MS Clustering  - Assigning a quorum disk a configured drive

Posted on 2007-11-27
Last Modified: 2008-02-13
Hi Guys,

Sorry I need your help again. It's a MS Cluster issue whereby I'm running Cluster Administrator to configure the 1st node but it is not picking up the logical drive I have created on the 1st node. Basically I have configured a new partition, set it to use the Q drive (as recommended) and setup a AD account specifically with full permissions to the drive, yet when I run the CA I get a option for Quorum but I get the option of Local Quorum or Majority Quorum, but I cannot find anything which allows me to set the Q drive to act as the quorum drive. I've been looking at this for a couple of days and it's driving me mad. Any ideas on how I can fix this?

Apologies if I sound thick but this is the first time I have done this?


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is it a dynamic disk?

Look to those reuqirements:
Shared disks, including the quorum disk, must be physically attached to a shared bus. For more information on the quorum disk, see the sidebar “About the Quorum disk”.

SCSI devices must be properly terminated and assigned unique SCSI identification numbers. Follow the manufacturer’s configuration instructions.

All shared disks must be configured as basic disks. Windows 2000 Cluster Service does not support dynamic disks.

All partitions on the shared disk(s) must be formatted as NTFS.

Although fault-tolerant RAID is not required, it is strongly recommended for the local and shared disks.


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Basic disks are in place and all SCSI devices are attached correctly and I am using Windows 2003

I am also using RAID 5 for fault tolerance


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What hardware are you using as shared storage?
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Using 4x 146GB SAS disks configured for RAID 5

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In what? A fibre channel SAN based storage array box? A multi-initiator SAS box? Shared SCSI box?

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Just 4 internal SAS disks within the server itself

To configure MSCS do you need a SAN or can you use internal disks and configure a partition that way?
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Please read merowinger's list of requirements above... "Shared disks, including the quorum disk, must be physically attached to a shared bus."

You need a SAN or something similar to have disks shared between more than one system. Look into majority node set clustering instead.

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