Configuring advanced quorum configuration as a cloud witness Windows Azure Files

Earlier I create a blog post about creating a file share in Azure.

http://robertsmit.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/microsoft-azure-file-server-system-error64-or-new-azurestorageshare-cannot-bind-parameter-context-azure-cloud-mvpbuzz/

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But now this file share can also be used for your Private Cluster Or Azure Cluster but remember your cluster needs internet access to connect to Microsoft Azure.

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However the File share is still in preview under Windows Azure Files  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn167006.aspx

Sign up for a preview http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/storage-backup-recovery/

Now that we have created a new storage account We can use this for the cluster.

If you select the storage account you will see something like this.

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I changed the name I already used this Winking smile

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At the bottom you can select the Manage Access Keys. This is the information we needed for the cluster.

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Keep this save ! You will need this in your cluster.

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When opening my windows Cluster Failover manager under more actions you can configure the quorum settings.

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As always we do the Advance configuration.

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Now we check the Cloud Witness option.

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We use the Account name and the Key from the Azure portal that we created earlier.

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And we have a Cloud Witness here configured in my Public Cloud.

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We don’t need a site to site VPN just connect the Cluster nodes to Internet ( atleast a Azure connection )

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If we check the Azure Configuration and there you can see the creation of MSFT-Cloud-Witness. With the files in the blob storage.

You can also configure this in azure. With the Get-ClusterQuorum we find quickly what witness we have.

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and Configuring this is also quickly done put your account name and key in the set-clusterquorum and it will create a Cloud Witness.

Set-ClusterQuorum -AccessKey V7CR1/DijezGyA== -AccountName clusterw10 –CloudWitness

 

Happy clustering

Robert Smit

@clusterMVP

http://robertsmit.wordpress.com

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