Can a 2003 Server Cluster be made in a Workgroup instead of domain

Discussion in 'Clustering' started by Wabbit, May 30, 2007.

  1. Wabbit

    Wabbit Guest

    Hello, I am learning about how to install a cluster in Server 2003
    Enterprise. I am trying to do this in VMware with bridged networking to the
    regular network, but I would rather not make these two temporary test servers
    members of the domain.

    However, it looks like the only way I can make the cluster is if the servers
    are in a domain. Is this true?

    Wabbit, May 30, 2007
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  2. Wabbit

    Chuck [MSFT] Guest

    Need a domain becasue the cluster service account needs to be a domain user
    and must be authenticated.
    Chuck [MSFT], May 30, 2007
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  3. Wabbit

    Wabbit Guest

    Thanks for the reply!
    So the "workgroup backdoor" approach won't work?
    Wabbit, May 30, 2007
  4. Nope, need to be domain-joined and using domain authentication. Have you
    tried to stand up another Virtual Server instance of W2K3 as a DC for a test
    domain? You could then keep the entire environment enclosed within the
    Virtual world and explore what you need to in order to learn and familarize
    yourself with Clustering...

    Ryan Sokolowski
    MVP - Windows Server - Clustering

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Ryan Sokolowski [MVP], May 30, 2007
  5. Wabbit

    Wabbit Guest

    Got it, thanks!

    Wabbit, May 31, 2007
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