Heartbeat connection has WINS address
Topic Last Modified: 2005-11-18
The Microsoft® Exchange Server Analyzer Tool queries the Win32_NetworkAdapter Microsoft Windows® Management Instrumentation (WMI) class to determine the value of the NetConnectionID key. If the value for the NetConnectionID key contains the string Internal, or HEART, it indicates that the interface is the cluster private (heartbeat) network.
The Exchange Server Analyzer also queries the Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration WMI class to determine whether a value is set for the WINSPrimaryServer key. If a value is set, it indicates that a primary Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) address has been configured for this network interface.
If the Exchange Server Analyzer finds a value set for the WINSPrimaryServer key on the network interface used for the cluster heartbeat network, a warning is displayed.
Because private cluster networks are used for internal cluster communications, you do not have to configure any WINS servers, or use NetBIOS. To eliminate possible communication issues, it is recommended that you remove all unnecessary network traffic from the network adapter that is used as the cluster private network adapter.
Open the Network Connections window. Either right-click My Network Places, and then click Properties, or if My Network Places is not displayed on the desktop, click Start, click Programs, click Accessories, click Communications, and then click Network Connections.
In the Network Connections window, right-click the network adapter being used for the private network, and then click Properties.
Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
On the WINS tab, select a WINS address, and then click Remove. Repeat this step for each listed WINS address.
In the NetBIOS setting area, select Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.
Click OK three times to save the changes. After clicking OK the first time, you may receive the following prompt. If you receive this prompt, click Yes: "This connection has an empty primary WINS address. Do you want to continue?"
Repeat steps 1 through 7 for each node in the cluster.
For more information about the recommended settings for the private network in a Windows server cluster, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 258750, "Recommended Private 'Heartbeat' Configuration on a Cluster Server" (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=3052&kbid=258750).