Windows Clustering - Can a cluster be created that does NOT depend on Active Directory?

Posted on 2014-01-14
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Can a Microsoft Windows cluster be created using standalone member servers?  

I have only ever created clusters within a specific Active Directory, but a failover cluster that I had to work on today had ALL domain controllers living on Hyper-V VM's...and the entire cluster went down when the SAN controller crashed.

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Cliff Galiher earned 2000 total points
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As listed in the system requirements, Active Directory is required:


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We have moved the domain controller for this particular environment onto local storage on one cluster node....to get this environment back up, we had to:  

- Connect a laptop to the SAN and extract the VHD's of a DC
- Create a new VM on local storage using the existing VHD's
- Re-address the VM as it was before (without the VM config files, the "hardware" changed and the server thought it had a new NIC).

What do you think of the local cluster node as a DC?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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I'd need to know a lot more about the underlying topology before I could make any statement either direction. Not really a topic that could be covered in the scope of an EE question.
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by:Seth Simmons
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domain controllers as cluster nodes are not recommended prior to Windows 2012 and not supported at all in 2012

How to use Windows Server cluster nodes as domain controllers

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