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Hello,
I have three Exchange 2013 CU11 DAG's that are using Failover Cluster Services on Windows Server 2012 R2 machines.
By default the ISCI connections on all of them are supposed to be set to: Do not allow cluster network communications on this network.
However all of them are set to: Allow cluster communications on this network.
When I click the checkbox for "Do not..." and click apply it changes the state for about 20 seconds and then reverts back to "Allow..."

Please advise if you are familiar with this scenario.
Thanks,

j
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by:LesterClayton
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Select the top node of the cluster - and expand the Server Name under the Cluster Core Resources.  Is the IP Address listed there on the same subnet as the iSCSI adapters?

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Check out the networks for your cluster.  Can you confirm that you have multiple cluster networks and that all of them have the status of "Up"?  Failover Clustering won't allow you to remove Cluster Communication from a network if Cluster Communication is not enabled on any other network, or any of the other networks is in a status of "Down".

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by:Jeffrey
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LVL 17, thank you for the response and information.

The cluster subnet is different than both ISCI subnets. Each node has a different subnet for MAPI, Replication and 2 ISCSI connections back to the storage array. All are enabled and up.

NIC's
(2) ISCSI = Cluster Only (weird, the cluster service is supposed to set this to "no comm..." automatically when building the cluster
(1) Repl = Cluster Only
(1) MAPI = Cluster & Client Communication
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I've run out of ideas :)  Sorry.  I don't even have an iSCSI solution anymore with which to test - everything I have is FC.
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Here is how you should proceed...

1. Validate the current configuration using the EMS:
Get-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork
(Pay attention to the values: MapiAccessEnabled, ReplicationEnabled,IgnoreNetwork)

2. Try changing the configuration through the EMS: (Read the below details about the meanings of each parameter)
Set-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork  <YouriSCSI-NetworkName>  -ReplicationEnabled $False
Set-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork  <YouriSCSI-NetworkName>  -IgnoreNetwork $False

ReplicationEnabled: specifies whether the network can be used for replication activity. If this parameter isn't specified, the default behavior is to enable the network for replication.

IgnoreNetwork: indicates that the specified network should be ignored and not used by the DAG. Any network that is Ignored results in a state of disabled regardless of the other settings.

The third option is not controlled by Exchange commands, but from the NIC settings. It means that the setting MapiAccessEnabled is actually determined by the settings of the network adapter on the local server.  A network is MapiAccessEnabled when we detect that the “Resgister this connection’s address in DNS” checkbox is enabled on the advanced TCP properties of the network adapter. If you want to disable it, go to the properties of your network adapter and clear the check box that allows your NIC to register in the DNS server.

It is normal that if we just use the Failover Cluster Manager on a server that is a member of a DAG, it will result in the change being reverted. Heheheh, sounds a bit bizarre, but it is how it works.
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by:Jeffrey
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Thanks for the help! I need to remember that the GUI does not always give the expected results. I used the commends that you listed and they removed the ISCI connections from all communication as they are supposed to. Thanks again!
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