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Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3
Posted in DataKeeper, High Availability, WSFC by daveberm on October 7, 2009

SQL Server 2008 multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2
In Part 1 of this series, I showed you how to prepare your multi-site cluster, including setting up the Node and File Share Majority Quorum. In Part 2, we saw a video example of how to integrate SteelEye DataKeeper, one of the available cluster replication solutions, with failover clustering to configure a multi-site Hyper-V failover cluster. In Part 3, we will examine how Microsoft SQL Server 2008 can be configured in a multi-site cluster with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering and SteelEye DataKeeper Cluster Edition. First, why would you want to deploy a multi-site SQL server cluster? SQL Server comes with a variety of high availability options, including log shipping, replication (transactional, merge, snapshot), database mirroring and failover clusters. There is a great article that talks about the High Availability options in SQL Server 2008, so I won’t re-invent the wheel here. If you want to learn more about all of the options, have a look at this article by Ross Mistry, High Availability Options in SQL Server 2008. If you read the article, Ross’ summary makes the following statement… “Clearly, failover clustering is the best choice to reduce system downtime and provide higher application availability for the whole instance of SQL Server within a site; however, a failover cluster does not protect against disk failure and requires a SAN.” What if you could have all of the benefits that Ross outlines and also protect against disk failure and eliminate the need for a SAN? Well, the good news is that is exactly what you can do by implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008. SQL Server 2008 multi-site cluster may be a little bit of a misnomer. It does not necessarily need to be deployed across geographically dispersed locations. The servers could be located in the same rack, same room, same building or across continents; it really doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you are eliminating your storage as a single point of failure and if you choose to locate your cluster nodes in different physical locations then you also have built in site resiliency. One of the most common questions and points of confusion about SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 failover clustering is support for failing across subnets. Yes, Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering does support failing between subnets for most applications, however, SQL Server 2008 is not one of those applications. As far as I know, SQL Server 2008 R2 will also not support failing between subnets when it is released. My understanding is that the SQL team is working on support for cross-subnet failover, but it will be supported sometime after SQL Server
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2008 R2 is released. So, for the time being, you will have to span your subnet if you wish to separate your nodes geographically. Now that you have determined to deploy a multi-node SQL server cluster, here are the steps you will need to follow.

Configure you basic cluster
Follow the steps in Part 1 of this series to configure a basic 2-node cluster with a Node and File Share Majority Quorum.

Configure your replication
Deploying a multi-site cluster will require that you work very closely with your replication vendor during this part of the configuration. Each vendor will have very specific instructions on how to set up the replication and create the storage resources to be used in your cluster. For the purposes of this demonstration, I will use SteelEye DataKeeper Cluster Edition to replicate the E drive from the server named PRIMARY to the server named SECONDARY. The E drive on PRIMARY and SECONDARY are just local attached volumes and not part of any SAN. As long as the E drive shows up as a local attached disk, DataKeeper can replicate it from one server to another. You can mix and match SAS, iSCSI, SAN, VHD, or any other storage type as DataKeeper is storage agnostic. After you have configured your basic cluster as described in Part 1 of my series, run the DataKeeper setup.exe to install SteelEye DataKeeper Cluster Edition on both nodes of the cluster. You will be prompted to enter your license key at the end of the install. Enter your license and reboot your servers when prompted. You are now ready to create your mirror. Launch the DataKeeper GUI and follow the instructions below to create your mirror. Click on “Connect to Server”.

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Figure 1 – Connect to your source and target servers

Enter the name of the first server. Click Connect.

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Figure 3 – Give your Job a name and description Choose the following: Source Server – where the data will be replicated from Network adapter – the network where the replication traffic will travel clusteringformeremortals. These can be anything you like.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 5/62 .3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 2 – Create your Job Give your job a name and description.

com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 6/62 . clusteringformeremortals. Figure 4 – Choose you source server and network to use for replication Choose the following: Target Server – where the data will be replicated to Network adapter – the network where the replication traffic will travel Volume – the volume you want to replicate Click Next to continue.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Volume – the volume you want to replicate Click Next to continue.

it is better off leaving it set to 0. I wrote a whole blog post on this topic. Synchronous – Asynchronous replication is generally acceptable in most environments and is definitely required in high-latency WAN environments.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 7/62 . Asynchronous vs. clusteringformeremortals. you may benefit from enabling compression. Synchronous replication. If you have a WAN that is less that 100 Mbps.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 5 – Choose your target server Choose the following: Compression Level – If you have a 100 Mbps or faster network for replication. Unless you have a good reason to set it. so if you have any questions. CPU overhead associated with enabling compression. check out my article on Asynchronous vs. If you want to ensure that replication never exceeds a certain threshold of your WAN capacity. Settings somewhere in the middle tend to give you the best performance of compression vs. Click Done to create your mirror. Maximum bandwidth – you can think of this as a “poor man’s” QOS. leave it set to none. you can put a limiter on the amount of bandwidth it can consume.

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Figure 6 – Choose your mirror settings

Now if you take a look at your DataKeeper GUI, it will look similar to the following.

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Figure 7 – Your mirror is now created

Once you have created your mirror, you need to make your mirror available in the Microsoft Cluster “Available Storage”. There are a few ways to do this, but the most straight forward way is to use the Windows PowerShell CLI. Below is an example that shows how to take the existing mirror we just created on the E drive and add it to the cluster “Available Storage”, move it to the PRIMARY node and bring it in-service I m p o r t M o d u l eF a i l o v e r C l u s t e r s A d d C l u s t e r R e s o u r c eN a m e“ D a t a K e e p e rV o l u m eE ”R e s o u r c e T y p e “ D a t a K e e p e rV o l u m e ”G r o u p“ A v a i l a b l eS t o r a g e ” G e t C l u s t e r R e s o u r c e“ D a t a K e e p e rV o l u m eE ”|S e t C l u s t e r P a r a m e t e r V o l u m e L e t t e rE M o v e C l u s t e r G r o u p“ A v a i l a b l eS t o r a g e ”N o d ep r i m a r y S t a r t C l u s t e r R e s o u r c e“ D a t a K e e p e rV o l u m eE ” For more information on PowerShell and the available commands for use with Failover Clustering, check out this great blog post from Symon Perriman of the Microsoft Failover Clustering Team. http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/archive/2008/12/20/9243367.aspx You are now going to repeat the above steps to add any additional mirrors that you will use in your cluster. In our case, we are going to create a mirror of the F drive and use it to cluster the MSDTC. After you have added your additional mirrors and added them to Available Storage, your DataKeeper GUI should look something like this.
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Figure 8 – After adding the second Job for the MS DTC resource

And your Failover Cluster Manager GUI should look like this.

Figure 9 – After adding the second DataKeeper resource

Clustering MSDTC
IMPORTANT NOTE – There is a hotfix that is required in order to support DTC with 3rd party disk resources. Please see the following KB article and apply the howfix to all cluster nodes. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978476
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10). Figure 10 – Creating a MS DTC resource You will then choose “Distributed Transaction Coordinator” and click Next clusteringformeremortals.com/en-us/library/cc771540(WS. http://technet.aspx http://technet.10).aspx You will start by opening the Failover Cluster Manager GUI and then choose “Configure a Service or Application”. so it is highly recommended that you cluster the MSDTC resource before you cluster your SQL resource.microsoft.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 11/62 .microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770748(WS. The following articles are provided for your reference for configuration and management of your MSDTC resource.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals SQL 2008 is very dependent upon MSDTC.

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 11 – Choose your S ervice or Application Give the MSDTC resource a name and unique IP address.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 12/62 . These should be unique to MSDTC and not the same as you will use later when you create your SQL resource. clusteringformeremortals.

com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 13/62 .3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 12 – Choose a name and IP address Choose the volume where you will store the data for the MSDTC resource. clusteringformeremortals. In our case we are choosing the replicated F drive.

clusteringformeremortals.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 13 – Choose a dedicated volume for the MS DTC resource Confirm your information and click Next to continue.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 14/62 .

com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 15/62 . you have succesfully configured the DTC resource.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 14 – Click Next to configure the DTC resource Congratulations. Click Finish. clusteringformeremortals.

Here is a great article that describes how to slipstream SQL Server 2008 RTM and Service Pack 1.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 16/62 . After I read that article and successfully slipstream SP1 onto SQL 2008 RTM. I will do the installation from the local disk of each cluster node. There is one major “gotcha” when it comes to installing SQL on a multi-node cluster.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 15 – A successfully configured DTC resource We are just about ready to begin the installation of the first node of the SQL Server Cluster. you are ready to install your first SQL node. You may get an error that looks like the following if you try to install SQL without first slipstreaming SP1 onto the media. There was an error setting private property ‘RequireKerberos’ to value ’1′ I followed the instructions detailed in the first article and copied my SQL 2008 with SP1 install to the C:\ drive of both nodes in my cluster. there is one thing we need to do in preparation – Slip Stream SQL 2008 SP1 onto the SQL Server 2008 RTM install media. Installing your first cluster node Now that you have your SQL Server 2008 SP1 installation media ready to go. however. I found the following Microsoft KB article that describes the same procedure. Slip stream SQL SP1 onto your SQL 2008 install media What I have discovered is that SQL Server 2008 will not install on Windows Server 2008 R2 without first slipstreaming SQL Server 2008 SP1 onto your SQL 2008 install media. In the instructions below. In order for you to install clusteringformeremortals.

browse to your SQL 2008 with SP1 install directory and type the command as shown below. so you never are able to actually “pass” the validation as far as SQL is concerned. It took a little investigation on my part. you must first pass the Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster validate process. Setup /SkipRules=Cluster_VerifyForErrors /Action=InstallFailoverCluster To launch the SQL setup.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 17/62 . open a Command window.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals SQL on a multi-node cluster. Click OK to continue. but what I have come to find is that there is a command line parameter that allows you to skip the validation test on the SQL 2008 installation. a multi-site cluster is exempt from passing the storage related test. If everything goes as planned. you should see the screen below. Here is the command line. Unfortunately. clusteringformeremortals.

com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 18/62 .3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Enter your product key and click Next clusteringformeremortals.

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 17 – Enter your product key Accept the license agreement and click Next clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 19/62 .

com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 20/62 .3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Click Install to install the Setup Support Files clusteringformeremortals.

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals At the end of the Setup for the Support Files you will receive a warning. ignoring this message since it is expected in a multi-site or non-shared storage cluster. You can click Next. Click on Show details and you will see the message below. clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 21/62 .

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 18 – The warning is expected in a multi-site or non-shared storage cluster Choose the features you would like to install and click Next. clusteringformeremortals. Leave the “Shared Feature” directory set to the C drive as the SQL binaries should not be installed on the replicated volume.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 22/62 .

you will choose a network name for your SQL Server.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 19 – Choose your features On the next screen. Assuming this is the default instance. Do not move the instance root directory to the replicated volume. leave the Instance ID and Instance root directory set to the defaults. clusteringformeremortals. This will be the name that all of the clients will connect to.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 23/62 .

clusteringformeremortals. as this install process will give them the permissions that they require.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 20 – Choose your S QL Network Name It is recommended that you have separate domain accounts for SQLServer and SQLAgent. You can take the time to create these accounts now if you have not already done so. These accounts require no special permissions.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 24/62 .

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Confirm you have enough disk space and click Next to continue.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 25/62 . clusteringformeremortals.

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Choose the default settings to allow a new cluster resource group named “SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER)” to be created.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 26/62 . clusteringformeremortals.

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 21 – Allow the wizard to create a new cluster resource group for you Choose a replicated volume that is still available.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 27/62 . clusteringformeremortals. in our case the E:\ drive. Click Next to continue.

clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 28/62 . You could leave it set to use DHCP if you wish.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 22 – Choose your replicated volume Now you will choose the IP address you want associated with the SQL cluster resource.

com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 29/62 .3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Figure 23 – Choose your S QL cluster IP address Choose your security settings and click Next clusteringformeremortals.

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Add any SQL Server administrators and choose your authentication mode and then click Next clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 30/62 .

com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 31/62 .3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Choose your Error and Usage Reporting options and click Next clusteringformeremortals.

clusteringformeremortals.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals You will once again see some warnings related to the validation process. You can ignore those messages as they are to be expected in a multi-site SQL Server cluster.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 32/62 .

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Click Install to begin the installation process clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 33/62 .

com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 34/62 . you should see the following screens. Click Next then Close to finish the installation.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals If everything installs as expected. clusteringformeremortals.

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1. So. Install SQL 2008 SP1 (merged setup) on the 2nd node using the following command: Setup /SkipRules=Cluster_VerifyForErrors /Action=AddNode /INSTANCENAME=”MSSQLSERVER” *Note: This assumes you installed the default instance on the 1st node clusteringformeremortals. We need to run SQL Setup once again from the command line so that we can skip the Validate process. open up your command prompt and run the following command.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Congratulations. Now we will install the second node of the cluster. from the 2nd node.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 36/62 . Install the second cluster node Installing the second cluster node is similar to installing the first node. you have successfully installed the first node of your multi-site SQL Server Cluster.

Click OK to continue.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals That will launch the install wizard as shown below. clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 37/62 .

Accept the license terms and click Next clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 38/62 .3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Enter your product key and click next.

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clusteringformeremortals. This is to be expected in a multi-site cluster and non-shared storage clusters.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 40/62 .3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals You can once again ignore the warning that some cluster validation tests have been skipped.

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3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Add the passwords to the service accounts and click Next clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 42/62 .

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Choose your Error and Usage Reporting options and click Next clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 43/62 .

com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 44/62 . ignore the warning about the skipped operations. clusteringformeremortals.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Once again.

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Click Install to begin the installation process. clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 45/62 .

you should see the following screen.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 46/62 . clusteringformeremortals.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals If everything goes as expected.

clusteringformeremortals. you probably should testing things out by doing some manual switchovers. Right click on the resource and choose “Move to node SECONDARY”.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Now that you have a fully functional two node cluster.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 47/62 .

3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals If everything is configured properly.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 48/62 . clusteringformeremortals. your Failover Cluster GUI should look as follows.

You can eliminate that single point of failure by deploying a SQL Server cluster with replicated storage from SteelEye or any other Microsoft Multi-Site Cluster replication partner. fixed size VHD files and dynamic VHD files in Windows Server 2008 R2 The difference between Hyper-V Live Migration and Quick Migration » 48 Responses clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 49/62 . 48 comments « Hyper-V pass-through disk performance vs.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Conclusion I believe that SQL clusters with replicated storage make a lot of sense. Storage has always been a single point of failure of traditional clusters. If you have any questions or suggestions. I hope you found this article informative. please add your comments! Share this: Like this: Print Email Digg Facebook 5 Twitter StumbleUpon Reddit ★Like 4 bloggers like this.

There is only once difference from your steps of adding node is that I add passed following parameter (mistakenly) while adding the node. I’m sure HP may be able to give you some guidance if you get stuck. then you may have done something wrong in terms of setting up the replicated storage.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 50/62 Mahar said. on October 15. so I omitted the Storage tests while creating Windows Cluster. I believe you will want to unistall SQL on the first node and start over fresh. having one node on each site and using HP XP24000 as storage solution with Cluster Extension. But the SQL Server setup fails during “disk qulifications check” when I am trying to add the passive node to the SQL Server Cluster. I am not familiar with the Cluster Extension XP. Reply 2.So we are having multi-site cluster. on October 14. XP24000 is providing the drives on each node (i. SQL Server setup completed on Active node successfully. Setup /SkipRules=Cluster_VerifyForErrors /Action=InstallFailoverCluster Can you please suggest me something on this problem? Reply daveberm said. 2009 at 5:26 pm . replicated drives not shared drives). 2009 at 8:08 am Thank you for your time. do you see the disks at all in the “Available shared disks:” panel? If not.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Subscribe to comments with RSS. Let me re-write question for better understanding of problem… we are having following situation: . 1. Mahar said.e. having the network drives (HP XP24000 Cluster Extension) which are only accessible by node B . 2009 at 6:26 pm I think the command line you used should work. on October 14.Site A is having Node A. having the network drives (HP XP24000 Cluster Extension) which are only accessible by node A . I am having Two SQL Server Sites. So are you failing on the wizard screen “Cluster Disk Selection”? If so. Hi.Site B is having Node A. Unfortunately. but it looks like page 100-130 of this manual have the instructions you need to add the XP Resource to your cluster. and installed SQL Server Failover Cluster on Active node by bypassing the Failover Cluster verifications. as the SQL Server Setup investigates the disks and dependent resouces on disks. if you have not already done this and used a basic Volume resource for your first node. I have also removed the disk dependcies using Windows Failover Cluster Management and all disks are also in same group. one node at a site with File Share and node majority (File Share on Third site) clusteringformeremortals.

daveberm said.HP has configured the replication of disks but disks are not visible to both Nodes While adding the node B into the FOC of node A. There has to be some way (provided by HP) to trick SQL into thinking the volume on NODE1 is also available on NODE2. . but is actually a replicated volume resource that controlls I/O fencing and mirror diection. on November 22. I would expect the results you are seeing. and installed SQL Server 2008 FOC on Node A .How can I bypass Shared Disks check? . please feel free to comment. 2009 at 6:37 pm Have you read the manual for your storage? I have not used your storage device in a multi-node cluster. I’d be glad to write up a step-bystep guide for multi-site SQL clusters using HP XP storage Reply 3. ROss Mistry. on November 21.Is it because I add mistakenly executed the setup with wrong parameter? Thanks. Or if anyone wants to send me some free HP storage arrays with Cluster Extension XP. 2009 at 10:55 pm Thanks Ross! Reply clusteringformeremortals. configured the File witness. SQL MVP said. I am not sure how HP does this. Your best bet it to get an HP storage specialist on the phone to help you out From what you told me. Reply daveberm said.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 51/62 . Ross Mistry Author – Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed and SQL Server 2008 Management and Administration Twitter @RossMistry Reply 4. It is not 100% clear to me how this plays into the configuration of your cluster. SteelEye does this by replacing the Physical Disk resourc with its own cluster resource that looks and feels like a Physical Disk. on October 16. we don’t need to have shared storage then why does SQL Server Setup is checking up the Shared Disks? .As its mentioned in multi-site cluster documentation. If there is anyone out there reading this who knows. 2009 at 3:06 am Great article and thanks for the reference. If you assign a volume to NODE1 and a different volume to NODE2 then I would expect SQL add-node to fail because the storage used on NODE1 is not available on NODE2. SQL Server Setup check’s the “shared disk check” at “Setup Support Rules” step.I was able to create the DTC Service.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals . but it looks like it may be dependent upon the Volume resource. but from what I understand it looks like you need to add the “Cluster Extension XP” resource type to WSFC.

•SameSubnetThreshold—Missed heartbeats before an interface is considered down. 2010 at 1:58 am With Windows Server 2008 and above. SQL . Gareth Reply daveberm said. Gary Arctic said. how do you get your changed data back to the primary server when you are ready to fail back? Thanks. In this example. 2010 at 8:19 am I read some posts here once in a while but this is best one i’ve read so far Reply 7. your data is synchronised from the primary server to the secondary server. Default is five heartbeats. on September 6. 2010 at 3:32 pm Gareth.. so when the failed server comes back online just the changed blocks are sent.] Reply 6. I do however have one question… in the case of a failover to a remote site. •CrossSubnetDelay—Frequency heartbeats are sent to nodes on dissimilar subnets.. Just what I needed to help plan a proof of concept. Reply 8.. on February 25. you can configure each of the various settings related to latency of heartbeat responses and number of missed messages before a location is considered unavailable. The key values you want to tune would be: •SameSubnetDelay—Frequency heartbeats are sent. In the case of DataKeeper as soon as the failed server comes back online it assumes the role of mirror “target” and a partial resync begins automatically. Aber um [. Gareth Saunders said. Default is one second. how do you fail back? ie..MCSEboard. Once all the changes are sent the mirror goes back to a normal mirroring state and you can then bring the original server back online via the Failover Cluster GUI.: Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 ? Part 3 Clustering … Ich bin davon ausgegangen. but during a fail over when you are working on the secondary server. 2009 at 8:42 am [. Basically while it is offline the source of the mirror tracks the changed blocks in an intent log.Cluster . on December 15.Shared Nothing . dass ich die Datenbanken mit Boardmittel replizieren kann.de MCSE Forum said.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 52/62 . 2010 at 5:42 am Great article. on December 7.] glaube ich habe schon gefunden was ich nicht wollte …. •CrossSubnetThreshold—Missed heartbeats before an interface is considered down to nodes on dissimilar clusteringformeremortals.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals 5. on September 16. daveberm said. Default is one second.

exe command line interface and the Set-Cluster PowerShell cmdlet. 2010 at 5:25 pm Jamie.] http://clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ . You just want to make sure your bandwidth can handle your rate of change. 2011 at 6:17 pm [. This should tell you everything you need to know. SQL Server 2008 multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 « 偶有所得 said. [.. on February 9. Best regards. on January 3. 2010 in review « Clustering For Mere Mortals said. on December 13. [. In order to facilitate automatic failover to the remote location you must deploy an even number of cluster nodes and you must locate your file share witness in a 3rd location. on July 11. if not I’d be glad to answer any questions. SQL Server 2008. filed under SQL Server. on December 13...] Reply 12. Biggest problem usually involves bandwidth.. The most popular post that day was Step-byStep: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3... Dave Very good series. posted on 2011 年 02 月 09 日 at 01:14:52.] The busiest day of the year was August 18th with 347 views. Reply 9.. I blogged about the difference between clustering SQL and clustering at the VM layer here. 2010 at 5:11 pm clusteringformeremortals.] Reply 11. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. 2011 at 11:36 pm 53/62 Jamie said. When I failover the VM server housing the SQL server there’s no user impact.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-… This entry was written by byronhu. Thanks Reply daveberm said.. David Bermingham Reply 10.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals subnets. What is the main difference between installing SQL Server 2008 multi-site cluster and installing one instance of SQL 2008 on one VM server within a failover cluster? I have done that and it seems to work very well. You can configure these with the cluster. Talmer de Gouvea said. Question. 2011 at 1:14 am [. 張貼留言 或發出引用通知:引用網址。 « 我還可以安穩 10 年嗎? LikeBe the first to like this post. Second issue is quorum settings. I’m not a SQL expert so I’d just like to know the significant differnce. Bookmark the permalink. Default is five heartbeats.

OS is Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1. Reply 13. data storage is split in two LUNs (Logs and Data) on a Compellent Dell SAN. Can I have two storage resources for same SQL cluster instance? Reason I am asking is because we have two LUNs. on July 12.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Very good resource! I am trying to put my head straight with cluster setup. Can I have Windows SQL server 2008 mirror setup from the cluster to this server? If the cluster fails over to the other server. and on the setup it allowed to add only one storage resource (SQL cluster process. Questions: I have a production SQL server running four instances. data storage is split in two LUNs (Logs and Data) on a Compellent Dell SAN. Last question: I have a SQL server located geographically far from the cluster. Reply daveberm said. just wondering. whitch has been configured with same instances and mirrored databases. for windows everything goes fine). Can I have Windows SQL server 2008 mirror setup from the cluster to this server? If the cluster fails over to the other server. OS is Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1. on July 12. Rami Hachem said. and on the setup it allowed to add only one storage resource (SQL cluster process. this is a common configuration and will work without breaking the mirror. SQL Server 2008 sp1. one for Logs and the other one for Databases. would it brake the mirror? Any help would be much appreciated. for windows everything goes fine). 2011 at 3:09 am Questions: I have a production SQL server running four instances. Yes. Is it possible to install SQL cluster on those instances? I have tried to setup these instances with cluster but it is installing a new instance of SQL… You cannot convert existing instances into clustered instances.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 54/62 . Is it possible to install SQL cluster on those instances? I have tried to setup these instances with cluster but it is installing a new instance of SQL… Can I have two storage resources for same SQL cluster instance? Reason I am asking is because we have two LUNs. one for Logs and the other one for Databases. 2011 at 2:50 pm WOW! that is a great article. you can add a second volume resource after the cluster is created and move the log files to this volume Last question: I have a SQL server located geographically far from the cluster. can’t we use peer-to-peer replication with sql enterprise to achieve sql replication/mirroring? thanks Reply clusteringformeremortals. you must install new clustered instances and migrate the databases to the new cluster. SQL Server 2008 sp1. would it brake the mirror? Yes. along with windows cluster. whitch has been configured with same instances and mirrored databases. Any help would be much appreciated.

2011 at 7:49 am Much appreciated your response. Is there and recommendation on this configuration? Appreciate any help. The other replication methods are not as robust in terms of client redirection and not every application is going to work in these environments. Backup & Log Files and MS Dtc. but it does have limitations such as lack of support for SQL instances that use distribute transactions. on July 12. Peer-to-Peer replication is not something that I would consider as an option for high-availability as writes are generally limited to one of the nodes. it saved me lots of wondering. transaction logs.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals daveberm said. transaction replication and peer to peer replication as you mention. In general Peer-to-Peer replication requires a lot more thought and planning vs Database Mirroring or Log Shipping. Talmer said. Each instance is divided in DATA.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 55/62 . clusteringformeremortals. so you have to understand exactly what you want to do. 2011 at 3:09 pm There are certainly a few ways to move data between SQL Servers. which are much better suited for simple database replication. So far I have installed one SQL instance (clustered) with a mirror to another server. Even the new SQL Denali HADRON does not support databases that use distributed transactions. – I used (msdtc -tmMappingSet -name “Mapping1″ -service “MSSQL$SQL2008ENT” -clusterResourceName “MSDTC-Cluster2008Dtc”). It’s going to be a big help to me as I am just about to implement this very thing! Thanks for saving me at least several hours! Reply 15. Reply 14. With a multisite SQL Server cluster client redirection is automatic and supports any application as the SQL instance name is moved between cluster nodes. combatdba said. Each solution has strengths and weaknesses. Most of the other techniques I mention replicate at the individual database layer. If that node goes away you have to reconfigure your application and your peer-to-peer replication scheme. A multisite SQL Server cluster as described in this article is going to give you the most complete protection as it replicates the entire SQL instance. including log shipping. and I am still on the process of gathering information and best practices prior deploying it to a production environment. Now I have three instances to setup in the cluster. although it does offer some pretty significant enhancements and is worth investigating. Thank you. CRM and a few others in-house application databases. Apart of mapping MS Dtc application to a SQL instance. Questions: How large should be each MS Dtc LUN (one for each SQL instance)? Ex: For an instance 500 GB large and hosting SharePoint. The other factor you have to consider is client redirection. I am planning to use four LUNs for each SQL instance and one for Quorum storage. 2011 at 1:41 am This is the most comprehensive article I’ve found yet on this subject. database mirroring. is there any other tunning I should do in DTC for best performance and further troubleshooting? Last question: I have a total of 13 LUNs to setup in my environment. on July 27. Of these other methods Database Mirroring comes the closest in terms of automatic failover and client redirection. on August 1.

(Yes. on August 11. 2011 at 2:55 pm Note also that Windows. so it still appears to pass through some of the information. since you likely want to do "manual failback" in the WAN] This will make install of the second node easier/faster. 2011 at 2:44 pm I stand corrected – the password information doesn’t get passed through. they place your “Hearbeat NIC” FIRST in the NIC binding order. and that you didn’t really cover. on the “General” tab. in Microsoft’s infinite wisdom. Live and learn! Reply 18.” ON the PRIMARY (First) NODE (after the “Your SQL failover cluster installation is complete” message) 1) Go to the Windows Failover Cluster Manager and modify the SQL cluster service 2) Under “Services and Applications. accurate (in most cases) because. under Preferred owners. Jeff said. on August 11. Jeff said. is setting the SQL Server clustered service General and Failover parameters on the First node. Saves you some time and effort from having to re-enter the accounts/passwords on the 2nd node. when you first form the actual “Windows cluster. even after you set proper NIC binding order. Thanks! Reply 16. Jeff said.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 56/62 . and “Immediately” button – IF that is right for your environment [WARNING: IF you are using replication across the WAN. saving the re-entering of the accounts themselves. One thing that I thought you may like to know. on August 11.” Highlight “SQL Server” and Right-click 3) Select “Properties. that will save you an added step and a bit of time. Reply 17. BEFORE your section “Install the second cluster node. you have a few questions there that I don’t know the answers to off the top of my head. first off – WONDERFUL article! I very much appreciate your sharing the brain dump.” the message is. making the 2nd node aware of the already-existing “Service Account settings” from the 1st/Primary node. tune these as desired. as it will form a portion of the SQL Cluster.” and then. may give you a bogus error in the “SQL Server Setup – Configuration Check Report” – First off. Example: Leave "Prevent failback" selected. 2011 at 9:44 pm Wow – it is probably best to post this question to one of the Windows forums if haven’t already done so.” 4) Put a check-mark in both nodes (ensure PRIMARY node is listed 1st as “preferred owner”) 5) Ensure the service is set to “auto-start” 6) Click “Failover” tab 7) Choose “Allow failback” button. but I’m sure that someone in the forums will be able to answer them before I have the time to look them up. 2011 at 2:39 pm Dave. even before SQL is installed on the 2nd node). on August 24. moving your actual cluster/domain NIC to the 2nd position in the clusteringformeremortals.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Reply daveberm said. but the accounts are recognized. indeed.

2011 at 4:54 pm I have seen this same bug on a pretty consistent basis.. Warning The domain network is not the first bound network.] Reply 21.] SQL Server 2008 multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 http://clusteringformeremortals. on August 18.” There may be a registry fix or SP for this (have yet to put SQL 2008 R2 SP1 on – will do that in a few moments).. Hi. Useful Links: #Clustering on Windows Server 2008/R2 – #SQL Server 2008/R2 Failover Cluster #MSCS « The Future is…Cloudy said.. Useful Links: #Clustering on Windows Server 2008/R2 – #SQL Server 2008/R2 Failover Cluster #MSCS « The Future is…Cloudy said. disk and other configuration parameter take vital role into this? clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-… [.. BUT. Can you please let me know how is the hardware configuration required if I want to install Cluster (through VMWare or through Starwind Virtual Environment)? How much memory. Thanks for pointing that out! Reply 19. This will cause domain operations to run slowly and can cause timeouts that result in failures. Ravi said. “IsDomainNetworkTopOfBindings Checks to see if the computer domain server is on the network that is bound to the top of the network order. Thanks!! Reply 22.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 57/62 Guest said..] Reply 20. on August 11. Change Adapater Settings).3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals network binding order. on October 14. STILL the “binding order” is reported as incorrect – clearly a Microsoft bug. AND then you fully reboot everything. even after you correct the binding order (via a HIDDEN “Alt-N” command in Network and Sharing Center.. 2011 at 6:32 pm [. on September 22. 2011 at 12:32 am . Reply daveberm said..] SQL Server 2008 multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 http://clusteringformeremortals..com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-… [. 2011 at 6:32 pm [. on August 18. 2011 at 8:14 pm Excellant step-by-step article Dave!! I was able to easily follow thru the steps and get the cluster going. Use the Windows network advanced configuration to change the binding order.

how much memory. if I want to install Windows Cluster on a virtual environment using VMWare. however. on October 15. 1 node as a DR (multi site). Thanks in advance.] http://blogs..com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-… Network Load Balancing Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this [. Reply 23. Does this make sense? Reply 24. Simply because you have SAN replication does not automatically mean you can build a multisite cluster – it must have cluster integration. Reply daveberm said. My question is how and where do you tell the sql server node to use mirrored SAN on the DR site.. on December 20. we are implementing SAN replication. Phani said. great article.. on December 20. 2011 at 2:41 pm In order to use SAN replication your SAN provider must provide some sort of cluster integration. if you want to build a multisite cluster you will need SRDF CLuster Enabler. anonymous said..msdn. EMC’s SRDF is a great SAN replication product. but within the same cluster.] Reply 25. disk I need to have as a min set of requirement so that I can set up the Cluster.. Reply clusteringformeremortals.. If they don’t have an answer you can always use a host based replication such as DataKeeper CLuster Edition as those types of solutions work with any storage type. on December 13. Phani Reply daveberm said. 2011 at 2:40 pm [.com/b/clustering/archive/2008/01/18/7151154. on October 14. 2011 at 12:41 am I meant.aspx SQL Cluster : http://clusteringformeremortals. Sometimes this is a helper resource that rides on top of the disk resource or sometimes the disk resource is replaced entirely.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 58/62 . 2011 at 10:41 pm not sure what you mean. SharePoint Farm Installation | Sharepoint Sriram said.We are planning to implement the same but with 3 node clustering.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Regards. 2011 at 10:27 am Hi. Best to speak with your hardware provider. For example.

Florentk said. How can i setup the replication from shared volume to the single? and above all i wonder how the failover and failback will proceed? These questions are mainly about scaling out in order to provide high availability from a local site perspective first. Regards Reply daveberm said. 2012 at 10:06 pm Great article.You are one of them. Many thanks once again. am i right? Second question: imagine i have 2 nodes on one site using shared volumes and another 1 node on the other site with his own volume. The volume réplication using SIOS DataKeeper is a 1 to 1 replication design. 2012 at 4:10 pm Thanks for the note. This article illustrates a 1 to 1 design. It also supports a mixed shared/replicated model. on February 19. Regards. Zainu Reply 27. Best regards. 2012 at 12:05 pm Hello DaveBerm. so you can build 2 x 1 or 2 x 2 type models as well. very good Article.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals 26. on February 19. I was trying to see the limites of such architecture. I’ve written about other configurations in some of my other articles. on January 18. Dave Bermingham clusteringformeremortals. then intregrated with Disasster Recovery and still High availability. Here is one of those articles: http://clusteringformeremortals.I had this query if we can set failover cluster across different physical sites from the very first day I had set up SQL Server failover cluster and your explanation had answered all my queries.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 59/62 . DataKeeper supports multiple targets. Zainudeen said. so you could build 1 x 1 x 1 x 1 type designs. Which means that the cluster is limited to 2 nodes if using local drives at each site. but by no means is that the limits of the application.There are few people who write on different and rare stuffs which are tough to experiment.com/2011/04/29/microsoft-multisite-cluster-users-rejoice-it-is-nowpossible-to-have-automatic-failover-in-a-3-node-cluster/ http://clusteringformeremortals.com/2011/04/06/step-by-step-how-to-extend-a-traditional-microsoftshared-storage-failover-cluster-into-a-multisite-cluster-with-hybrid-sharedreplicated-storage-usingsteeleye-datakeeper-cluster-edition/ If you have any questions or opportunities let me know and I’d be glad to get on the phone with you.

on March 26.] Reply 30. SQL Server 2012 “Standard Edition” Availability Options « Clustering For Mere Mortals said. Don said. 2012 at 4:25 pm I’ve never tried. Fhatuwani said. 2012 at 9:45 am Thank you for the post. on May 1. 2012 at 6:57 pm [.. you don’t have a SAN? Or you’d rather build a solution that eliminates the SAN as a single point of failure and instead allows you to use data replication [. a 2-node multisite cluster is possible with SQL Server Standard Edition. Mirror Witness and General DBA Management Instances) as Microsoft does not have a way to mirror the distributor database and/or the mirror witness functionality. Of course.] that you say. on May 1. Reply 29. Regards Christo Pretorius Reply 31. Serge Vedrine said. What is wrong with the default name? If you do it. on April 5. 2012 at 8:33 pm 60/62 clusteringformeremortals.. 2012 at 4:18 pm Yes. My first Geographically Dispersed SQL Server Instance (GeDiSSIn in short) is up and running. 2012 at 9:41 am Hi.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ . on April 13. 2012 at 4:14 pm Does a SQL Server 2008 R2 geo-cluster (multi-site cluster) is possible with Standard Edition? Reply daveberm said. let me know how it works out for you.. Christo Pretorius said..3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Reply 28. on March 22. on October 2. The crosssubnet failover feature in SQL 2012 is only available in the Enterprise Edition. And what I just found out is that even with SQL 2012 Standard edition you will still need to span subnets. I’m using SteelEye for my supporting database servers (Distributor. Reply 32. you will have to span your subnet as SQL 2008 R2 does not support cluster nodes in different subnets. what happens if i create my own custom resource group name instead of letting SQL create it for me? Reply daveberm said.

LDF of the all databases. In the event of failure. and the distributer DB? Is that it? Reply daveberm said. But Instead of Data Keeper can I use any alternate which is freely downloadable or any thing offered by Microsoft. Reply Leave a Reply Enter your comment here. Transact. on January 18. 2013 at 7:50 am Excellent Post…! Thanks alot. same as a traditional shared storage cluster. 2012 at 9:11 pm All of the system and user defined databases and log files should reside on the replicated volumes.. Node 2 will become the publisher to those same subscribers.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Node 1 is a SQL replication publisher doing Merge. Categories DataKeeper Fundraising High Availability Hyper-V iSCSI Kerio SQL SRM Uncategorized virtualization VMware vSphere Windows Server 8 My Tweets WSFC 61/62 clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ . 2013 at 2:42 pm Microsoft does not have a host based replication solution for clustering nor is there anything freely available for download. Reply daveberm said. SPADMIN said. Reply 33. What SQL files will I need to replicate with SteelEye DataKeeper Cluster? The MDF. and Snapshot to its subscribers. on October 2. on January 18..

me/pArBD-at 1 week ago Why can't people understand that 2-node cluster with no witness (disk or otherwise) is just a bad idea.3 by Lucian Marin. Theme: The Journalist 1. 3 weeks ago @SQLCraftsman twitpic. #MVP13 #WHATILEARNED 3 weeks ago @SQLCraftsman just a few of us here. I had my fill last year.3/19/13 Step-by-Step: Configuring a 2-node multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3 | Clustering For Mere Mortals Special offer for Microsoft MVPs – free DataKeeper! wp.com/c5i9ra bar at Paddy Coynes is still open #MVP13 3 weeks ago Previous Posts March 2013 (1) February 2013 (2) January 2013 (2) December 2012 (4) November 2012 (4) October 2012 (1) September 2012 (1) June 2012 (2) April 2012 (3) March 2012 (2) January 2012 (2) September 2011 (3) August 2011 (1) July 2011 (1) May 2011 (2) April 2011 (4) March 2011 (4) January 2011 (1) December 2010 (1) October 2010 (1) June 2010 (2) May 2010 (1) March 2010 (4) January 2010 (4) December 2009 (2) November 2009 (3) October 2009 (1) September 2009 (5) August 2009 (4) July 2009 (2) Blog at WordPress. 1 week ago Windows2012 + SMB 3 + FlashDrive + DataKeeper = blazing fast highly available storage for Hyper-V and SQL. rather sit and eat and drink in comfort. clusteringformeremortals.com.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-–-part-3/ 62/62 .

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