Virtual File Server on Hyper-V

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    Currently I have two servers clustered together as a file server, connected via iscsi to various shared volumes. Fairly traditional setup, Server 2008 R2.

    One thing that always bugs me with this setup is that client connections get dropped during a failover.

    I know there are changes in 2012 R2/Windows 8 with SMB 3.0 that stop these drops from occuring but we’re not likely to upgrade from Windows 7 anytime soon.

    So I am looing at creating a virtual file server, on Hyper-V (Server 2012 R2) cluster.

    Firsly – If this virtual file server was failed over to the other node in the cluster, would the connections still be dropped as with the traditional cluster setup?

    Secondly – Is there any real benefit from virtualising a windows file server compared to a 2 node physical cluster (assuming same servers and storage used in either situation)

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