Getting started with Microsoft Cluster Service, Part 6: Create File Server Cluster (2)

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Getting started with Microsoft Cluster Service

This post continue from last post “Getting started with Microsoft Cluster Service, Part V: Create a file server cluster (1)”. I decide to separate this part since it’s quite long to be keep in a post. In this post, I’ll create File Share resource which depends on all of the resources that I’ve created in the prevoius post. Then, I’ll bring all the resources online to complete create a file server cluster. After that, I’ll try to failover the file server cluster service from one node to another node.

Sections

  1. Create a new file share resource
  2. Test failover the file server cluster service

Step-by-step to create file server cluster

1. Create a new file share resource

  1. Continue from previous post on Cluster Administrator window. Create a new resource ‘File Share’.
    Right click on the ‘FileCluster’ group -> New -> Resource. Set name to ‘TestFileShare’ . Select resource type as ‘File Share’ and group as ‘FileCluster’. Click next.
    New File Share resource
  2. On Possible Owners, assign both nodes as same as when you created the previous resource. Click next.
    Select servers for Possible Owners
  3. On Dependencies, add physical disk, IP Address and network name resources. This file share resource need these resources to be online first. Click next.
    Select dependencies resources
  4. On File Share Parameters, enter share name as ‘Share’ and path to ‘R:\Files’ which is the share folder that I’ve created before. The share name will be the name that I’ll use to access later “\\BKKCluster\Share”. Click permission to edit this share permission.
    Assign share path
  5. On Permission for share, set the permissions. This is an example so I try to set ‘Full control’ for everyone. Click OK. Back to File Share Parameters window, click finish.
    Configure share's permissions
  6. The resource File Share has been created.
    The resource File Share has been created
  7. Next, bring online this file server cluster by right click on ‘FileCluster’ group -> Bring Online. All of the resources in this group will be bring online.
    Bring the file server cluster online

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2. Test failover the file server cluster service

  1. After I’ve brought online the file server cluster group, you’ll see all the resources are online now.
    The resources are online
  2. Next, try to access the share folder by open windows explorer to “\\BKKCluster\Share”. This is the share folder on the cluster server.
    The clustering share folder
  3. Try to test that the file server cluster can be failover, put a file to the share folder. Next, I’ll try to stop the node that running file cluster service and try to browse to the file if I can access to the service.
    Test file server cluster
  4. Back to Cluster Administrator, find out that ‘FileCluster’ group is on which node by click on Active Groups of each node. Since I’ve configued ‘BKKSQL010’ as preferred owner, the file server cluster is running on ‘BKKSQL010’.
    Find out which node is file server cluster is on
  5. Stop this node to see if the file server cluster can be failover to BKKSQL020 by right click on ‘BKKSQL010’ node -> select Stop Cluster Service.
    Stop cluster service on the node
  6. Wait for moment, select Active groups on BKKSQL020. You’ll see the ‘FileCluster’ group has been failover to this node. Also, open share folder “\\BKKCluster\Share”, you’ll see that the file is still there. That’s means the file server cluster service is running properly even if one node has been stopped.
    The 'FileCluster' group has been failover
  7. If you start cluster service on BKKSQL010 again, the resource will not failback to the node by default. To enable failback on ‘FileCluster’ group, right click on the ‘FileCluster’ group -> select Properties.
    Configure failback properties
  8. On FileCluster Properties, select Failback tab and select Allow failback. Choose Immediately. Click OK.
    Allow failback
  9. You can disable the group by right click on ‘FileCluster’ group -> select Take Offline.
    Take Offline the 'FileCluster' group

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Series Navigation<< Getting started with Microsoft Cluster Service, Part 5: Create File Server Cluster (1)Getting started with Microsoft Cluster Service, Part 7: Create MSSQL server cluster (1) >>

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