I need some guidelines concerning the setup of a cluster on 2 servers. The main purpose is to create an sql failover cluster in the end. At the moment i am testing this and i have lot of time in order to make this work. So i ll try to point out what i have done so far, hoping that you will tell me what extra thigns i need to do :)
I have created 2 Vmware servers with 3 physicak disks on each one. The first one is the local where i have installed the O/S (win 2003 enterprise edition). The 2nd one i called it Quorum and the 3rd Data. I also added 2 network cards. 1 for the public network and 1 for the private (heartbeat). For shared storage i have a network disk that i could use.
So far i setup the 2 servers with their IPs (public and private). Their names are SQLN1 and SQLN2.
Then i opened cluster administration from admin tools and i tried to ceate the cluster. In this step i faced the first problem. When i add the first node (2nd node is offline) on cluster setup i get a warning that says " Could not locate a sharable quorum resource and a local quorum cluster will be created". If i ignore this and i continue in order to add the 2nd node, the 2nd node will fail to be added to the cluster.
I fail also to understand clearly what is the purpose of the quorum. Is it supposed to be a sharable drive that both servers see, or it is a local drive for each server that is used only for the clustering?
Thanx in advance for any help.