Creating a Failover Cluster or Adding a Cluster Node

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Before you can configure the cluster for the first time or add a server (node) to an existing failover cluster, you need to take the following preparatory steps:


Microsoft supports a failover cluster solution only if the complete configuration (servers, network, and storage) can pass all tests in the Validate a Configuration Wizard. In addition, all hardware components in the solution must be marked as "Certified for Windows Server 2008 R2."

To see the preceding steps in the context of a checklist, see Checklist: Create a Failover Cluster.

The following topics describe how to create a failover cluster or add a server (node) to a failover cluster:

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