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I have setup VMWare on an X440. 3 Nic cards are on that X440. I created 4 Virtual Machines. 2 with windows 2000 Advanced Server and 2 with Windows 2003 Enterprise. The 2 virtual machines with 2003 Enterprise and configured for SQL. I created the cluster on the SQL01 VM. Now when I try to add the SQL02 VM as a node to my cluster, it keeps on telling me that there is only one network card. But in the VMWare console, I specified 2 different Virtual nics. One to each of the 2 servers. What might I be doing wrong ?

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Clusters typically need TWO network cards EACH - one for data, the other for heartbeat/cluster communication
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I do have 2 nic cards in the system. One is defined as vmnic01 and the other is defined as vmnic02. Wich after, I've assigned the 2 deferent virtual cards for those 2 Virtual System.
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So each Virtual Machine running Windows sees TWO network crads?
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Actually, no, they see only one card on each. I installed the vmware tools on each virtual machine. Then, is there a way to install a second virtual card ?
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There should be - but I haven't used VMWare in a while.  Usually using Virtual PC.  The Windows servers you want clustered MUST see two NICs for the cluster to communicate on.
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Ok, I see on the vmware side cause I think that is my problem. Thanks for your help!
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