Windows Cluster Volume Mount Points

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Adding Volume Mount Points to a Windows Failover Cluster

Windows Cluster – Adding Volume Mount Points

1. I have three empty shared iSCSI drives connected to my server. Disk2 I will be using as my V: and will be the root volume mount point. Disk 3 and Disk 4 will contain mount1 and mount2 volume mount points.


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2. Open up your Failover Cluster Manager. Right click Storage and select Add a disk.


Microsoft Windows Cluster Volume Mount Points

3. First up we’ll select the Disk 2 and Disk 3. I won’t be selecting Disk 4 yet as I want to show you later on how to add a volume mount point to an existing setup. Click Ok.


Microsoft Windows Cluster Volume Mount Points

4. Disk 2 and Disk 3 have now been added to the Cluster and brought online.


Microsoft Windows Cluster Volume Mount Points

5. Jump back into Disk Management. Right click on Disk 2 and select New Simple Volume.


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6. The New Simple Volume Wizard pops up. Click Next.


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7. For the root volume mount point, which is going to be V:, I have only created a 250MB volume. It doesn’t need to be any bigger. Click Next.


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8. I will assign the letter V: and click Next.


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9. Type in Volume Mounts in the Volume Label field and click Next.


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10. The wizard is now complete, and you have successfully setup your root volume mount. Click Finish.


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11. Back in Disk Management, right click on Disk 3 and select New Simple Volume. At the screen asking you to assign a Drive Letter or Path select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder and click Browse.


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12. Select the V: and click on New Folder.


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13. For the new Folder, type in a name, I will type in Mount 1 and click Ok.


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14. The mount point will be V:Mount1 Click Next.


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15. Format the volume and give it a volume label. I will label this volume mount point as Mount1. Click Next.


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16. A summary of your volume is displayed. click Finish.


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17. Disk 3 is now formatted and ready for use.


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18. If you open up your Failover Cluster Manager you can see that Cluster Disk 3 has a mounted volume of V:Mount1.


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19. Now suppose you have all your disks setup and you wish to add another volume mount point, which in this case is Disk 4.


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20. In Failover Cluster Manager, right click the Storage Folder and select Add a disk.


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21. Select Cluster Disk 4 and click Ok.


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22. The disk is added into the cluster resources and brought online.


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23. Back in Disk Management, right click on Disk 4 and select New Simple Volume.


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24. The wizard begins, click Next.


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25. Select the size of the volume and click Next.


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26. Select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder and click Browse.


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27. Select the V: and click on New Folder. I will give this new volume mount point folder a name of Mount 2. Click Ok.


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28. The volume mount point is presented as V:Mount2 Click Next.


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29. Format the volume and give it a Volume Label of Mount 2. Click Next and then Finish.


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30. In your Failover Cluster Manager you can now see Cluster Disk 4 with a volume mount point of V:Mount2 along with the other volume mount points.


Microsoft Windows Cluster Volume Mount Points

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