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Select Quorum Options for a Failover Cluster

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

If you have special requirements or make changes to your cluster, you might want to change the quorum options for your cluster.

ImportantImportant
In most situations, use the quorum configuration that the cluster software identifies as appropriate for your cluster. Change the quorum configuration only if you have determined that the change is appropriate for your cluster.

For important conceptual information about quorum configuration options, see Understanding Quorum Configurations in a Failover Cluster.

Membership in the local Administrators group on each clustered server, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Also, the account you use must be a domain account. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.

To select quorum options for a cluster
  1. In the Failover Cluster Manager snap-in, if the cluster that you want to configure is not displayed, in the console tree, right-click Failover Cluster Manager, click Manage a Cluster, and then select or specify the cluster that you want.

  2. With the cluster selected, in the Actions pane, click More Actions, and then click Configure Cluster Quorum Settings.

  3. Follow the instructions in the wizard to select the quorum configuration for your cluster. If you choose a configuration that includes a disk witness or file share witness, follow the instructions for specifying the witness.

  4. After the wizard runs and the Summary page appears, if you want to view a report of the tasks that the wizard performed, click View Report.

Additional considerations

  • To open the failover cluster snap-in, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Failover Cluster Manager. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

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