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Chicken or the egg.  We have 2 x64 Windows Server 2003 servers we are planning on setting up in an Active/Passive mode for use with oracle.  
I want to determine the proper setup path.  The database will be housed on a Dell md3000i SAN.
We have the setup right as far as comms go, but the main question is do I setup the Windows Cluster first before setting up the disk in Windows or do I need to make sure that both servers can see the disk before setting up the server cluster?
My biggest concern is that if the active server fails that the passive will not see the disk from the md3000i.
This is my first visit to clustering and SANs so any help would be very helpful.
 
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1) Set up the Microsoft Cluster
2) Connect the SAN disk to the active node, create a partition, format, assign the letter, etc
3) Shut down the active node
4) Connect the SAN disk to the passive node, assign the same letter as above
5) Add the drive letter as a clustered resource in the Cluster Administrator
6) Bring up the active node - the resource should shutdown on the passive node and come up on the active node
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Just to confirm though, because it is a shared resource through the Cluster, if the active node goes offline then it will be available via the passive (backup server)?  
If the above is true, does anything have to happen (rebbot, change in Cluster Admin, etc) to force this or will it be automatic?

Thanks for the quick response.
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It will be automatic as long as the drive letter is defined as a cluster resource in the cluster admin console and both servers have the drive defined.
Once this is configured, it is easily tested before you proceed with Oracle install.
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All right, thanks for the help and full points to you.
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Thanks for the quick response and the clear and very easy to understand instructions.  
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