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Creating a 2 Node SQL Server 2008 Virtual Cluster Part 1


Creating a 2 Node SQL Server 2008 Virtual Cluster Part 1

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mohammed moinudheen (9/29/2011)
Can you please help here..

I am stuck in this section "Create and Configure the NAS VM".

"Add a 2GB virtual hard disk and a network adapter. Bind the virtual NIC to whichever virtual switch you want to use for the iSCSI network (VMNET2 in my case). Add a virtual cd drive and select the "use iso image" option and click next. Browse to the Freenas ISO image and click "Next", then click finish to complete adding the hardware.

Power on the VM and boot the ISO image accepting all defaults. Once the NOS has booted (shown below), select option 9 from the menu."

1) I am unable to browse to the Freenas ISO image even though I copied the contents to my ISO folder. I downloaded the latest FreeNAS image from this link.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-7-Stable/
So, when I click on CD-properties-> I am unable to navigate to the ISO file.

2) Also, while creating the Virtual machine.
Under Hard Disk->Properties, the location is "[ISOs] NASTest/NASTest.vmdk" by default. Is this correct?


Just to update, I was able to move forward in step (1).

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Perry Whittle (7/18/2011)
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I ambitiously started off trying to set up a windows cluster on VMWare and I came across your wonderful article. I am stuck on a small issue though. I am using Windows 7 and trying to power up the virtual machine. The boot image is FreeNAS as you mentioned in your article. I expected the NAS image to start the set up on power up of the Virtual machine. But nothing seems to be happening. I have little experience with VMWare. How can install the FreeNAS? Is there something that I am missing? In other words, Can you please elaborate on the following point made in your article.

"Power on the VM and boot the ISO image accepting all defaults." How do I boot the ISO image is my question.

Thanks,
Aditya guthey.

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once you have created the NAS virtual machine, edit the settings for the virtual CD\DVD drive and point to the FreeNAS ISO which you should have downloaded and stored in your ISO repository. This is also the same for installing the Windows servers too.

When creating the VM and adding a CD\DVD drive it will be set to use the host CD drive as default, you need to change this and point it to the relative ISO for the system you are installing. If you're still stuck let me know and I'll send you some more detailed screenshots. It may help you to read the VMWare Server 2.0 user guide PDF which is also available from VMWare when you obtain your download


Now, I am stuck here, "Power on the VM and boot the ISO image accepting all defaults."
I was able to edit the setting for the virtual CD\DVD drive and point to FreeNAS ISO, but not sure how to move forward from here.Please share your inputs.

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Hi Mohammed, sure i'm happy to help.

May i start by asking which browser you use?

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Hi Perry,
I am using Internet Explorer 9

Thanks,

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After powering on the VM server, the VMware Remote console appears like this,
How do we proceed now, please suggest.

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At a guess I would say you're using the 64 bit Freenas ISO and this is not compatible with your host. Try installing from the x86 ISO

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Perry Whittle (10/5/2011)
At a guess I would say you're using the 64 bit Freenas ISO and this is not compatible with your host. Try installing from the x86 ISO


I used this link for downloading the FreeNAS ISO which you had shared in this discussion forum. It looks like it only contains the 64 bit version.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-7-Stable/

Could you kindly share with me the correct link you recommend. I am afraid I might download something else and again get stalled in setting this up.

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use this link http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-7-Stable/0.7.2.7903/

and get the file named "FreeNAS-i386-LiveCD-0.7.2.7903.iso".
The file "FreeNAS-amd64-LiveCD-0.7.2.7903.iso" is the 64 bit version.

When you create the VM use the FreeBSD 32 bit OS type for the i386 ISO, the FreeBSD 64 bit VM type should be used with the amd64 ISO.

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Thank you Perry, really appreciate your help.
I will try this and update the forum.

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I was able to proceed further in configuring the virtual machine but I am stuck at this point now.

"In the VMWare server console ensure you highlight the NAS VM in the inventory pane and under the command pane click the "Add hardware" option and add a new disk 20GB in size, pre allocating all disk space (shown below)."

I added the 20 GB disk but my laptop got very slow and then I powered on the VM.
But I was not sure if I had done this correctly so I performed above step again. Both the times, my laptop had to be restarted as it hung up.

I was not able to check the VM and see if this disk was indeed added but from the host machine I could see 40 GB disappeared.

Now, I tried the next step.
"Power on the VM and and from the host machine login to the Freenas console using the URL http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the IP address assigned previously"

I powered on VM and in the host machine, I typed in http://10.10.10.2/ , but the message is "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage". In fact, I had give the same IP address as in "Enter the new LAN IP address" section of article. Not sure, if I am doing these steps correctly.

Please provide your suggestions.

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