Server 2008 Clustering Best Practices

I’m posting these notes largely for my benefit but it may be of some interest to anyone Clustering with Server 2008.

General Best Practices

  • Use the Failover Cluster Configuration Program (FCCP) during setup.
  • Use identical equipment where possible and run the Cluster validation tool after each configuration change.
  • Microsoft will only support validated clusters.
  • Take regular system state backups.
  • Use preferred and possible owners and choose carefuly.

Quorum Best Practices

  • Use a dedicated basic single volume disk
  • RAID 1+0 recommended.
  • No need to backup Quorum disk.
  • Avoid DFS paths when using file share witness.
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I am an Infrastructure Systems Administrator in the Infrastructure Systems Group (ISG) within ISS. We are responsible for a number of the core services which support the IT Infrastructure of the University including Active Directory, Exchange, DNS, Central Filestore, VMware and SQL. I hold number of current Microsoft Certifications and am also a Symantec Certified Specialist (Netbackup)

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