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Single Server Cluster Win2k3

Hi All

I'm trying to build a test environment to test Windows Clustering, problem is I only have one server and no external drives. The server is a Compaq ML370, Smart array 3200 with 6 18.2GB drives. The controller is configured with 2 array's, the first array is RAID 1 (2 drives, C & D), the second is RAID 5 (4 drives, Q).

When I run cluster administrator I get the warning: The physical disk "Disk Q:" cannot be managed because it is on the same storage bus as the boot disk. and Could not locate a sharable quorum resource and a local quorum cluster will be created. The cluster wizard finishes and brings the group online but when I try to create a Physical Resource there are no drives available to choose from.

Any help would be greatly appriciated

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It's pretty much explaining the problem - You can't have the shared cluster disk on the same controller as the system drives.  If you're trying to build a test environment, get an IDE or SCSI drive and install the OS on that on a different controller - forget about RAIDing it - there's no need - it's a test server.  Then use your RAID controller as the controller for the clustered disks.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Once you get a shareable disk, the quorum issue will go away - you'll be able to put Quorum on the shareable disk and be fine.

(I've managed to build a cluster using a couple low end systems and a 2 Adaptec 2910 SCSI cards with an external highly generic storage array - all I needed to do was make sure I changed the card ID on one of the cards so there wasn't an ID conflict on the SCSI bus - NO, it's not a supported config, but for testing clustering and learning it, it worked fine.  
try to run your cluster nodes on vmware or virtual pc.
The best solution to test this is the use of MS Virtual Server; installing a two-node cluster is fully supported (yes, it works fine). All you need is a W2k3 machine with at least 1GB of RAM. An evaluation kit is available:
Microsoft Virtual Server 2005

The next best solution, if you want to test this is on a single server, is to use the "Majority Node Set" (new in W2k3) for your cluster resource.

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
For Your SAN use iSCSI  Turn one of disk drive into iSCSI Target

Works fine with cluster

microsoft has a client software a company called  string bean has the tartget softare the has a demo

The stuff work great  

taske with the microsoft virturl server you have a good test bed on single computer for cluster.


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