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Want to know what happens if your virtualization platform uses native OS clustering technologies to provide highly-available virtual machines? You become an unwitting cluster administrator. I’m referring to MSCS-style clustering, now known as Failover Clustering. You know, one VM per LUN stuff.
Take a look at this Google query:
If you have ever administered a clustered service, like MS SQL Server, you learned quickly not to manage it with the native service control tools — either by reading the documentation or the hard way. The same goes for virtual machines that are cluster resources: Shut them down the wrong way and they will be dutifully restarted by the cluster service. This is because the cluster sees such a shutdown as a failure.
For folks visiting VCritical in search of such a solution, here is your tip: do not shut down your guest OS via the Start menu. Oh, and don’t use Hyper-V Manager, either. Try the other single panes of glass.