SQL Server Performance

Windows Clustering

Discussion in 'SQL Server Clustering' started by auerclemens, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. auerclemens New Member

    Is it possible to set up a windows 2000 cluster without a shared disk (SCSI of Fibre channel)?
    When I set up my Windows 2000 Server as a cluster node with the cluscfg.exe -localqorum program, I can install the first node without a shared disk, but when I try to join my second node I get an error message:

    Unexpected setup error

    The system cannot find file specified

    Error ID: 2 (000000002)

    Can you pls give me advice
  2. bradmcgehee New Member

    No, you must have a shared array with either a SCSI or fiber connection. The only exception to this is if you use Virtual Server 2005, but that is for testing only, not for production.

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  3. auerclemens New Member

    Thank you very much for this info.

    My plan is to set up a test environment to check if our application is working within a cluster and so don't want to spend a lot of money for this test.

    What is the easiest/cheapest way I set up a scared disk.
    Is a normal SCSI disk enough?
  4. bradmcgehee New Member

    Officially, only SCSI devices on Microsoft's Hardware Compatability list can be used. Unofficially, a simple SCSI disk will probably work for a test (but not guaranteed.)

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  5. Argyle New Member

    If you have an MSDN license you could set up clustering with Virtual Server 2005 for testing purposes.

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