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Understanding Cluster Validation Tests: Inventory

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Inventory tests provide lists of information about the hardware, software, and settings on each of the servers you are testing. You can use inventory tests alone (without other tests in the Validate a Cluster Configuration Wizard) to review or record the configuration of hardware (for example, to review that the software updates on each server are identical after you perform scheduled maintenance).

You can run the following inventory tests by using the Validate a Configuration Wizard:

  • List BIOS Information

  • List Environment Variables: Examples of environment variables are the number of processors, the operating system path, and the location of temporary folders.

  • List Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters

  • List iSCSI Host Bus Adapters

  • List Memory Information

  • List Operating System Information

  • List Plug and Play Devices

  • List Running Processes

  • List SAS Host Bus Adapters: This test lists the host bus adapters for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS).

  • List Services Information: As a general best practice for servers, especially cluster nodes, you should run only necessary services.

  • List Software Updates: You can use this test to help correct issues that are uncovered by one of the System Configuration tests, Validate Software Update Levels. For more information, see Understanding Cluster Validation Tests: System Configuration.

  • List System Drivers

  • List System Information: The system information includes the following:

    • Computer name

    • Manufacturer, model, and type

    • Account name of the person who ran the validation tests

    • Domain that the computer is in

    • Time zone and daylight time setting (determines whether the clock is adjusted for daylight time changes)

    • Number of processors

  • List Unsigned Drivers: You can use this test to help correct issues that are uncovered by one of the System Configuration tests, Validate All Drivers Signed. For more information, see Understanding Cluster Validation Tests: System Configuration.

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