Convert stand-alone shares to cluster shares

Discussion in 'Clustering' started by Knowledge, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. Knowledge

    Knowledge Guest

    Hello Folks,

    Here is a senario and I am trying to propose a solution for a high available
    file&pint server and looking for some help.

    Two servers (relatively new) connect to SAN running Windows 2003

    server1 -2TB of data, stand-alone machine with DFS and shares
    server2- 1.2TB of data, DFS replica of selective data

    Problem : server1 is running out of space and cannot expand the 2tb logical
    drive size limitation.

    Objective: High Available file server with a total capacity of 3.2tb (2
    logical drives)

    Planning on stopping the DFS, format,remove 1.2tb allocated to server1 and
    attach it to server2

    Question are
    a) Can an inplace upgrade be made from the current STD to ENT on server1 ?
    b) How do I convert the stand-alone shares to cluster shares. I can create
    the cluster shares manually but on the same server how do I move all the
    data, it would be the same LUN.
    c) Can a single node cluster be done by adding additional 1tb to server2,
    creating cluster shares on server2's (virtual name), copy data from server1
    to server2, finally join server1 to server2 cluster ?
    d)There are lot of logon scripts/mappings using the DFS name, is there an
    easy way to have them point to the cluster names ?

    Any help here is appreciated!!
    Knowledge, Sep 28, 2007
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  2. a) yes -
    but if you want to maintain true HA, I would build a new cluster from the
    ground and migrate the LUNS.

    b) I would recreate them within the cluster.

    c) Sorta, you would have to deleted and recreate the shares within the
    cluster. I would migrate instead of this approach.

    d) Migrate and call the virtual server the old server name :) This would
    only require a small window.


    Rodney R. Fournier

    MVP - Windows Server - Clustering - Clustering Website - Blog - Cluster Training is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner
    Rodney R. Fournier [MVP], Oct 1, 2007
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  3. Just a note for you as well: Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering will
    allow the use of GPT disks (meaning larger than 2 TB partition support).

    Ryan Sokolowski
    MVP - Windows Server - Clustering

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Ryan Sokolowski [MVP], Oct 1, 2007
  4. Rodney R. Fournier [MVP], Oct 1, 2007
  5. but the question is, do you really want volume sizes this large ?

    think about the time it takes to run chkdsk, when a logical corruption

    Personally, I would prefer smaller volumes (and use mount points if needed)

    ... 2c ..
    Edwin vMierlo [MVP], Oct 2, 2007
  6. To get a picture of "fresh" issues, looking at "Correcting corrupt $MFT on
    shared clustered disk." previous post some days ago may give ideas on how it
    can goes bad

    Mathieu CHATEAU
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    Mathieu CHATEAU, Oct 2, 2007
  7. Rodney R. Fournier [MVP], Oct 2, 2007
  8. Knowledge

    Knowledge Guest


    Thank you all for posting very useful information. It helped me making some
    decisions and currently half-way done.

    Thanks again.
    Knowledge, Dec 26, 2007
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