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.
2. Open up your Failover Cluster Manager. Right click Storage and select Add a disk.
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.
4. Disk 2 and Disk 3 have now been added to the Cluster and brought online.
5. Jump back into Disk Management. Right click on Disk 2 and select New Simple Volume.
6. The New Simple Volume Wizard pops up. Click Next.
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.
8. I will assign the letter V: and click Next.
9. Type in Volume Mounts in the Volume Label field and click Next.
10. The wizard is now complete, and you have successfully setup your root volume mount. Click Finish.
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.
12. Select the V: and click on New Folder.
13. For the new Folder, type in a name, I will type in Mount 1 and click Ok.
14. The mount point will be V:Mount1 Click Next.
15. Format the volume and give it a volume label. I will label this volume mount point as Mount1. Click Next.
16. A summary of your volume is displayed. click Finish.
17. Disk 3 is now formatted and ready for use.
18. If you open up your Failover Cluster Manager you can see that Cluster Disk 3 has a mounted volume of V:Mount1.
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.
20. In Failover Cluster Manager, right click the Storage Folder and select Add a disk.
21. Select Cluster Disk 4 and click Ok.
22. The disk is added into the cluster resources and brought online.
23. Back in Disk Management, right click on Disk 4 and select New Simple Volume.
24. The wizard begins, click Next.
25. Select the size of the volume and click Next.
26. Select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder and click Browse.
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.
28. The volume mount point is presented as V:Mount2 Click Next.
29. Format the volume and give it a Volume Label of Mount 2. Click Next and then Finish.
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.
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