Welcome to the Install and Configure a Failover Cluster Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Prepare System Requirements for Failover Clustering
  • Exercise 2 - Install and Configure Failover Clustering
  • Exercise 3 - Install File Server Role on Failover Cluster
  • Exercise 4 - Manage Failover Clustering

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Configure system requirements to prepare Windows server computers for failover clustering
  • Configure iSCSI target server and iSCSI initiators
  • Install Failover Clustering feature
  • Install File Server role
  • Test high availability of a file share

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Understand business continuity - clustering

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 90 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Prepare 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.

In this exercise, you will set up the system requirements to successfully create a failover cluster to provide fault tolerance to scale-out file servers.

Exercise 2 - Install and Configure Failover Clustering

The essential system prerequisites on the two cluster nodes PLABDM01 and PLABSA01 were successfully set up in the previous activity. The next phase is the installation of Failover Clustering feature which can be done either in graphical user interface (GUI-based) program like Server Manager or through the command line via Windows PowerShell.

In this exercise, you will install failover clustering then set up the configuration of this service to provide high availability to server-based applications.

Exercise 3 - Install File Server Role on Failover Cluster

Failover clusters have many practical applications such as highly available file share storage for server-based programs like Microsoft SQL Server and Hyper-V virtual machines. Similarly, it can provide highly available clustered roles on hosts or on virtual machines that are installed that are installed on servers running Hyper-V feature.

Fault tolerance through the proper implementation of Failover Clustering is possible for an array of network services such as DHCP, Hyper-V, File Server among others. In this exercise, you will add the File Server role and validate its high available with the Failover Cluster feature.

Exercise 4 - Manage Failover Clustering

In this exercise, you will test the high availability of File Server service using Failover Clustering. You can adjust the failover, failback and preferred owner settings to control the way the failover cluster responds when an application or server stops.

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