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How to add a physical disk to MS Win2k Cluster

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I am trying to figure out the steps to add several physical disks via the MS Win2k Advanced Server Cluster Administrator.
I inherited a cluster from an admin that left and know very little about the cluster stuff right now.
Basically our san administrator has added several disks for me to add to the cluster and I have gone into windows disk administrator to add them to the local server and assign drive letters.
I don't know what to do to add them as clustered resources..
Thanks for the help.
Fred Towery
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by:john1170
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To add drives on the shared storage bus


Unless your shared drive supports hot swapping, you must shut down and turn off all cluster nodes to add drives.
Turn on the first node, if it is not already on.
On the first node, use Computer Management to:
Write a signature to the new disk.
Make sure the disk is a basic disk and not a dynamic disk.
Format the drive as NTFS.
Partition the drive.

Assign drive letters to the partitions on the disk that do not conflict with any other local or clustered drive letters.

Label each partition to match its corresponding drive letter.
Create a Physical Disk resource on the cluster for the new disk.
For information on how to do this, see "How To create a new resource" below.

Bring the new resource online.
Right click bring online

Restart all remaining nodes if there offline.

"How To create a new resource"

Open Cluster Administrator.
In the console tree, double-click the Groups folder.
In the details pane, click the group to which you want the resource to belong.
On the File menu, point to New, and then click Resource.
In the New Resource Wizard, type the appropriate information in Name and Description, click the appropriate information in Resource type and Group, and then click Next.
Add or remove possible owners of the resource, and then click Next.
There are noe dependancys for a disk resource so you dont need to worry about that.

J
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i feel i answered the question fully with full explainations for all the examples
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