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Checklist: Creating a server cluster file server

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

Checklist: Creating a server cluster file server


Step Reference

Review server cluster components.

Server Cluster Components

Review cluster resources.

Server Cluster Resources

Determine what type of file share is appropriate for your situation.


  • If you plan to maintain home folders for a large number of users on a server cluster, you do not have to create a file share resource for every home folder (which may slow down your server cluster's performance). Instead you can create a single file share for the root home folder and use the Cluster service to share the subfolders to the individual users.

File Share resource type

Using a server cluster with large numbers of file shares

Plan your resource groups.

Planning your groups

Create a new server cluster.

Checklist: Planning and creating a server cluster

Create a virtual server for your file server and a file share resource.

Checklist: Creating a new group

Checklist: Creating a server cluster virtual server

Checklist: Creating a new resource

Share subfolders on a File Share resource

Create a cluster-managed encrypted file share

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