Creating a Windows Server Failover Cluster

1 hour
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

You are working on configuring your Windows Server environment for high availability. As part of the effort, you want to create a failover cluster between your application servers. You want to make sure that the application servers are configured properly so they can be added to a failover cluster. In order to do this, in this hands-on lab, you are going to be installing the Failover Clustering feature and using it to validate and create a failover cluster.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Configure the Active Directory Domain Services Environment
Deploy the Windows Server Failover Clustering Feature
  • Deploy the Failover Clustering feature on server1
  • Deploy the Failover Clustering feature on server2
Configure the Failover Cluster
  • Open the Failover Cluster Manager with the Domain Admin credentials
  • Add server1 and server2 to the cluster
  • Perform cluster validation
  • Create the failover cluster

Additional Resources

Lab Prerequisites

You should be familiar with the following to use this hands-on lab:

  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Windows Server Failover Clustering

Lab Setup

This lab will require the use of an Active Directory domain, so the first thing that will need to be done will be to configure the domain. Because this environment will be set up on Azure Virtual Machines, there will be a few Azure-specific steps that will need to be taken and will be delineated in the lab objectives.

Lab Files

The lab files needed for configuring the Active Directory Domain Services environment can be accessed via the GitHub repository for this lab.

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