I'm having a problem adding a "quorum" drive to my Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Ed. cluster. This is my first attempt at clustering in Windows Server (of any version).
To point, I can install Microsoft Server Clustering Services (MSCS) on the first node, however it throws warning flags at the end for the Quorum and the only option I have is to select "local quorum". However, according to Microsoft this will only let you have a 1-node cluster...which I don't see the point of.
I've found several areas stating how to do this in VMWare 6.5, however I don't seem to be able to get them set up. In fact, I have followed this individual's directions exactly...and they are pretty much the same as every other set of directions that I've found on the net.
Here is the link: http://mylab4clustering.blog.co.in/2008/02/15/2003-vmware-workstation65/
A quick recap of that link, tells me to create a new virtual drive on the first node (in his example, CLUSTER01), make it independent/persistent, and then close the VM, edit the .vmx file and add some text in (to which he has a screenshot for).
However, try as I might, i can NOT get any of this to work.
The best result that I've gotten so far, is that node 1 can access the "Q" drive (the Quorum), write a file to it, and save it....but on the second node can't view it or do anything on the disk. I thought that would mean that the disk was locked but it's not (it's set to false in the .vmx file). And since it doesn't see it as "shared storage", it will not allow me the option of choosing that as the Quorum (both nodes just treat it like a normal disk).
Any ideas? I've been building and rebuilding these VMs for about a week and a half now, and I would greatly appreciate any help that someone could give. I'm trying to create a testing lab baseline, so that i can store it off on my NAS and copy it to whichever machine i might be on when i need to test something.
In this particular case, I will have a DC, Sharepoint 2007 farm with 2 servers, a web front end, and a set of clustered SQL 2005 servers. I've never set anything like this up before, which is why i'm stuck on the clustering part within VMWare.