There are some reports on the newsgroups of storage validation failures after upgrading 3+ node clusters to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. It seems Microsoft is aware of the issue and they are investigating. I have been following this thread to keep up to date on the issue
You might want to wait for some sort of resolution before you apply SP1 to your clusters.
Now that Starwind has stopped offering a free, limited version of their iSCSI target software you might be looking for an alternative for your labs. Microsoft has recently made their iSCSI target software available as part of the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 download on Tech-Net and MSDN. It is not for use in production and has some of its own licensing restrictions, but it works fine and it is free for Tech-Net and MSDN subscribers.
I recorded some really quick and dirty videos that aim to show you how to configure the iSCSI target and iSCSI initiator software in under 7 minutes. At the end, you will have a shared disk array ready to start your shared storage cluster. Hopefully when I get some more time I’ll actually write these steps out, but in a pinch this will give you the general idea of what needs to be done. There are plenty of other features, but for a lab environment this will do the trick.
http://screencast.com/t/2qUUDvZo6Zka – configuring the iSCSI target software and iSCSI initiator on the client
http://screencast.com/t/7m9ElSIdAbP – configuring the iSCSI initiator….continued
If you are in the Columbia, SC area this Saturday come check out SQL Saturday #70. There are plenty of great speakers, but yet somehow I also got invited to speak! J
Making sense of SQL Server availability options
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