SQL Failover Cluster – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1 of this series on SQL Server Failover Clustering, the next step after Creating the SAN Target is to Create the Windows Failover Cluster. This subject has been covered in Windows Failover Clustering http://level7techgroup.com/blog/?p=406, so this post will present the detailed steps that I took in the process to create a windows failover cluster.

Let’s get started.

Connect to the SAN Target

Launch the iSCSI Initiator from Administrative Tools.

1. Use the iSCSI Initiator to connect the server to the SAN Target. Type in the IP Address of the SAN Target. Click Quick Connect.

Create FC iSCSI Target tab

Create FC iSCSI Target tab

2.  The available targets are displayed in the window. Highlight the ones you want to work with and click the Connect button.

Create FC iSCSI Quick Connect

Create FC iSCSI Quick Connect

3.  The SAN will appear in the Discovery Tab.

Create FC iSCSI Discovery tab

Create FC iSCSI Discovery tab

4.  The SAN target files will appear in the Favorite Targets tab.

Create FC iSCSI Favorite Targets

Create FC iSCSI Favorite Targets

5. Use Server Manager | Disk Management to view the disks mapped to the SAN Target. Initially, you will see that they are offline. Click the icon to bring them online. Next, assign a drive leter, volume letter and format the disk.

Create FC Disk Manager

Create FC Disk Manager

Create the Failover Cluster

Launch the Failover Cluster Manager located in Administrative Tools. Click the Create Cluster link to start the Wizard. Note that the servers that will be cluster members must have the Failover Cluster Feature installed.

 6. Run validation tests. Select the servers to include in the Cluster. As you browse or type in the name of the server, click Add and it will appear in the Selected Servers list.

Create FC Validation Tests

Create FC Validation Tests

7. Select the default Run All tests as the best option. It provides for an extensive series of tests on the server, network, storage and failover mechanisms to insure that the cluster will perform as expected.

Create FC Testing Options

Create FC Testing Options

8. Any errors will be red flagged here. Click the View Report button to bring up the report in a browser. You are able to zero in on errors by following the hyperlinks provided to get a detailed explanation.

Create FC Summary

Create FC Summary

9. The Access Point defines the name as it will appear in the Management Console and the IP Address of the cluster on the network. In order for clients, i.e., web front-ends, to connect to the failover cluster, the device has to have a network identity. In the window, we’re using the cluster name (L7TGSQLFC) and an IP address (192.168.100.199). Click Next to continue.

Create FC Define Access Point

Create FC Define Access Point

10. A lot of activity will be taking place while the cluster is being created. If there are no problems, the successful completion will be show. Click Finish.

Create FC Summary

Create FC Summary

11. The new cluster (L7TGSQLFC.L7TG.LCL) appears under its fully qualified domain name (FQDN) in the Failover Cluster Manager.

Create FC Managment Console

 This completes the Windows Failover Cluster creation. The next step is to Create the clustered Microsoft Data Transformation Coordinator (MSDTC) Service which is covered in Part 3.

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