On the domain controller, run the Failover Cluster Management console and click on Create Cluster. In the Select Servers window, add the servers to perform the role of nodes (NODE1 and NODE2).
- In Access Point for Administering the Cluster, - select the name and IP address of the cluster . This is basically all the information you need to put in. Clicking on Next in order confirmation then will begin the process of creating a cluster. After the wizard is finished you can view a report which describes the various activities constituting the cluster installation process.
After creating the cluster you need to configure the cluster services, e.g. a file serving capability. In the "Failover Cluster Management" console, right-click on the "Services and Applications" menu and select - "Configure a Service or Application ..."
In the wizard, mark the High Availability Wizard, next - File Server and click Next.
- Next Define the name of the file server and its IP address and click Next.
- In Select Storage mark the only available drive and click Next, then allow the wizard to configure a highly available file server. Now, you only need to provide resources to users.
- For this purpose, start the Failover Cluster Management console on the domain controller and right-click on the cluster name. Afterwards select Add a shared folder and click Browse to create a new directory
The next wizard window is mainly concerned with NTFS and access rights. Adjust them according to your own needs. You can access the shared cluster resources by typing \\[cluster_name]\
If you need auto failback you have to start the Failover Cluster Management console on the domain controller and select Properties after right-clicking on the cluster name. - Next, select preferred nodes and click Allow failback on the Failover tab.
To test the configuration, you can start copying a file to the cluster resources and then turn off NODE2. After a few seconds, control should be delegated to NODE1 and the copying should resume.