How to Configure Virtual Server 2005 in Order to Setup a Test SQL Server Cluster

  • Once you are done, click on “Create” to create the virtual machine configuration file. Once the virtual machine configuration file has been created, you will then see the virtual machine name you just created in the “Master Status” screen of the Virtual Server 2005 Administrator’s Website.

    Next, we must configure the virtual SCSI controller, the shared disk, and the private network to be used by this virtual machine.

  • To configure the current virtual machine, go to the “Master Status” page and move the cursor over the name of the virtual server. When you do this, a sub-menu appears. Select “Edit Configuration” from the sub-menu. A screen, similar to the one below appears.

  • The “Status” part of the screen appears first, and is not of much interest to us now. Our focus is on the “Configuration” part of the screen. It is here where we will create the virtual SCSI adapter, assign the shared disk to the adapter, and also add the private network to this virtual server.

  • To create the virtual SCSI adapter, click on “SCSI adapters”, and the following screen appears.

    Now, click on “Add SCSI Adapter,” and this screen appears.

    In the above screen, you want to select “Share SCSI bus for clustering,” which I have already done above, and select the “SCSI adapter ID” as 6. Note: Do not use the default value of 7, as this will conflict with node1. Then click on “OK” to create the SCSI adapter. We are now done adding the virtual SCSI adapter.

  • Our next task is to add the shared disk to the virtual machine and assign it to the SCSI adapter we just created. To do this, from the “Configuration” screen for the virtual machine, click on “Hard Disks,” and the “Note2 Virtual Hard Disk Properties” screen appears. Our task now is to add an additional virtual hard disk as our shared drive. To do this, click on “Add Disk,” and the screen refreshes, allowing us to add the shared virtual drive.


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