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Can I turn an existing 2008 file server into a failover cluster by adding a second server that will share the data with out formatting

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we have an existing standalone server with an iSCSI attached data volume and want turn it into a windows server failover cluster without losing any data. Can I turn an existing 2008 file server into a failover cluster by adding a second server that will share the data with out formatting? We have a vmware environment if that helps...

thanks!
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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Yes you can create a Fail over Cluster in VMware to support File Cluster Share.

You need to create your Quroum disk Start Fail over Cluster Wizard on one node and then add the other node.
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by:Seth Simmons
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here is a guide on creating a windows failover cluster in vmware

Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-50-mscs-guide.pdf
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by:Lee W, MVP
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MAYBE.

What edition of Server are you using?  Standard, Enterprise, or Data Center?

Standard cannot do clustering.  (You don't need to wipe out your data, but your servers may need upgrading to a better edition/newer version (in 2012, Standard supports clustering, in 2008 R2 Standard DOES NOT support clustering).
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So the most important question I need to confirm, can this be done with out losing any data ?
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so to be clear can i take a data disk that is currently on a standalone server and make it that shared disk
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Yes it can be do e without like sing data or reformatting.

The data disk remains unchanged.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 334 total points
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Not sure what autocorrect has done on my phone.

YES IT CAN BE DONE!
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Ok I will give it a try since you personally guaranteed that absolutely nothing will go wrong with all of my mission critical data! lol jk
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You should always have a backup of Production Data. Always before experimenting.

That's good ITIL Practice and common sense and change control!
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agreed.
thanks!!!!
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