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Configuring File Server Clustering in Windows 2008

I want to configure File Server Clustering in Windows 2008 Server. I m working on VIrtual Server 2005. I have crated one Windows 2008 Ent. server as a DC, then joined two Windows 2008 Ent. servers as member server in the domain. Added one SCSI adapter with Shared Drive enabled in each member server. Than attached one 512MB HDD to each SCSI adaptor. Both if the member servers are able to see Quorum drive. but while running Configuration Validation Check it says test failed. In report under All disks it says that "Disk bus type does not support clustering".

Pls help me in configuring clustering
Microsoft Legacy OSMicrosoft Server OSWindows Server 2008

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Mikey_TT

8/22/2022 - Mon
mukulag

As per MS

" Virtual Server 2005 supports only a two-node failover server cluster, where one virtual machine can fail over to another virtual machine.  
" The shared storage volume for the server cluster must be a fixed-size virtual hard disk (.vhd).
" The shared virtual hard disk cannot have the Undo feature enabled.  
" Both virtual machine cluster nodes must be configured on the same physical computer.  
" You must format the shared storage volume with the NTFS file system to support a server cluster.  
" Virtual Server 2005 clustering is only supported on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition.  

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/840192
mukulag

Also

Support for parallel-SCSI as a shared bus type has been DROPPED for Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008.  Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is the next evolution of parallel-SCSI and will be replacing it as a simple low cost cluster solution.

For creating clusters in virtual environments you can use the iSCSI Software Initiator to connect to external shared storage.  This could a a real physical hardware target, or a software based target for simple test clusters.  There are several that have Win2008 Failover Cluster support today, like the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target available in Storage Server or StarWind is a 3rd party solution.

Mikey_TT

The SCSI disks are not support for failover clustering in Win2k8. iSCSI, SAS and FC are only supported.

I've read somewhere that you can use something like Starwind to act as an iSCSI target if you go that route.

This web address has a good walkthrough guide, although it's Hyper-V not Virtual Server. There is another link at the bottom that walks through a full 2 node file cluster.

Cheers

Mike...
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ranjit_sb

If i want to do a Cluster LAB in Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP-1, how should i proceed forward?
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ranjit_sb

Hi Mike,

Can u pls let me know the way i can accomplish Virtual Lab for clustering.

Thanks
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