Implementing Failover Clustering for Scale-out File Servers

Practice Labs Module
Time
52 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate

The "Implementing Failover Clustering for Scale-Out File Servers" module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics.This module includes the following exercises: Preparing System Requirements for Failover Clustering, Install and Configure Failover Clustering, Install File Server...

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Overview

Introduction

The Implementing Failover Clustering for Scale-Out File Servers module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics.This module includes the following exercises:

  • Preparing System Requirements for Failover Clustering
  • Install and Configure Failover Clustering
  • Install File Server Role on Failover Cluster
  • Manage Failover Clustering

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Implement single domain failover clusters
  • Managing disk quorum, cluster shared volume and cluster networking
  • Restore cluster configuration
  • Implement scale-out file server resiliency

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Preparing System Requirements for Failover Clustering

A failover cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to enhance the availability of applications and services. Failover clusters provide fault tolerance/high availability of network services. If one of the nodes in the cluster fails, the other node takes over and begins to provide the service—a process known as failover.

The failover clusters are actively monitored to verify that the nodes are working properly. If a node is not working, it is restarted or moved to another node. Failover clusters provide a Clustered Shared Volume or CSV functionality that provides a distributed namespace that clustered roles can use to access shared storage from all nodes of the cluster. By using Failover Clustering, users experience minimal downtime in accessing network services.

Exercise 2 - Install and Configure Failover Clustering

Installation of Failover Clustering can be done either in graphical user interface (GUI-based) program like Server Manager or through the command line via Windows PowerShell.

Exercise 3 - Install File Server Application to the Failover Cluster

In this exercise, you will add the File Server application and test it for Failover Cluster.

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