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2003 Cluster in a Lab

I am trying to build a Win 2003 EE test server cluster.

I have downloaded a doc:

"Guide to creating and configuring a server cluster under Windows Server 2003"


I have tried to build the two node cluster but I have had errors, I believe it to be with the
Quorum Disk.

I have now set up my lab to do the four node cluster.

All four PC's are indentical, with internal 80Gig harddrives, each has a on-board nic and a PCI nic.
I dont have any external storage.

Do I have to have external storage?

If not, do I need to add another harddrive to the first node for the Quorum disk?

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Short version: No shared disk, no cluster. And, no, this can not be a mapped drive on another machine, this needs to be a drive that is physically accessible from both machines. So you definitely need external storage. If this is just for testing, you could even use a shared SCSI drive to setup your quorum; cheap, but really only good for testing. With four nodes, you need some fibre channel storage.
For testing, you can use Microsoft Virtual Server (the RC is out); this allows you to generate a two-node cluster of virtual machines.
Microsoft Virtual Server 2005
CMILLERAuthor Commented:

Can you tell me more on what I would need on the SCSI drive?

I will ask another question, in the same area for the SCSI question.

Busted. Sorry, my information was somewhat out of date. Server 2003 has a new feature named "Majority Node Set" which should allow you to run a cluster without a shared disk for quroum (all the stuff you learn from answering questions ...). I've only worked with the "real thing" yet, so I can only offer some articles, but no first-hand insights.

Available Features in Windows Server 2003 Clusters

Quorum Drive Configuration Information

Network-Attached Storage and Server Cluster Support

TechNet Support WebCast: Majority Node Set support in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 clusters

Cluster Service Startup Options
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