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5th February 2010

How To Build a Windows Cluster with Virtual PC and iSCSI – Part III

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The Add Nodes Wizard analyzes the configuration of your second cluster node and reports any issues it finds. In this example, as with the first node in the cluster, the Wizard has detected that there is only one network interface and flags this as a warning. This doesn’t affect the ability of the cluster to function in a test environment so click Next to continue

On the Cluster Service Account screen you need to re-enter the cluster service account password and then click Next to continue

The Proposed Cluster Configuration dialog box summarizes the cluster configuration. Click Next

The Add Nodes Wizard adds the second node to the cluster and configures the cluster resources. As soon as the progress bar displays green you can click Next to continue

On the final Add Nodes Wizard screen you can view the cluster configuration log and then click Finish to close the wizard

To validate the second node open the Cluster Administrator snap-in and check that both nodes are online and that all the cluster resources are also online.

If you have followed the steps in the three articles in this series then you should now have a fully functioning Windows Server cluster running under Microsoft Virtual PC. You can go ahead and test your cluster by either failing over to the second node or by simply switching off the Node A virtual machine which will simulate a complete node failure. If everything works as it should you will see all of the cluster resources failover and come online on Node B

You are now ready to start installing cluster-aware applications on your virtual test cluster. In a follow-up article I will demonstrate how to install IIS 6.0 in a Windows 2003 cluster.

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  1. 1 On July 21st, 2010, Thomas said:

    Very good article for how to configure server2003 Cluster!!! Look forward your next article!

  2. 2 On September 7th, 2010, Thomas said:


    I am looking forward your next post “how to install IIS 6.0 in a Windows 2003 cluster.”.


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