Lenovo Cloud Configuration Guide for Microsoft Hyper-V on Flex SystemPlanning / Implementation

23 May 2016
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Hyper-V Fast Track (HVFT) for Windows Server 2012 R2 on Lenovo Flex System™ is a pre-tested solution from Lenovo® that improves time-to-value for your private cloud virtualization needs. This paper describes a validated HVFT solution that uses Flex System compute nodes and switching environment with NetApp FAS storage to support the virtualization needs of small-to-medium sized businesses. This configuration provides a highly available fault tolerant solution to support up to 500 virtual machines with the ability to scale up as future demands require.

The design focuses on removing the complexity and uncertainty of deploying and managing a Hyper-V based virtualization environment. The use of a converged Flex System configuration with FCoE helps minimize the number of switches and cables that are needed in a typical environment. Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 with the Lenovo XClarity Upward Integration Modules by Lenovo provide the management environment to monitor and maintain the virtual infrastructure.

This reference configuration architecture and implementation guide targets organizations that are implementing Hyper-V and IT engineers who are familiar with the hardware and software that make up the Lenovo Private Cloud Architecture with Microsoft Hyper-V. Comprehensive experience with the Lenovo Flex System and NetApp FAS technologies is recommended. Also, the Lenovo System x® sales teams and their customers evaluating or pursuing Hyper-V virtualization solutions can benefit from this previously validated configuration.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Lenovo Flex System solution for Microsoft Hyper-V
Chapter 2. Racking and power distribution considerations
Chapter 3. Components
Chapter 4. Networking and VLANs
Chapter 5. NetApp Storage System
Chapter 6. Flex System x240 M5 Management Fabric Setup
Chapter 7. Setting up and configuring System Center 2012 R2
Chapter 8. Flex System x240 M5 Compute Node setup
Chapter 9. Summary
Appendix A. Appendices

Change History

Changes in the May 23 update:

  • Updated the bill of materials to include x240 M5 Compute Nodes with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 series processors

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