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Clustered Shared Drives Disappearing

Hi All,

I am not sure whether this question should be posted here or somewhere else.

I have two Windows 2000 Adv. Server Servers, running SP4.  We are trying to load Cluster Services onto the Servers and attached shared storage.  The shared storage is on a Compaq Smart Arry with four volumes.

Before I load cluster services, everything is fine.  I can see all the drives in Disk Management, I can see them in My Computer; everything is fine on both machines.

I load the cluster services on Node A, no problem installs just fine, starts up just fine, I create the Cluster Groups I need, set the resources I need, everything is still fine.  I load Cluster Services on Node B, everything is good, joins the cluster fine.

Problem is that Node B can't see the shared drives anymore.  Also if I reboot Node A, neither of the boxes can see the shared drives anymore.  I believe this has something to do with Compaq drive array being a "single use" drive array.  Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions?

Skal!
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oBdACommented:
That's normal behaviour. The "drives" on the shared storage are resources, and they can only be seen by the node owning the resources.
Here's a step-by-step guide, explaining (among other things) in detail how to setup the shared disks correctly before and during installation of the cluster services.
Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Cluster Service
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/planning/server/clustersteps.asp
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ciooalCEOAuthor Commented:
Ok let me make the question a little simplier.

How long should it take for the drives to be available to the "Owner?"

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oBdACommented:
Nearly immediately. I'd suggest you remove the cluster service again and follow the step-by-step guide when reinstalling it again; that should make sure your setup works correctly (it did it for me with a test environment with an external SCSI drive on a shared bus...).
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ciooalCEOAuthor Commented:
The install was performed exactly as the step-by-step instructions state... I wonder if it is a SCSI timeout issue on the drive-array?
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jdeclueCommented:
Are you using SCSI cables (a Y interface) or Fiber channel with a fiber channel switch?
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jdeclueCommented:
p.s. does not seem like a timout issue. Looks like the systems are both attempting to access the all the drives or the quorum device at the same time.
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ciooalCEOAuthor Commented:
Don't ask about how this config ended up... but here it is.

Two Del 2650's with internal RAID controllers controlling 4 36 GB drives divided into two RAID 1 36 GB Arrays.

Then a Compaq Smart Array Controller 532 in each is connected to the Compaq Smart Array from each of the Servers.  There are separate Smart Array controllers in the Smart Array.

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jdeclueCommented:
I have too go off to a customers site... if you are still having issues I will check the thread tomorrow morning. With this configuration you would have to use a SCSI Y cable.
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ciooalCEOAuthor Commented:
Actually... the problem was with the cluster config.  The preferred servers were set wrong.  I also decreased the failover tolerance and it fails over relatively quickly and then back when the primary comes back online.

Thanks for the assistance.
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jdeclueCommented:
Sorry I was off there, I admit I havent set up a non fiber channel cluster in a while, that is why I got stuck on the SCSI issue. I am glad you found the issue, good catch. ;)

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jdeclueCommented:
ciooal, if you do not have any more questions, would you mind closing your request? Thank you.

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moduloCommented:
PAQed, with points refunded (500)

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