Step by Step–Two Node File Server Cluster (Part 01)

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In this blog post, we will look at creating a Two Node File Server Cluster

Step 01 – Prepare your storage and Networks. In this demonstration I’m using Two Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtual Machines. I have two networks on each VM. One network for client communication and the other for cluster communication. I’m using iSCSI shared storage for this environment.

Step 02 – Next step would be for us to install Failover Cluster Features on both nodes. I’m using below mentioned Powershell Commends for installing Failover Cluster features locally and and also remotely.

  • Installing Failover Cluster Features locally

Powershell : Install-WindowsFeature –Name Failover-clustering –IncludeManagementTools

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  • Installing Failover Cluster Features remotely

Powershell : Install-WindowsFeature –Name Failover-clustering –IncludeManagementTools –Computername Nameofthe2ndNode

 

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Step 03 – Next step would be for us to go ahead and validate this cluster to see if it meets all cluster requirements

Open failover Cluster Manager.

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Right click on Failover Cluster Manager and select Create Cluster

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Next on welcome wizard

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Select servers which are going to be a part of this cluster

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Cluster Validation Welcome Wizard

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select all tests. it’s also possible for us to run specific tests if we need to when running Cluster Validation

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Summary

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Cluster validation running against the selected nodes

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Validation completed and a report is presented to us with all details regarding the Cluster Validation

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Next Post we will look at creating a cluster

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