Failover clustering in windows 2003 environment.

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A SearchStorage.com reader recently asked: I want to test a failover clustering in windows 2003 environment. As am doing this at home, I don't have a SAN or Shared SCSI with me. Am struck at Shared Quorum. If am using Majority Node Cluster, is it possible to test with the IDE hard disks of these machines. I have 2 IDE hard disks on each machine. I want to know whether shared SCSI or SAN is must for Windows 2003 clustering?If Yes, whats the attraction of Majority Node cluster. Please reply. In linux, I found that it is possible. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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You can setup a majority node set without having a shared quorum. However, you will need at least 3 nodes to be useful since it require (n/2)+1 voting nodes to attain a quorum. Follow the directions here if you decide to proceed:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc783784(WS.10).aspx

That said, as others have noted, you can create shared storage on one machine with virtualization. There are free versions of VMWare, MS, and Citrix as well as many others.

Another route you might consider is to use a product like FreeNAS to run an iSCSI storage server and then point your nodes at this. Requires a bit more setup but you will have something durable and learn about iSCSI in the process.

Good Luck!

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  • Thelord2000
    yes dear you can test it on VMware , you can create 3 Vmware , 1 DC , 1Node , 2 Node try it , i did it and working fine.
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