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Configuring Your Server Clusters

Updated: January 1, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP1

After you have installed your Server clusters, most likely you will need to configure it, install additional cluster resources and applications. It is not in the scope of this document to explain how to do these tasks. Please refer to Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Server Online Help/Availability and Scalability/Cluster Servers for more information about configuring Server clusters and cluster applications.

Using Scripts

Using MSClus and/or WMI to Create Resources

Here we provide two examples of how you can further automate tasks during unattended installation of clusters.

Using Cluster Automation Server and Windows Script Host

By adding the following command to the sysprep.inf file, you can create a file share after you have created a cluster or added a node to an existing cluster.

[GuiRunOnce] 
Command1 = "%systemdrive%\ClusterInstallFiles\createfs.vbs SV-CLUSTER ClusterGroup SVFileShareResource E:\ SVFileShare"

When this command executes, a file share called SVFileShare will be created on the E: drive on SV-CLUSTER.

You must place a Visual Basic script called createfs.vbs in a directory ClusterInstallFiles on your system drive. Please refer to Appendix B for a sample code for such script.

In a similar fashion, you can automate the creation of various resources such as IP address resources, network name, print shares, generic resources etc. For more information about using Cluster Automation Server to create Cluster resources, refer to the Cluster Automation Server Reference in the Windows Platform SDK.

Using the Command Line

See Appendix C for a sample batch file that can be used to create a File Share resource with cluster.exe. Instruct Mini-Setup to run this batch file (here called createfs.bat) after Mini-Setup finishes by using the GuiRunOnce entry:

[GuiRunOnce] 
Command2=%systemdrive%\scripts\createfs.bat
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