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I have two nodes which are VM's in a windows 2012 failover cluster.  The SQL server software is installed on the E and F drives of both the nodes which  appear offline in disk management and also have a status of reserved.  I can see both nodes in file and storage services where the C drive for each node (MBR) is online but all the other drives (GPT) are offline.  How do I make these offline drives appear online?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Did you validate the cluster? Were there any shared storage issues?
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by:Gary Harper
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I saw these types of errors.  Anything specific you are looking for?

Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 1.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Offline'. The functionality that this resource provides is not available while it is in the offline state. The resource may be put in this state by an administrator or program. It may also be a newly created resource which has not been put in the online state or the resource may be dependent on a resource that is not online. Resources can be brought online by choosing the 'Bring this resource online' action in Failover Cluster Manager.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 10.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Offline'. The functionality that this resource provides is not available while it is in the offline state. The resource may be put in this state by an administrator or program. It may also be a newly created resource which has not been put in the online state or the resource may be dependent on a resource that is not online. Resources can be brought online by choosing the 'Bring this resource online' action in Failover Cluster Manager.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 11.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Offline'. The functionality that this resource provides is not available while it is in the offline state. The resource may be put in this state by an administrator or program. It may also be a newly created resource which has not been put in the online state or the resource may be dependent on a resource that is not online. Resources can be brought online by choosing the 'Bring this resource online' action in Failover Cluster Manager.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 12.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Offline'. The functionality that this resource provides is not available while it is in the offline state. The resource may be put in this state by an administrator or program. It may also be a newly created resource which has not been put in the online state or the resource may be dependent on a resource that is not online. Resources can be brought online by choosing the 'Bring this resource online' action in Failover Cluster Manager.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 13.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Offline'. The functionality that this resource provides is not available while it is in the offline state. The resource may be put in this state by an administrator or program. It may also be a newly created resource which has not been put in the online state or the resource may be dependent on a resource that is not online. Resources can be brought online by choosing the 'Bring this resource online' action in Failover Cluster Manager.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 2.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Offline'. The functionality that this resource provides is not available while it is in the offline state. The resource may be put in this state by an administrator or program. It may also be a newly created resource which has not been put in the online state or the resource may be dependent on a resource that is not online. Resources can be brought online by choosing the 'Bring this resource online' action in Failover Cluster Manager.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 3.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Offline'. The functionality that this resource provides is not available while it is in the offline state. The resource may be put in this state by an administrator or program. It may also be a newly created resource which has not been put in the online state or the resource may be dependent on a resource that is not online. Resources can be brought online by choosing the 'Bring this resource online' action in Failover Cluster Manager.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 4.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Failed' instead of 'Online'. This failed state indicates that the resource had a problem either coming online or had a failure while it was online. The event logs and cluster logs may have information that is helpful in identifying the cause of the failure.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 5.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Offline'. The functionality that this resource provides is not available while it is in the offline state. The resource may be put in this state by an administrator or program. It may also be a newly created resource which has not been put in the online state or the resource may be dependent on a resource that is not online. Resources can be brought online by choosing the 'Bring this resource online' action in Failover Cluster Manager.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 6.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Failed' instead of 'Online'. This failed state indicates that the resource had a problem either coming online or had a failure while it was online. The event logs and cluster logs may have information that is helpful in identifying the cause of the failure.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 7.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Failed' instead of 'Online'. This failed state indicates that the resource had a problem either coming online or had a failure while it was online. The event logs and cluster logs may have information that is helpful in identifying the cause of the failure.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 8.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Failed' instead of 'Online'. This failed state indicates that the resource had a problem either coming online or had a failure while it was online. The event logs and cluster logs may have information that is helpful in identifying the cause of the failure.
Validating cluster resource Cluster Disk 9.
This resource is marked with a state of 'Failed' instead of 'Online'. This failed state indicates that the resource had a problem either coming online or had a failure while it was online. The event logs and cluster logs may have information that is helpful in identifying the cause of the failure.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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What are you usng for shared storage? And yes that's a significant issue. You probably should not havcrated the cluster as long as those errors existed.
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by:Gary Harper
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The cluster exist and I can see the nodes on the cluster.  We used the file share witness for the quorum.  The two nodes in the cluster have an E and F drive.  I was just trying to make those available.  They are the actual physical disks on the VM.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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The physical disks are not shared?
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by:Gary Harper
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No currently they are not shared.  How can I share the disks if they are not accessible locally on the server.  They have a status of offline and reserved.
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That is something you have to architect beforehand. You can't simply make a disk online and then share it. You need to use an external SAN (SAS, iSCSI) or similar way to share disks with multiple nodes. That's fundamental to a cluster.
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by:Gary Harper
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I removed the disks from the cluster and added the new nodes and the disks again.
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