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
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=309395

    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
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=331801

    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
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=280345

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

    318534 Best Practices for Drive-Letter Assignments on a Server Cluster
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=318534

    168948 Information about the cluster group
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=168948

    169017 Information on Groups and Resources Using Microsoft Cluster Server
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=169017

    286342 Network failure detection and recovery in Windows Server 2003
    Clusters
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=286342

    818878 Managing Disk Ownership in a Windows Server 2003 Cluster
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=818878

    269229 How to manually re-create the Cluster service account
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=269229

    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
    Clustering
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325423

    325600 Support WebCast: Microsoft Windows 2000 Clustering Basics
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325600

    810220 Support WebCast: Windows Server 2003 Clustering: New Features
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=810220

    838612 TechNet Support WebCast: Majority Node Set support in Microsoft
    Windows
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=838612

    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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