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Setup a new Failover Cluster ?

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  • Hello,

    I setup two Windows Server 2012 Standard on two PC's.
    To each installation I have set the same new domain with a name of mydomain55.local with "Add a new forest".

    PC number one name is:  Cluster1
    PC number two name is:  Cluster2

    When trying to create a Cluster with "Failover Cluster Manager" by adding the names "Cluster1,Cluster2" at "Enter Server Name" I am receiving the error
    "You do not have administrative privileges on the server 'Cluster2'".

    Thanks in advanced for any help,
    Asaf




    Monday, September 17, 2012 8:42 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    > To each installation I have set the same new domain with a name of mydomain55.local with "Add a new
    > forest".

    Do you mean you have installed mydomain55.local on both physical PC?

    All servers in the cluster must be in the same Active Directory domain. As a best practice, all clustered servers should have the same domain role (either member server or domain controller). The recommended role is member server.

    If you installed mydomain55.local on both physical PC, these two PCs are not in the same domain although they have same domain name. Correct method is install mydomain55.localon one PC, and then add other PC into this domain, after that promote this PC as a domain controller.

    Refer to above posting, it’s not recommended to set server cluster on Domain Controller. And it’s no need to set cluster for Active Directory services, AD services has its own mechanism to handle failure.

    For more information please refer to following MS articles:

    Failover Cluster Requirements
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd197454(v=WS.10).aspx
    Understanding Requirements for Failover Clusters
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771404.aspx


    Lawrence

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by asafgo Wednesday, September 19, 2012 4:19 PM
    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 8:36 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    > To each installation I have set the same new domain with a name of mydomain55.local with "Add a new
    > forest".

    Do you mean you have installed mydomain55.local on both physical PC?

    All servers in the cluster must be in the same Active Directory domain. As a best practice, all clustered servers should have the same domain role (either member server or domain controller). The recommended role is member server.

    If you installed mydomain55.local on both physical PC, these two PCs are not in the same domain although they have same domain name. Correct method is install mydomain55.localon one PC, and then add other PC into this domain, after that promote this PC as a domain controller.

    Refer to above posting, it’s not recommended to set server cluster on Domain Controller. And it’s no need to set cluster for Active Directory services, AD services has its own mechanism to handle failure.

    For more information please refer to following MS articles:

    Failover Cluster Requirements
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd197454(v=WS.10).aspx
    Understanding Requirements for Failover Clusters
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771404.aspx


    Lawrence

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by asafgo Wednesday, September 19, 2012 4:19 PM
    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 8:36 AM
  • Hi Lawrence,

    Thanks for your help I am able to take one step forwards but still have a problem with "Validate Active Directory Configuration" that I will ask at "High Availability (Clustering)" section.

    Asaf


    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 4:19 PM