Physical disks not cluster capable/cluster service not working

Discussion in 'Clustering' started by Lewis C., Mar 4, 2005.

  1. Lewis C.

    Lewis C. Guest

    I am new to clustering, so please bear with me. We want to cluster 2 nodes
    using Windows 2003 Enterprise. First, I don't even see the cluster service
    running in the Services MMC. Also when I try to create a new cluster using
    the cluster admin, i keep getting an error saying the physcial disks are not
    cluster capable. Any suggestions???
    Lewis C., Mar 4, 2005
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  2. Hi Lewis,

    Here's Cluster Service 101. <g> ;-)
    Read the following article so you have a better understanding of the
    hardware needed to run Cluster Services.

    309395 The Microsoft support policy for server clusters, the Hardware

    If you comply with all the hardware requirements and have an external
    storage device, you may need to use the "Advanced (minimum) configuration"
    option so it can detected the Quorum disk.

    331801 Cluster setup may not work when you add nodes

    This article gives you an idea on setting up the Quorum disk and it has
    other linked embedded articles you should also read.

    280345 Quorum Drive Configuration Information

    These other articles you may also find useful as you begin to setup the

    318534 Best Practices for Drive-Letter Assignments on a Server Cluster

    168948 Information about the cluster group

    169017 Information on Groups and Resources Using Microsoft Cluster Server

    286342 Network failure detection and recovery in Windows Server 2003

    818878 Managing Disk Ownership in a Windows Server 2003 Cluster

    269229 How to manually re-create the Cluster service account

    The following are just a few of many Webcast (which are like mini narrated
    PowerPoint presentations) you can review at your leisure:

    325423 Support WebCast: Windows Clustering: An Overview of Microsoft

    325600 Support WebCast: Microsoft Windows 2000 Clustering Basics

    810220 Support WebCast: Windows Server 2003 Clustering: New Features

    838612 TechNet Support WebCast: Majority Node Set support in Microsoft

    Hope I have not caused you an information overload. ;-)

    Hope this helps,
    Mike Rosado
    Windows 2000 MCSE + MCDBA
    Microsoft Enterprise Platform Support
    Windows NT/2000/2003 Cluster Technologies

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    Mike Rosado [MSFT], Mar 4, 2005
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