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  • Hi!

    This is my question. I have two servers with Windows Server 2012.

    Can I organize two-node failover cluster with File Sharing role with Shared-Nothing technology?

    And how to I can do this (links on instrusctions)?

    Michael

    Monday, October 1, 2012 10:07 AM

Answers

  • Just for clarification purposes.  The Datacore and Starwind software products create an environment the emulates shared storage, so you still have a shared storage environment.  That is a requirement of the clustering software.  I'm not bringing this up to discourage the use of the products; just to make sure that you understand what the cluster is expecting.

    tim

    • Proposed as answer by VR38DETTMVP Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:05 AM
    • Marked as answer by Lawrence, Monday, October 8, 2012 6:31 AM
    Monday, October 1, 2012 8:56 PM
  • Hi!

    This is my question. I have two servers with Windows Server 2012.

    Can I organize two-node failover cluster with File Sharing role with Shared-Nothing technology?

    And how to I can do this (links on instrusctions)?

    Michael

    You cannot do failover cluster without shared storage. With previous versions of Windows MS had insisted on iSCSI, now you can do it with FC as well.

    If you have only two nodes and don't want to have physical shared storage (including SAS JBOD or whatever) you may install DataCore SANsymphony (little pricey and resource hungry but works fine) or StarWind Native SAN. They can both mirror DAS on a different Windows Server 2012 nodes and emulate HA SAN. No extra hardware components needed. Here are some links (both are exactly about your case, StarWind is about SoFS but it's pretty much the same):

    http://www.datacore.com/Software/Features/List-of-Features/high-availability-nas-cluster-file-sharing.aspx

    http://www.starwindsoftware.com/sw-configuring-ha-shared-storage-on-scale-out-file-servers

    Hope this helped :)

    -nismo

    • Proposed as answer by VR38DETTMVP Monday, October 1, 2012 1:11 PM
    • Marked as answer by Lawrence, Monday, October 8, 2012 6:30 AM
    Monday, October 1, 2012 1:08 PM

All replies

  • Can you take a look at these links, perhaps this is what you are looking for?

    DEMO: Continuously Available File Shares
    http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/IT-Camps/IT-Camps-On-Demand-Windows-Server-2012/DEMO-Continuously-Available-File-Shares

    Creating Continuously Available File Shares with Windows Server “8” Beta
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29042


    Dave Guenthner [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. http://blogs.technet.com/b/davguents_blog

    Monday, October 1, 2012 10:32 AM
  • Hi!

    This is my question. I have two servers with Windows Server 2012.

    Can I organize two-node failover cluster with File Sharing role with Shared-Nothing technology?

    And how to I can do this (links on instrusctions)?

    Michael

    You cannot do failover cluster without shared storage. With previous versions of Windows MS had insisted on iSCSI, now you can do it with FC as well.

    If you have only two nodes and don't want to have physical shared storage (including SAS JBOD or whatever) you may install DataCore SANsymphony (little pricey and resource hungry but works fine) or StarWind Native SAN. They can both mirror DAS on a different Windows Server 2012 nodes and emulate HA SAN. No extra hardware components needed. Here are some links (both are exactly about your case, StarWind is about SoFS but it's pretty much the same):

    http://www.datacore.com/Software/Features/List-of-Features/high-availability-nas-cluster-file-sharing.aspx

    http://www.starwindsoftware.com/sw-configuring-ha-shared-storage-on-scale-out-file-servers

    Hope this helped :)

    -nismo

    • Proposed as answer by VR38DETTMVP Monday, October 1, 2012 1:11 PM
    • Marked as answer by Lawrence, Monday, October 8, 2012 6:30 AM
    Monday, October 1, 2012 1:08 PM
  • Can you take a look at these links, perhaps this is what you are looking for?

    DEMO: Continuously Available File Shares
    http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/IT-Camps/IT-Camps-On-Demand-Windows-Server-2012/DEMO-Continuously-Available-File-Shares

    Creating Continuously Available File Shares with Windows Server “8” Beta
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29042

    Both links disclosure process of configuring CSV @ the very beginning. How can you create it w/o having shared storage on Windows Server 2012?

    -nismo

    Monday, October 1, 2012 1:10 PM
  • Nismo,

    I agree with your statement, I missed the shared nothing piece in the question.  I assume Mikandr is looking for File shares in a classic sense and not scale out file server feature, shared storage is required.


    Dave Guenthner [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. http://blogs.technet.com/b/davguents_blog

    Monday, October 1, 2012 2:22 PM
  • VR38DETT, thanks for answer. Michael.
    Monday, October 1, 2012 5:03 PM
  • Nismo,

    I agree with your statement, I missed the shared nothing piece in the question.  I assume Mikandr is looking for File shares in a classic sense and not scale out file server feature, shared storage is required.


    Dave Guenthner [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. http://blogs.technet.com/b/davguents_blog

    It does not matter, he still needs block-based shared storage to put CSV on...

    -nismo

    Monday, October 1, 2012 7:36 PM
  • VR38DETT, thanks for answer. Michael.

    You're welcomed! Would be nice if you'd tell the way you finally went :)

    -nismo

    Monday, October 1, 2012 7:37 PM
  • Just for clarification purposes.  The Datacore and Starwind software products create an environment the emulates shared storage, so you still have a shared storage environment.  That is a requirement of the clustering software.  I'm not bringing this up to discourage the use of the products; just to make sure that you understand what the cluster is expecting.

    tim

    • Proposed as answer by VR38DETTMVP Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:05 AM
    • Marked as answer by Lawrence, Monday, October 8, 2012 6:31 AM
    Monday, October 1, 2012 8:56 PM
  • Hi,

    I would like to confirm what is the current situation? Have you resolved the problem?

    If there is anything that we can do for you, please do not hesitate to let us know, and we will be happy to help.


    Lawrence

    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, October 4, 2012 6:50 AM