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Server 2012 r2 failover cluster add storage disk fails

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I am working on 2012 r2 virtual servers sitting in a vmware environment. Dell compellent boxes are my storage.  This is my first attempt to setup a failover cluster and I think I have the concept down for what I want to do... but when I attempt to add storage disks to my cluster they come up in a failed state. The following error is what I get.

event 1069 : Cluster resource 'Cluster Disk1' of type 'Physical Disk' in clustered role 'Available Storage' failed. The error code was  '0x1'("incorrect function.")

I am creating the data stores in my storage center then attaching them to the VM's via vSphere. Bringing them into disk management, formatting them then adding to the failover cluster. They come online and format fine within disk management but fail when adding to the failover cluster. I am connecting the SAN LUN's as local storage I'm not sure if that is my problem.

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1. Assign access to LUNs for both servers.
2. Connect both VM servers to disks.
3. Then run the Failover Cluster Wizard.

this will check and verify all settings, and if all is well, it will ask to create the cluster.
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the storage should already be present, and tested by the Wizard ?

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by Wizard are you referring to "validate cluster" The instructions that I have found state to validate the cluster then add the storage. I validate, then add.. the disks come up failed. If i add them to the cluster before validating, they are in a failed state and the validation will not consider them for use in the cluster.
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We always assign all storage to the hosts, run the validation with all storage attached to hosts, run wizard, wizard tests all as good, and then it states, do you want to add storage, we say yes.

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Okay yes sorry I've run through this several times at this point, So yes I attached storage to the VM's ran validation, all was well so I kicked off the create cluster wizard, again all was well so I choose to add storage. When adding the storage the disks immediately bomb out as failed.
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Assume, Validation completes correctly.

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I just ran the validation again with the disk attached to the VM but not added to the cluster. The validation is failing stating that no valid storage present. How do you attach the storage to your VM's? local storage? ISCSI? etc..
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iSCSI
Is the iSCSI initiator setup on each node?

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/arvindsh/archive/2012/05/29/no-disks-suitable-for-cluster-disks-one-more-possible-cause.aspx

Also, the disk you are adding to the cluster is a basic disk and not a dynamic disk correct.

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check the related below KB article.

"Local SAS Disks Getting Added in Windows Server 2012 Failover Cluster "

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2813005

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Thanks for the comments, After thinking about it I would really prefer to present the disks as Local SAS. Jaihunt, I read that article previous to posting this question, as far as I can tell the workaround that is provided really doesn't provide a solution.
What it is describing is what i want to do though. I am trying to create a multi-site cluster where there really isn't common shared storage.
I did not realize you were tring to setup a multi-site cluster.

Are you using a node and file share majority setup. I am familiar with the Dell / Compellent storage are you replicating your SAN volumes between sites?

Have you read the follow blog on multi-site cluster best practics:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/meamcs/archive/2013/11/09/microsoft-windows-multi-site-failover-cluster-best-practices.aspx

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We were able to resolve the issue.
care to share the solution to your issue? we are facing the same problem. VM local disk can't be online in available storage for 2012 cluster
I am having quite similar issues, where the local disks show up, but then won't come online... what did you do to solve the issue?

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I will have to review my notes on how I finally achieved it, but look at  Raw Device Mapping. this allowed me to bring them up in the cluster. Let me know if this helps.

https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-55/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.storage.doc%2FGUID-9E206B41-4B2D-48F0-85A3-B8715D78E846.html

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