I always wanted to have my own VCS cluster LAB where I could do my RnD. Which is generally not possible in the production setup (off course !). So I decided to build this awesome home LAB with VMWare workstation on my laptop.
Dell Laptop ( Model N4010 ) with 8 GB memory and i5 processor
1. SFHA 5.1 suit from Symantec (trial version)
2. Solaris 10 Update 10 iso
3. VMware workstation (you can also use virtual box)
4. Openfiler (for shared storage)
The setup looks like :
We need 3 virtual machines to be configured in VMware workstation. 2 for the cluster nodes and 1 for the openfiler OS. We will be using iscsi storage from openfiler as the coordinator (fencing) disks. The two cluster nodes VMs will have 4 NIC cards :
- Two for LLT interconnects [ host-only networks in VMware Workstation] - One for the OS (192.168.1.0 network) [ Custom network in VMware workstation ] - One for connecting to the openfiler (10.10.10.0 network) [ Custom network in VMware workstation ]
Lets get started with first installing and configuring the 2 Solaris 10 Virtual Machines and later on openfiler virtual machine.
VCS cluster 5.1 LAB using VMware workstation : Installing solaris
VCS cluster 5.1 LAB using VMware workstation : Installing openfiler
VCS cluster 5.1 LAB using VMware workstation : Configuring openfiler
VCS cluster 5.1 LAB using VMware workstation : Installing VCS