How to Set Up and Configure Failover Cluster in Microsoft Windows Server?

Windows server operating systems have a feature called Failover Clustering. For high availability and easier management of data and applications, it is a software solution that enables the connection of two servers (up to four servers in the Datacenter Server) into a cluster.
Failover cluster

What is Windows Server Failover clustering?

Windows Server Failover cluster (WSFC) are groups of independent connected computers to increase the availability and capacity of clustered roles (formerly known as clustered services and applications). Physical cables and software are needed to connect the clustered servers (called nodes). If one or more cluster nodes fail (a process known as failover), other nodes provide service. They are also actively monitored to ensure that clustered roles are functioning correctly. If any nodes are not working, they are restarted or moved.

In this blog we will show you step by step how to install Microsoft Windows failover cluster

Install Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) and File Server Role in server 1 and server 2

Install Windows Failover Cluster
Install Windows Server Failover Cluster

Add a 2 hard Disk of 10 GB in DC

Create RAID in DC

Create RAID in DC

Install ISCSI Role in DC

Install ISCSI Role in DC

Click on To Create

Click on to create
Select ISCSI Virtual Disk Location
Specify ISCSI virtual disk name
Specify ISCSI Virtual Disk Size
Assign ISCSI Target
Specify Target Name
Specify Access Servers
Specify access server 2

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Create new 5Gb storage HDD

Create New 5GB Storage HDD
Select ISCSI Virtual Disk Location
Specify ICSCE Virtual Disk Name
Specify ISCSI Virtual Disk Size

Click on Existing instead of new

Assign ISCSI target

Click On Create

Confirm Selection

Now disk are create one of 1Gb and other of 5 Gb

File and Storage Services

Go to server 1 and 2 and goto tool –> iscsi initatiator

In target type below IP and click on quick connect

ISCSI Initiator Properties

Click on volume and device and click on auto configure

ISCSI Initiator Properties 2

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Goto disk management and make online

Goto Disk Management

You will see both drives

You will see both driver

Goto server 1 and Validate

Goto Server 1

Click on browse and type IP of Server

Click on browse and type IP of server
Testing Options

Now click on create cluster and add only server 1

Select Servers
Validation Warning
Access Point

Click on add node and add server 2

Click on add note

Add witness disk

Add Witness Disk
Configure Cluster Quorum
Select Quorum Witness
Configure Storage Window
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Right Click on Add Role

Right Click on Add Role
Select Role
Select Role 1
Select Role 2
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