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Change how the cluster uses a network

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To change how the cluster uses a network

  1. Open Cluster Administrator.

  2. In the console tree, double-click to expand Cluster Configuration, and then click Networks.

  3. In the details pane, click the appropriate network.

  4. On the File menu, click Properties.

  5. Under Enable this network for cluster use, specify how you want the network to be used by the cluster:

    • To use the network for communication with clients and between nodes, click All communications (mixed network).

    • To use the network only for communications between nodes, click Internal cluster communications only (private network).

    • To use the network only for communications with clients, click Client access only (public network).


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open Cluster Administrator, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Cluster Administrator.

  • It is strongly recommended that at least two networks be configured for communication among nodes (either private or mixed). For more information, see "Best practices for configuring and operating server clusters" in Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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