Storage appliances can be configured with a wide variety of hardware, and can be used as individual servers or combined into a high-availability solution using the failover cluster functionality in Windows. Windows Storage Server 2008 clusters can host highly available file services or iSCSI block storage using the optional iSCSI Software Target.
This paper will guide you through the process of configuring the networks, domains, clustering features and includes performance recommendations for a pair of Windows Storage Server 2008 appliances hosting both a file server and/or an iSCSI target in a high availability failover cluster.
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Table of Contents:
Failover Cluster Prerequisites Establish a Network Naming Convention TCP/IP Network Configuration Public Network Storage Network Heartbeat Network Procedures Prepare the Failover Cluster Create a Domain User Account Add Nodes to an Active Directory Domain Expose Storage to Cluster Nodes Install the Failover Cluster Feature Run Cluster Validation Create and Configure the Failover Cluster Create a Cluster Set Cluster Network Properties and Apply Naming Convention Create a Highly Available File Server Mapping User Folders to the Highly Available File Server Share Create a Highly Available iSCSI Target Configuring Windows Firewall for Microsoft iSCSI Software Target Installing the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target Create the Failover iSCSI Target Resource Group Create an iSCSI Target in the Microsoft iSCSI Target MMC Create and Configure Virtual Disks Connect Initiators Microsoft iSCSI Software Target Performance Recommendations Testing Your Failover Cluster Configuration
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