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Win2K3 MSCS Not Finding Shared Disks

I have been attempting to install MSCS on a Windows 2003 cluster and when I create the cluster on the first node it gives me the following error: 0x0713DE The quorum disk could not be located by the cluster service It then offers to create the cluster with a local quorum. Further when I go through with the installation and try to add a physical disk resource the dropdown comes up blank. The servers are configured with a local raid 5 array for the OS and a shared raid array which is using raid 5 as well and has it’s own controller. I have done the installation using the Guide to Creating and Configuring a Server Cluster located on the MS site. I have tried re-partitioning the shared disk as one partition (it was orignally 2 logical partitions 1 for the quorum 1 for the shared data disk). The disks are set to basic. I am at a loss here I cannot understand why the clustering services cannot see the shared disk. I tested the disk after setting it up on each node by creating a file and reading and deleting it on each node and it seemed to work fine. I can see the shared disks in the windows explorer as well. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.
I don’t know enough of the variables to offer specific advice, but I recommend that you have at least two shared drives. One for the quorum and one for the data. This should be your goal. Also, ensure that all of your hardware is approved as a system in the Microsoft HCL. Before installing clustering, be sure that you have set up both partition and can see them in Disk Administrator and in Explorer. Also, be sure that the second node of the cluster is off during this time. Once you have verified that node one can see the shared array partitions, then turn off node one and then do the same to node two. Also be sure that all of the hardware is configured correctly with the most recent drivers. Never have both nodes turned on at the same time before clustering services is installed. —————————–
Brad M. McGehee, MVP