SINGLE NODE CLUSTERING - WINDOWS SERVER 2003

I have been asked to setup a  Single Node Cluster.  What?  Yes. A single node cluster...please help.

I have been asked to build a server as a Single Node Cluster.

I have found cluadmin, and have found the option, create new cluster.  Options I have are
Cluster's Domain Name:                                  xxxxxxxxxxx
Cluster  Name, Unique in the Domain:            FFSQL10
First Computer:                                               EFXIXSQL10
IP Address:                                                     xxxxxxxxxxx
Domain User Account, Cluster Service Account:   xxxxxx\xxxxxxxxx

However, at the end of the wizard the following error/warnings are occuring.

--Comparing the networks in the cluster with the networks on the nodes...
--Checking that all nodes have access to the quorum resource...
>>>>>>Could not locate a sharable quorum resource and a local quorum cluster will be created
>>>>>>Status 0x0713de, The quorum disk could not be located by the cluster service.

What is a quorum resource?  What is a cluster service?  What is the point of a single node cluster as opposed to a two mode, active/passive or active/active node cluster?

Anybody can help, please do...I am confused.

Shall I proceed even though Status 0x0713de is displayed.
ActiveInfoSysAsked:
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oBdACommented:
I'd recommend to take some current machine with 2GB memory and some free harddisk space, install Virtual Server on it, and then create a proper two-node cluster as virtual machines. Installing a cluster is fully supported on VS, and you can test failover and everything else as if it were real.

Microsoft Virtual Server 2005
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/

Using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 to Create and Configure a Two-Node Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Cluster
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/virtualserver/deploy/cvs2005.mspx
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ActiveInfoSysAuthor Commented:
If I proceed I get the following:


Enter an IP address that cluster management tools will use to connect to the cluster.
IP Address:  10.x.x.x. Local IP

"Duplicate IP" warning.  The IP address that you have entered has been detected on the network.
This might cacuse the cluster name and IP address resources not to come online after the cluster is created.

Would you like to go back and change the IP Address?  
Not sure here.
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Racim BOUDJAKDJIDatabase Architect - Dba - Data ScientistCommented:
<<I have been asked to setup a  Single Node Cluster.  What?  Yes. A single node cluster...please help.>>
Somebody either made a joke at you or has no clue of what he is talking about.  There is no such thing as a single node cluster.  Maybe the person meant a single cluster with two machines (called nodes).

The following link may help...
http://www.sql-server-performance.com/articles/clustering/clustering_intro_p1.aspx
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ATIGCommented:
A quroun is where configuration information for the cluster is stored.

Typically you create a 500 mb disk - this must be a disk not partiton and when setting up the cluster it will automatically choose that

its standard to give that disk a drive letter of Q
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ActiveInfoSysAuthor Commented:
What about the ip address duplicate issue above?  Anybody know what to input for IP address.
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ATIGCommented:
You need
1 IP for host
1 IP EVS
2 IP Cluster ( one pub and one private the private)

have you validated all ips are not in use by somthing else?

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ActiveInfoSysAuthor Commented:
Are you saying I will need 3 IPs...then?

By the way, this is a single node cluster because it is for the testing environment and must mimick the Live Production Environment.
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ActiveInfoSysAuthor Commented:
Cool...Thanks oBdA...great tip and will do.

In the mean time, just one more question.

If I was not using a SAN, how do you create a sharable quorum resource share?  Or does this then by default create a local quorum cluster...and if so, what are the advantages/disadvantages with a local cluster share space?
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oBdACommented:
No SAN, no multi-node cluster.
The local quorum can only be used for a single-node "cluster", for testing purposes or whatever.
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ATIGCommented:
Just put it this way unless you are planning to add a node later to have a cluster, installing a single node cluster does nothing for you that not installing a cluster will do..

You might want to look at Exchange 2007 which gives you LCR or CCR to actually give you some redundancy
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ActiveInfoSysAuthor Commented:
Almost done now, but need to understand where to setup Resoucre Types for SQL:

SQL Server - SQSRVRES.dll

SQL Server Agent - SQAGTRES.dll
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ATIGCommented:
I think you need to change the category of the question for since this is setup a single node cluster :p

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