2012 R2 Cluster IP Settings


I have a basic question regarding a simple 2 node failover cluster.
2 member servers have their IP assigned by DHCP - and there are IP reservations created.
Thats how our networking guy would like to see it but I'm thinking about changing it to static.

Would that be OK, while the servers are in a cluster ? Passive has the IP assigned by me initially but the active one now has a cluster IP. Also, where do I change how the cluster IP is assigned ? Is it possible to create something like a static cluster IP ?

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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
What role do you like to have in the cluster? FileServer, Hyper-v, HDCP, PrintServer ...

Basicly you need 3 static IP Adress. First IP for node1, Second IP for node2 and third for the role.



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David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
DHCP is supported in failover clusters configurations, but from my perspective and experience I will always use and advise the use of static IPs in failover configurations, unless for some very special conditions or requirements I had to use DHCP.

And if I were you I would chose an IP outside of range defined in DHCP to be distributed to the clients, but probably this will require more work, but all depends of what kind of services do you have running in the cluster.

You can follow the links mentioned above to configure the failover cluster to use static IPs.

Let us know if you need further help.

Anand PandyaCommented:
I would suggest to use static IP's wherever needed in cluster like scenarios.
tp-it-teamAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the replies. Actually, the biggest challenge for me was to find the place where you can assign a static IP to the cluster. Not so obvious to find it in the GUI.
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