Sunday, September 9, 2012

Building a LAB on Windows Server 2012 - Part 6


Performing a cluster validation on windows server 2012
Introduction
The steps we have perform is here it is a check against the configuration we have and making sure we have all those in place before we use it in a production environment. What does it help is provide you an overview of the areas that you need improve covering the storage, network and etc. In the previous post, you have learn how to install clustering features via server manager and powershell. You did see which one that can help you more to perform an implementation. While on this round, I will show you how you can perform a validation.


Configuration
The first step that you need to do is open the failover cluster manager from the tools in server manager.


Validate cluster configuration on windows server 2012

You will be diverted to the failover cluster manager interface, from here you will need to perform a validation on the infrastructure you have and making sure that it is suitable for a clustering environement
Validate cluster configuration on windows server 2012

Most of the wizard in the windows server 2012, it is pretty straight forward and you will just need to follow the steps.
Validate cluster configuration on windows server 2012

This is the important steps, as on the previous you have prepare the VM name as FS11 and also FS12 that are joined to the lab.com domain. You have also install the clustering features on both server. On top of that, you have also assign the disk to the server via the iSCSI that you have configure.Now what you need to do is to select the 2 server and perform a test on it.
Validate cluster configuration on windows server 2012

Select the default configuration test and click next to proceed.
Validate cluster configuration on windows server 2012

Click next on the confirmation screen.
Validate cluster configuration on windows server 2012

Since I am running on a PC, it took me like about 10 minutes to perform the validation. In a higher end server, the time it took will be lesser.
Validate cluster configuration on windows server 2012

If you did see some error as per below. click on the report and see what are the areas that you can improved. Mostly in a single lab environment, the issues it will be more toward like IP address on the same range.
Validate cluster configuration on windows server 2012




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