I read a very nice article over on TechNet about some of the new features of Failover Clustering in Windows 8, so I decided to give it a spin. It’s not too bad, I’m really enjoying the new Server Manager interface, it’s pretty awesome.

Here are the screenshots of the setup process.


Here is the dashboard, this particular computer was upgraded to Windows 8 Server from Windows 2008 R2, so there were already a few roles installed.


Similar interface for adding the Failover Clustering Role


I’ve not tried the Remote Desktop VDI stuff yet, I’m thinking I may grab a couple of more machines and start over with fresh installs.


Here you can install roles onto one of the servers in your pool. I added win8-hv2.soecs.ku.edu to the pool so I could manage both servers from one interface, cool huh?

There is also the option to install the role to VHD, I will have to try that later!


Here you can see the installed roles from Windows 2008 R2


There’s the feature I’m after, Failover Clustering. Note the additional tools, there are 81 PowerShell cmdlets available for managing Failover Clustering. I’m going to post those up after this.


Here is everything that will be installed, I checked the box to Restart the destination if necessary, but for this feature it’s not necessary. But as I was messing around with various other components earlier this week, that’s a nice option.


The installation is starting, you can see the notification flag now has a 1 inside it’s little box. You can close this window and the install will progress.


Clicking on the notification flag, you can see all tasks that are currently running.


Here is what you see when you click details. By the time I got to this screen the installation was done.


I can manage the Cluster from the Dashboard Tools menu


Since it’s installed on win8-hv1 I can right click on that server in the Server Pool and select Failover Cluster Manager from there.


Perhaps this is silly to point out, but the Failover Clustering feature was not installed on win8-hv2 and so you don’t see the option to manage it from there.