Replacement for a clustered file share

Discussion in 'microsoft.public.sqlserver.clustering' started by Adam Przestroga, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. Hi everybody,

    Perhaps this is a bit off topic, but I could not find a better group to
    ask. I currently have a two node Microsoft cluster. One of my resource
    groups (besides many others) is a windows file share.

    I am considering moving the file share off the cluster, but I do not
    know what are my options. I am looking for a solution which will provide
    redundancy and will allow me to create windows file shares (NTFS).

    Can you tell me what solutions are on the market that I could utilize to
    achieve this?

    Thank you.

    Adam Przestroga
     
    Adam Przestroga, Jun 8, 2009
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  2. Adam Przestroga

    Tom Moreau Guest

    If you want redundancy, then why are you moving it off of the cluster? That
    said, have you looked at DFS?

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    Tom

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    Thomas A. Moreau, BSc, PhD, MCSE, MCDBA, MCITP, MCTS
    SQL Server MVP
    Toronto, ON Canada
    https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Tom.Moreau


    Hi everybody,

    Perhaps this is a bit off topic, but I could not find a better group to
    ask. I currently have a two node Microsoft cluster. One of my resource
    groups (besides many others) is a windows file share.

    I am considering moving the file share off the cluster, but I do not
    know what are my options. I am looking for a solution which will provide
    redundancy and will allow me to create windows file shares (NTFS).

    Can you tell me what solutions are on the market that I could utilize to
    achieve this?

    Thank you.

    Adam Przestroga
     
    Tom Moreau, Jun 8, 2009
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    Linchi Shea Guest

    Perhaps, a straightforward network file share will suffice? This really
    depends on your exact requirements.

    The reason you use a file share resource on a cluster is to ensure that when
    there is a failover, the file share will still be available to the client and
    the failover remains transparent. If you move the file share off the cluster,
    this is no longer an issue, and all prod network shares should already have
    redundancy built in.

    Linchi
     
    Linchi Shea, Jun 8, 2009
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  4. I would like to move it off the cluster for several reasons, but the
    most importantly because whenever I need to do something with my SQL
    server, it impacts my file share resource groups, as well.

    What I would like to know is what technologies are there that would
    allow me to "expose" my shared drive in a fashion similar to clustered
    file share. What I mean by that is in clustered file share the share is
    exposed on the network as "virtual server\share name" under single IP
    address. If I understand DFS correctly, you would end-up with two
    synchronized file shares server_A\share_x and server_B\share_x. Am I
    getting this correctly?

    Thanks,
    APrzestroga
     
    Adam Przestroga, Jun 9, 2009
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  5. Adam Przestroga

    Tom Moreau Guest

    Yes, sort of. You can have a domain-based DFS so that clients can connect
    to one underlying server or another. Thus, the clients only need to know
    the DFS root target, not the names of the servers. Here's a link:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc738688.aspx

    --
    Tom

    ----------------------------------------------------
    Thomas A. Moreau, BSc, PhD, MCSE, MCDBA, MCITP, MCTS
    SQL Server MVP
    Toronto, ON Canada
    https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Tom.Moreau


    I would like to move it off the cluster for several reasons, but the
    most importantly because whenever I need to do something with my SQL
    server, it impacts my file share resource groups, as well.

    What I would like to know is what technologies are there that would
    allow me to "expose" my shared drive in a fashion similar to clustered
    file share. What I mean by that is in clustered file share the share is
    exposed on the network as "virtual server\share name" under single IP
    address. If I understand DFS correctly, you would end-up with two
    synchronized file shares server_A\share_x and server_B\share_x. Am I
    getting this correctly?

    Thanks,
    APrzestroga
     
    Tom Moreau, Jun 9, 2009
    #5
  6. Thanks Tom. I will look into this.

    Regards,
    Adam
     
    Adam Przestroga, Jun 10, 2009
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