File Server Share Missing after Reboot
Posted on 2016-09-16
Today we experienced a very strange issue with 2 out of 8 folder shares on our Windows 2008 r2 server.
- Windows 2008 r2
- Configured of 2 identical servers in a failover cluster
- iSCSI drives located on an external NAS
- DFS configured
- We have, 8 folder shares which are linked in DFS.
- We rebooted one of the two servers and the environment failed over to the second server within seconds.
- When the second server picked up, only 6 of the 8 folder shares were present. The others show not shared.
* Event viewer showing:
Event ID: 1588
Message: Cluster file server resource 'FileServer-(Server)(Cluster Disk 2)' cannot be brought online. The resource failed to create file share 'MyFolder' associated with network name 'Server'. The error code was '5'. Verify that the folders exist and are accessible. Additionally, confirm the state of the Server service on this cluster node using Server Manager and look for other related events on this cluster node. It may be necessary to restart the network name resource 'Server' in this clustered service or application.
- Tested failing back over to the primary server and now the same thing is happening. Same 2 shares not present.
The folders that were shared still exist in the folder path but show not shared. When we try and re-share them within the GUI, they act as though they are going to share and present no error messages. But after clicking ok, they still say they are not shared.
I have tried this in cmd line with "net share MyFolder=E:\Files\MyFolder" and it returns "MyFolder was shared successfully"
However, the GUI still shows not shared. And when I try "net share MyFolder \\Server /DELETE" it returns "This shared resource does not exist." This only happens on the 2 shares that 'went bad'. When testing these functions on new shares, everything works without issue.
To get business back up and running, I ended up creating new shares with new share names and copying all the files over. Now I would like to get these broken shares resolved before this happens again.