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How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

Common Quorum method with Failover Clustering:

  • Node Majority – each node stored one quorum data,  it will sync with every node
  • No Majority (Disk Only) – quorum data stored on a share disk

System Requirement

1. Domain Controller + iSCSi target (Windows 2008)

  • DataPool.example.com – for Shared Disk Provider

2. Windows Server 2008 R2 * 3

  • WS1.example.com  – for Failover  Clustering
  • WS2.example.com  – for Failover  Clustering
  • WS3.example.com  – for Failover  Clustering

datapool.example.com have already setup a Windows domain: example.com and preparer two iSCSI target disk with following fingure:

  • QuorumDisk is used to store cluster quorum (200MB)
  • StorageDisk is used to store user data of File server (300MB)

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2


Configure iSCSI on Windows Server 2008

1.Logon to  WS1,  Open Administrative Tools and click iSCSI initiator, then may be prompt following message :

2. Click Yes to start the service

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

3. Select Discovery Tab, click Discover Portal…

4. Enter the iSCSI target IP address or DNS name and click OK

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

5. Go back Targets Tab, it will appear two share disk (QuorumDisk and StorageDisk )

6. Click Connect

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

7. By default click on automatically attempt to restore the connection when restart

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

8. Now,  Open Disk Management console, it may found two share disk.

9. Right Click Disk 1 and Disk 2, and  Click Online

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

10. Repeat step 1 to step 9 in PC WS2 and WS3.

11. iSCSI target status may display which host connected.

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

Installing and Configuring Failover Clustring feature

1. Open Server Manager, Right Click the Feature and click Add Feature

2. Select Failover Clustring, Click Next to start install

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

3. repeat step 1 and 2 in WS2 and WS3.

4.  Expand the Failover Cluster Manager, at the Actions panel , click Create a Cluster

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

5. Enter server name that you want to have in the cluster

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

6. Select No

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

7.  Enter a cluster name and enter ip address for this cluster , in my case: myCluster

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

8. Be default, the Quorum type is Node majority.

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

9. In my case , we want to change to No Majority (Disk Only),

10. Expand More Action, click Configure Cluster Quorum Settings…

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

11. Click No Majority (Disk Only) –  can sustain failure of all nodes

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

12.  Select a share disk to store Quorum data, Click Next to finish.

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

Installing  and Configuring File Server service with Failover Clustring

1. at the Service and application,  click Configure service or application…

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

2. Select File Server service

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

3.  Enter cluster name and IP address for this service

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

4. Select a share dis for store data and click Next to finish

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

5. Current Owner is random assigned for first time.

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

Testing the File Server

1. Change current owner to WS1

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

2.  Add a shared folder

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

3. Create folder

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

4. Click Yes

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

5. Click Next

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

6. Click Next

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

7. Click Next

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

8. Select a permission and click Next

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

9. Click Next

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

10. Click Next and Finish.

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

11. Created share folder may be appear in this panel

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

12.  remove LAN cable to test

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2

13.  Current Owner auto change to WS2,  it does not affect end user operation.

How to : Failover Cluster for Windows Server 2008 R2