Active Active Cluster Configuration- Please Help

Discussion in 'Clustering' started by MGR, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. MGR

    MGR Guest

    I have two servers FPS1 and FPS2, SAN attached with the following information:

    D: 500 GB (User Directory)
    E: 500 GB (Shared Directory)
    R: 1 GB (Print Spooler 1)
    S: 1 GB (Print Spooler 2)
    Q: 500 MB (Quorum)

    I want to use one server for file and one for print. <Server 1 (Print)-
    Primary R, S><Server 2 (file)- Primary D, E>

    I have a virtual name and IP for each server. <VFP1 and VFP2>.

    Is this the correct setup?
     
    MGR, Nov 7, 2006
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  2. 1. Create cluster groups, i.e. File Cluster Group and Print Cluster Group
    (note, that is two separate ones)
    2. Create proper resources in each group

    So, it should be logically like this:

    Cluster Group (this is the default group)
    IP Address Resource
    Network Name Resource
    Physical Disk Resource (quorum)

    File Cluster Group
    Physical Disk Resource(s) (D and E)
    IP Address Resource
    Network Name Resource (dependencies include IP Address) (VFP1)
    File Share Resource (dependencies include Physical Disks and Network
    Name)

    Print Cluster Group
    Physical Disk Resource(s) (R and S)
    IP Address Resource
    Network Name Resource (dependencies include IP Address) (VFP2)
    Print Spooler Resource (dependencies include Phyiscal disks and Network
    Name)


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    Russ Kaufmann, Nov 7, 2006
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  3. MGR

    MGR Guest

    Thank you very very much!!!!! I will follow this.
     
    MGR, Nov 8, 2006
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  4. In your case, you may want to break it down even more. You might want
    spooler1 and spooler2 to be in separate cluster groups and you might want
    the user shares in their own cluster group, too. So, it would mean creating
    a couple of more groups.


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    Russ Kaufmann, Nov 8, 2006
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  5. MGR

    Bill Bradley Guest

    And...MSDTC, would be put either in the Cluster Group or its own Group?
     
    Bill Bradley, Nov 9, 2006
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  6. Rodney R. Fournier [MVP], Nov 9, 2006
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  7. MGR

    Bill Bradley Guest

    Server 2003 requires it to be installed. You're right, though, it wouldn't
    be needed, without SQL or Exchange.
     
    Bill Bradley, Nov 9, 2006
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  8. Since you won't be using it or needing it in the near term, put it in the
    default cluster group.


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    Russ Kaufmann, Nov 10, 2006
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  9. MGR

    MGR Guest

    Is it true for a active/active print cluster, you must create one group for
    each node and set each spooler group to have a different owner?

    If this is accurate, would I still set the preferred owner for users and
    shared directories to be primary on the same node?

    Thank you
     
    MGR, Nov 10, 2006
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  10. That is the only way you get Active/Active. You must have two virtual
    servers and run one on each node.
    Up to you. It really depends on the loads when it comes to how you allocate
    and run your virtual servers.


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    Russ Kaufmann \(MVP\), Nov 11, 2006
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  11. MGR

    MGR Guest

    I believe I have all the pieces now and really appreciate your help.

    The only question I have now is that we want a login script to point to one
    virtual server name vfp1. (The two virtual servers names are vfp1 and vfp2)

    Can I reference the same virtual server name (vfp1) for each node for the
    spooler group?

    So in summary, I would have one spooler group on vfp1 and one spooler group
    on vfp2. I would have the users group on vfp2 and the shared directory group
    on vfp2.

    We would like to specify vfp1 for print and vfp2 for user and shared.

    Thanks again!
     
    MGR, Nov 11, 2006
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  12. A virtual server name is just that virtual. It will follow the group from
    node to node. If you keep user and shared folders in vfp2 and that is what
    you want your logon script to point to, use vfp2. If you want to map
    printers in the logon script, use vfp1.

    Cheers,

    Rodney R. Fournier

    MVP - Windows Server - Clustering
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    Rodney R. Fournier [MVP], Nov 11, 2006
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