

2. In settings select IDE Controller | Hard Drive  and click Add

Adding new hard drive to hyperv

3.  Now we need to create a new virtual hard disk. Click new to create new virtual harddisk

Creating new virtual hard disk - hyperv

4.  Adding new virtual hard disk wizard: This wizard helps you to create a new virtual hard disk.
Virtual hard disk provide storage for virtual machines and are stored on physical media as.vhd files

Click Next

New virtual hard disk wizard in hyperv

5.  You have three options to choose disk type
– Fixed Size, dynamically expanding and differencing. In this case, I am going with fixed size

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6. Specify Name and location. I

Specify  name and location for virtual hard disk

7. You can create a blank virtual hard disk or copy the contents of an existing physical disk

Configure Virtual Hard Disk HyperV

8. Summary of your new virtual hard disk which we are creating and click
Okay below to create your new virtual hard disk

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9. Once HyperV completed it process of creating new virtual hard disk, this is how you should see the end result

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Step 2:

1. Turn on your HyperV virtual machine
Start | Administrative Tools | Server Manager | Disk Management |

In disk management you should see your second drive which you created.

Windows 2008 Server Disk Management

2.  Right click in unallocated space and click on New Simple Volume

Creating Simple Volume in Windows 2008

3. New simple volume wizard : This wizard helps you to create a simple volume on a disk

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4.  Specify Volume Size : Choose a volume size that is between the maximum and minimum sizes

Specify Volume Size in Windows 2008

5. Assign Drive Letter or Path : For easier access, you can assign a dive letter or drive path to your partition

Assign Drive letter or Path in Windows 2008

6. Format Partition: To store data on this partition, you must format it fist

Format Partition in Windows 2008

7.  You have successfully completed the new simple volume wizard

new volume wizard windows 2008

8.  End results: I have successfully added second drive to my hyperv virtual machine.

Second drive in HyperV virtual machine

Now I can move all the SQL data files to my new drive which I added in HyperV virtual machine. If you perform all the above steps
you can successfully add additional drive in your HyperV virtual machine.