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as a test, I am trying to create a 2 vm cluster which will be running

SQL Ent/W2k8 Ent

on ESX 4 Build 208167.

shared disks are .vmdk files stored on local VMFS voluome on the ESX host.

I followed the 'cluster in a box' procedure:

1 - Created a New vm, just like if it was a standalone server.

2 - Added a disk on SCSI bus 1:0 (original disk was on 0:0).

VMDK fille is "vmfs/volumes/....../ClusterNode1/ClusterNode1_1.vmdk"

3 - This automaticaly added a second SCSI controller on the vm

4 - Set the SCSI bus sharing to Virtual

5 - Created a second vm, same as the first one

6 - Added an existing disk on bus 1:0.

used same VMDK file is same as step 2, "vmfs/volumes/....../ClusterNode1/ClusterNode1_1.vmdk"

7 - Set the new controller to virtual as well

8- I then started the first Vm and... crash with the following message:

VMware ESX Server cannot open the virtual disk, "/vmfs/volumes/....../ClusterNode1/ClusterNode1_1.vmdk" for clustering. Please verify that the virtual disk was created using the 'thick' option.

Cannot open the disk '/vmfs/volumes/..../....vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.

Reason: thin/TBZ disks cannot be opened in multiwriter mode..

what am i doing wrong?

Thank you!

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Hot Shot
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Check this out, it might help you to sort your issue.

Setting up a Windows Server 2003 failover cluster (MSCS) in VMware ESX

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Hussain Al Sayed

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When you created the disk did you choose the Support clustering features option? Here is a link to the MSCS setup documentation for vSphere

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_mscs.pdf






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Hot Shot
Hot Shot

Check this out, it might help you to sort your issue.

Setting up a Windows Server 2003 failover cluster (MSCS) in VMware ESX

Best Regards,

Hussain Al Sayed

Revisit your posts and award points for "correct" or "helpful".

Best Regards, Hussain Al Sayed Consider awarding points for "correct" or "helpful".

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