dedicate a network interface for cluster alone

pm priya 136 Reputation points

Hello All,

With Failover cluster manager, is there a way, i can dedicate a particular interface only for cluster and another interface only for ISCSI communication and one more for client access ONLY.

Any information on configuring MPIO and dedicating couple of interfaces only for ISCSI in Failvover cluster could be of great help.


Windows Server Clustering
Windows Server Clustering
Windows Server: A family of Microsoft server operating systems that support enterprise-level management, data storage, applications, and communications.Clustering: The grouping of multiple servers in a way that allows them to appear to be a single unit to client computers on a network. Clustering is a means of increasing network capacity, providing live backup in case one of the servers fails, and improving data security.
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  1. Xiaowei He 9,876 Reputation points


    Yes, we can configure the Cluster network dedicated for the cluster, dedicated for ISCSI storage, dedicated for client access.

    • Cluster Network


    Allow cluster network communication on this network
    Note: Clear the Allow clients to connect through this network check box.

    • Storage(iSCSI) Network


    Do not allow cluster network communication on this network

    • Management Network (Client access network)

    Settings (Enable Both following)

    Allow cluster network communication on this network
    Allow clients to connect through this network.


    Please check the following article for detailed information:

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    Thanks for your time!
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  1. pm priya 136 Reputation points

    Thanks Anne for the immediate response!

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  2. Priya 211 Reputation points

    Hello Anne,

    How are you doing,
    Have a follow up question on this same topic.

    With multiple interfaces configured with same subnet, then say network1 is configured with cluster and network2 with cluster+client, as part of fileserver role creation
    Add-ClusterFileServerRole is not assigning the static ip to the network2.

    Wondering is there a way i can configure the client network for the interfaces coming from same subnet. In this example, whichever interface is configured for cluster+client, it should assign the IP of the fileserver role,

    Thanks in advance for your time!

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