Windows 2008 Clustering HOW TO Do this Part 1

 

How setup a Windows 2008 cluster, First you have to add a new feature. Go Server Manager Add Features.

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We select failover clustering and if there is something worng you can get a nice screen.

image  Now that we did the windows feature addon we can start with the real configuration

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Start the wizzard and select the first cluster node, the server needs the netbios name and auto resolve it to FQDN.

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Always do the test  you can easy see if there is a problem with your clustre configuration, if you don’t want to run all the test you can make a selection.

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I did run all the tests and as you can see it ends with a nice report.

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Now the test is success full we can start to create the first node.

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Give a cluster Netbios name this is the name that holds the cluster resources, and it needs a IP ( check the DNS ! )

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Now that the first node is created we start to put the second node in place

 

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The Same steps for the second node , run the tests and get a report

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As you can see in the steps there is no Quorum drive , this is not needed anymore ;-). In the next sessions I will dive deep in the cluster management and advanced config.

Author: Robert Smit [MVP]

Robert Smit is Senior Technical Evangelist and is a current Microsoft MVP in Clustering as of 2009. Robert has over 20 years experience in IT with experience in the educational, health-care and finance industries. Robert’s past IT experience in the trenches of IT gives him the knowledge and insight that allows him to communicate effectively with IT professionals who are trying to address real concerns around business continuity, disaster recovery and regulatory compliance issues. Robert holds the following certifications: MCT - Microsoft Certified Trainer, MCTS - Windows Server Virtualization, MCSE, MCSA and MCPS. He is an active participant in the Microsoft newsgroup community and is currently focused on Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, SQL Server, Azure and all things related to Cloud Computing and Infrastructure Optimalization. Follow Robert on Twitter @ClusterMVP Or follow his blog https://robertsmit.wordpress.com Linkedin Profile Http://nl.linkedin.com/in/robertsmit Robert is also capable of transferring his knowledge to others which is a rare feature in the field of IT. He makes a point of not only solving issues but also of giving on the job training of his colleagues. A customer says " Robert has been a big influence on our technical staff and I have to come to know him as a brilliant specialist concerning Microsoft Products. He was Capable with his in-depth knowledge of Microsoft products to troubleshoot problems and develop our infrastructure to a higher level. I would certainly hire him again in the future. " Details of the Recommendation: "I have been coordinating with Robert implementing a very complex system. Although he was primarily a Microsoft infrastructure specialist; he was able to understand and debug .Net based complext Windows applications and websites. His input to improve performance of applications proved very helpful for the success of our project

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