This blog post walks you through the detailed instructions to setup Windows NFS3 Failover Cluster as SR on XenServer 6.5 SP1.

STEP 1:  Get 3 Windows VM’s as Domain Members

  • Deploy 3 Windows 2012 64 bit Guest VM’s  on XenServer 6.5 SP1 and configure Static IP’s .
  • Disable Firewall on all 3 guest VM’s and Reboot the VM’s
  • Change guest VM’s host name to nfsnode1,nfsnode2,nfsnode3 and Join the Domain
  • Launch RDP to windows VM’s using Domain credentials

STEP 2:  Initiate iSCSI Target Server on all the Windows nodes 

  • Launch RDP to windows Node 1 VM using Domain credentials
  • Access Server Manager => Tools => SCSI Initiator
  • Add Target IQN and Discovery Server & Auto Configure Volumes
  • Verify that iSCSI LUN is mounted on to the available Disk (Ex: E:\)
  • Repeat above steps on node 2 & node 3 VM

STEP 3:  Configure Fail Over Cluster Feature

  • Access Server Manager => Add Roles and Features
  • Select “Failover Clustering” under features and Install
  • Repeat above steps on node 2 & node 3 VM
  • Validate Cluster on node 1 and add cluster (failovercluster1.ad.xenrt.citrite.net) with 3 nodes
  • Add Static IP to Cluster . Click On Cluster =>Right Click On Cluster Core Resources IP Address => Properties (Note: By default Node1 IP gets assigned to the cluster. Change this IP and assign a new Static IP).
  • Verify the state of Role to turn online

STEP 4: Install & Configure “File Server” Role

  • Access Server Manager => Add Roles and Features
  • Select “File Server”  Role and Install
  • Access Server Manager => Tools . Launch  “Failover Cluster”
  • Add Role of type “File Server”
  • Assign Static IP to File Server role. Verify the state of Role to turn online

STEP 5: Install and Configure “Server for NFS” role  .

  • Access Server Manager => Add Roles and Features
  • Select “Server For NFS”  Role and Install
  • Access Server Manager => Tools . Launch  “Failover Cluster”
  • Access Roles Under FailOver Cluster . Add File Share on “File Server” Role of type  “NFS-QUICK”

STEP 6:  Add the File Share as SR to XenServer

  • Launch XenCenter and Connect to the XenServer 6.5 SP1
  • Add new  SR of type NFS with the FileServer IP and Share (Ex: 192.x.x.x:/<Share Name)

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