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Move File Cluster Witness to Azure storage account

Hi
I have a W2K8 Failover Cluster with 2 x nodes and currently I am using another server just to hold the Cluster Quorum witness.
Is there a way to use an Azure Storage Account to host the witness file?
I know that the "Configure a cloud witness" is not an option on W2K8 but can we do something clever with "Configure a file share witness" option?
Thanks, M

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Hi there,

You can follow the official Microsoft documentation over here on how to change the location for your witness:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/failover-clustering/manage-cluster-quorum#change-the-quorum-configuration-in-a-failover-cluster-by-using-failover-cluster-manager

And also can refer to this:

Changing Microsoft Failover Cluster File Share Witness
In addition, you can also consider that use of disk witness instead of file share witness if your cluster is not a S2D cluster. More often, I recommend using disk witness rather than file share witness.

Deploy a Cloud Witness for a Failover Cluster https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/failover-clustering/deploy-cloud-witness

Set up a cluster witness https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure-stack/hci/manage/witness



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AlexBykovskyi answered

Hi,

As an alternative, you can use StarWind VSAN to create Witness shared between your cluster nodes. The following guide should help with configuration:
https://www.starwindsoftware.com/resource-library/starwind-virtual-san-for-hyper-v-2-node-hyperconverged-scenario-with-windows-server-2016/

Cheers,

Alex Bykvoskyi

StarWind Software

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Hi and sorry for the late reply,

I tried to move the witness via powershell Azure files for W2K8 Failover Cluster but I keep getting a file not found.

I can map the folder fine on the clusters but not when I run the set-clusterquorum cmd.

Is this supported at all or can we make it work?

Thanks

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