How to create a Windows Server 2019 Failover Cluster

To create a Windows Server 2019 Failover Cluster, you can follow these steps:

Prepare the Environment:

  • Install Windows Server 2019 on the servers that will be part of the cluster.
  • Ensure that the servers have static IP addresses assigned.
  • Connect the servers to the same network and domain.
  • Make sure the servers have the same version of Windows Server 2019 and are up to date with the latest updates.

Configure Server Roles and Features:

  1. Open Server Manager on each server.
server manager dashboard

2. Click on “Add roles and features” and follow the wizard.

Add roles and features wizard

3. Select the appropriate server from the server pool.

select destination server

4. Select the “Fail-over Clustering” feature and install it.

failover cluster

5. Complete the installation process and restart the servers if prompted

Validate the Cluster Configuration:

  1. Open the Failover Cluster Manager from the start menu or through Server Manager
failover cluster manager

2. Click on “Create Cluster” to start the wizard.

failover cluser manager
  • Add the servers that will be part of the cluster
  • Run the validation tests to ensure that the environment is suitable for clustering.
  • Fix any reported issues before proceeding
Create the Cluster:
  1. Specify a name for the cluster and an IP address that will be used as the virtual server name and address.
failover cluster Manager

2. Review the summary and click “Finish” to create the cluster.

3. Wait for the cluster creation process to complete.

Configure Cluster Quorum:
  1. Right-click on the newly created cluster in the Failover Cluster Manager and select “More Actions” > “Configure Cluster Quorum Settings.”
  2. Follow the wizard to configure the quorum settings based on your requirements.
  3. Select an appropriate quorum configuration option (e.g., Node and Disk Majority, Node Majority, etc.).
Add Cluster Resources:
  1. Right-click on the cluster name in the Failover Cluster Manager and select “Configure Role.”
  2. Follow the wizard to add resources and services that you want to make highly available within the cluster
  3. Configure the necessary settings for each resource or service.
Test Failover:
  • Once the resources are added, you can test the fail over by manually moving the resources between the cluster nodes
  • Right-click on a resource, select “Move,” and choose the desired destination node.

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