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Cannot Bring Shared Quorum Disk Online during cluster creation?

Posted on 2004-09-22
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I'm having a problem with my Server 2003 Cluster.

I'm clustering using 2 Dell Poweredge 2650s and a Dell PowerVault 220s with Server 2003 Enterprise on both.  I've got an Adaptec 2120S SCSI Raid adapter in each machine.

I've tried this with the switch on the PowerVault set to Shared AND with the switch set to Clustered mode.  The New Cluster wizard detects the drives as a shared quorum resource, and procedes without issue, but at the end when it tried to bring the resources online, it refuses to bring up my quorum disk (Disk Q:) and my data disk (Disk R:).

The error I get is 0x80004005 Unspecified Error.  

With text like:

Resource 'Disk Q' Failed.  Dependencies may fail too. See event viewer for more information.


In the event viewer, I get the following:

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      ClusSvc
Event Category:      Failover Mgr
Event ID:      1069
Date:            9/22/2004
Time:            11:20:28 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      BS-NODE1
Description:
Cluster resource 'Disk Q:' in Resource Group 'Cluster Group' failed.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.



I've been over this 100 times, and am following the "Guide to Creating and Configuring a Server Cluster in Windows Server 2003" guide from microsoft.

This happens during the step where networking has been set up, node 2 is off, and node 1 is being configured for clustering.

Can anyone help with this?

Thanks!
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Since you've followed the guide, I assume you've already verified that you can access the shared disk from both nodes?
Is your other node completely turned off, or do you have it waiting at the BIOS setup or the Windows boot menu? If it's completely turned off, this might be a termination problem on the shared bus; try to let it boot until the boot menu and stop it there (best way is to install the recovery console, but you can simply copy the default entry in boot.ini). While you're at it, set the timeout on the first node to 15 seconds, on the other to (at least) 90; that makes sure your servers don't boot at the same time (this has nothing to do with your current problem, but needs to be done anyway).
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Yes, I can access the shared disk from both nodes.

The other node has been completely turned off.  I just tried it with the other node on in the boot menu.  Still no results.

The disk can be accessed from each node without issue.  I've written files to the disk from both machines.  For some reason, the cluster administrator won't "bring online" the physical disk.  They're basic MBR disks, not dynamic.  They're formatted NTFS, I labeled them DRIVE Q and DRIVE R respectively, like the document suggests.


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Are the SCSI controllers dedicated to the cluster drives, or are you booting from them as well?
Then this might help in troubleshooting:

How to Analyze the Cluster Configuration Log Files
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=295648
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I think I have the solution to this problem.  You need to change your raid controller to cluster Mode.

Boot into the RAID BIOS of your card and see if you can enable the cluster Mode of the raid card.

I had the same problem using two Dell 2650 Machines with a Powervault 220S

I have 5- 73GB drives in a raid 5 with 4GB as a QUORUM (Q) and the rest for DATA

After installing cluster got the same message.  Did a search came up with your problem but no answers.  Went to Dell Website and saw a description of enabling the RAID controller to cluster mode.   I have my enclosure on the joined Bus Mode.  I am using a PERC 4DI Raid Controller and I can now see the drives and the cluster is not failing.  I can also see the drives as a raid 5 array using the openmanage array manager.
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