Windows 2008 R2 RC clustering setup a cluster


For a demo I did setup a windows 2008 R2 RC x64 server with HV. Because the demo hardware was not on the FCCP list. It takes more time to setup the server. So a Hint use hardware that is on the FCCP list !.

So I used a x64 OS and still I hate this the drivers is always an issue , even a 3com nic won’t run these cards where very popular but no driver. so I was looking for some other elcheapo nics but almost every nic is not supported with x64 software. Why !!

If the industry want us to use x64 software just make sure that there are drivers for x64, and not the crapy once.

So In this senario I used the rocketdivision software for ISCSI. This week you can also use the windows 2008 Storage server with the microsoft ISCSI target software. You can also download the ISCSI software from teched but remember it runs only on storage server.

It is a MSI file so maybe you can adjust it so that it runs on other servers, not that I tried this 😉

Ok my POC config.

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So first we start the validate configuration.

So fill in the node names as I added the second node, and as you can see the wizzard tells me that the failover services is not installed

I installed the feature on the second node and rerun the wizzard

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As you can see the node1 and node2 are added.

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The validation configuration wizzard is success full

Now that We know that I can make a cluster , we added some disk to the nodes.

one disk as Witness disk and one for data

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On node the was no mpio installed so I did this to, remember node1 and node2 needs to be the same if you want to use the services in a cluster


Now We create cluster

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Now that the cluster is in place and you want to remove the cluster is can be done with powershell quick and easy.

Now we do it by powershell

cluster /destroy /cleanup


The mmc is not refreshing

So what we didn’t do is configuring the cluster network .

So I do not want that my iscsi nic is doing clustering.

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The one thing I hate after the wizzard is to reconfigure the quorum disk.

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Now the cluster is in place

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 Linkedin Profile Http:// 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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