active/active file share cluster with Windows server 2012?

Posted on 2013-09-05
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2014-07-11
I have two identical windows 2012 physical servers with 16TB each via DAS drives. Is it possible to setup an active/active file server cluster with my two machines?

Question by:Wangstaa
LVL 126
ID: 39468179
Possibly, if both your servers are connected to the DAS drive?

1. Add Failover Clustering Role to both nodes.
2. Run the Failover Cluster verification wizard.
3. Create a Failover Cluster.
4. Add Storage as a Disk Resource.
5. Add the Disk Resource as a Clustered Shared Volume

this will then be available to both hosts concurrently.

Author Comment

ID: 39468460
Both servers are connected to the same DAS drive, however DAS drive is running in split mode so the storage is independent of each other.
LVL 126
ID: 39468503
Both servers need to be mounted to save storage path.
Has Powershell sent you back into the Stone Age?

If managing Active Directory using Windows Powershell® is making you feel like you stepped back in time, you are not alone.  For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why.


Author Comment

ID: 39468515
I am sorry can you elaborate on that?
LVL 126
ID: 39468527
Reconfigure your DAS so its not split.

Author Comment

ID: 39468564
it's not capable of connecting to two physical servers if it is not in split mode.
LVL 126

Accepted Solution

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1500 total points
ID: 39468629
Both servers have to access shared storage.

The DAS is not in shared storage mode unless you can change so each server can detect both sets of storage

Also the DAS has to support scsi3 persistent reservations

Run the fail over cluster wizard it will verify if you can build a cluster by checking conditions
 Its likelybto fail unless you have shared storage

Author Comment

ID: 39468636
Can I do it with NAS drives?
LVL 126
ID: 39468745
NAS are already providing shares.

Active Active is provided by servers connected to shared storage

Eg DAS or iSCSI or FC
LVL 56

Expert Comment

ID: 39469481
I can't see how a failover cluster is active/active. It's true that both servers can access the volume with CSV but aren't they limited to "sharing" it in such situations where Hyper-V VMs are on it which are fixed size and don't move about on the disk so they can't overwrite each other? Admittedly you can modify the size of VMs but it's the CSV owner which does that and there's only one of them.

Normal active/active filesharing is setup using DFS replication rather than clustering.

Expert Comment

ID: 40190603
The way I understand Active/Active Microsoft clustering, it is more or less active/passive with multiple nodes sharing multiple resources. i.e. (NodeA hosting DiskX and NodeB, hosting disk Y , and NodeC hosting DiskZ etc.) N-1 nodes can still handle all of the disks so if one node fails the others can grab the resource and continue on.  The disks are all shared like with a san.  All nodes are active but only one node at a time has any given resource.
Hyper-v active clusters are an exception to this design where all nodes see all disks, though only one host node will access any given vm's disk resources at a time, and makes the Hyper-v scenario's effective results similar to the example above.

Featured Post

Simplify Active Directory Administration

Administration of Active Directory does not have to be hard.  Too often what should be a simple task is made more difficult than it needs to be.The solution?  Hyena from SystemTools Software.  With ease-of-use as well as powerful importing and bulk updating capabilities.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

I’m willing to make a bet that your organization stores sensitive data in your Windows File Servers; files and folders that you really don’t want making it into the wrong hands.
What is the biggest problem in managing an exchange environment today? It is the lack of backups, disaster recovery (DR) plan, testing of the DR plan or believing that it won’t happen to us.
This tutorial will walk an individual through locating and launching the BEUtility application to properly change the service account username and\or password in situation where it may be necessary or where the password has been inadvertently change…
This course is ideal for IT System Administrators working with VMware vSphere and its associated products in their company infrastructure. This course teaches you how to install and maintain this virtualization technology to store data, prevent vuln…
Suggested Courses

600 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question