Cluster Drives - External USB Hard Drives?

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by JJ, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. JJ

    JJ Guest

    Is it possible to create a cluster using an external USB or Firewire Hard
    Drive - even just for testing? Thanks.
    JJ, Nov 21, 2004
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  2. JJ

    stuart Guest

    Do you mean a cluster or a RAID setup?

    You would need seperate servers to create a cluster - or you could use
    Microsoft's Virtual Server to run several servers on the same hardware.

    If you mean a RAID setup - then yes, you should be able to 'cluster' the
    drives into a RAID array. Three drives would be needed for RAID 5 or you
    could mirror two drives for a RAID 1 array. Obviously you would only
    want to do this for testing or for a non-critical system.
    stuart, Nov 21, 2004
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  3. No. You need shared storage. I have yet to come across a USB or Firewire HDD
    with two connections. If you have such a device and you can mount the drive
    on two box's, then I take the "no" back.

    If you want to practice/test, I'd suggest you download the virutal server
    trial from MS as it supports virtual shared storage so you can make clusters
    with it.

    Brian Desmond
    Windows Server MVP

    Brian Desmond [MVP], Nov 22, 2004
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