Windows 2k Advanced Server Cluster Groups And Resources (Part IV)

Before getting into the topic of adding resources, we will look at combining two resources to make a virtual server. A virtual server is another NetBIOS name and IP address for a group. When created, the resources can be accessed by clients using the network name or IP address the virtual server.

For example, suppose a virtual server is created with a network name of FileServer and an IP address of, and all file share resources are created with the same group. This would allow all the file shares to be accessed by the UNC path \\FileServer\sharename or \\\sharename or even by the name or IP address of the cluster or node on which the resources reside. The location of the physical server and of the file shares is completely transparent to clients.

The quickest way to create a virtual server is to select the Configure Application option from the File menu within the Cluster Administrator. This will launch the Cluster Application wizard which walks you through the process of creating a virtual server. By using the wizard, the Network Name and IP address resources for the virtual server are created, along with a group that will host the virtual server resource.

The steps below outline how to create a virtual server and new resource group using the wizard

  1. Once the wizard appears, click Next.
  2. Click the Create a New Virtual Server option and click Next.
  3. The next window allows you to create a new resource group for the virtual server. Click the Create a new resource group option and click Next. Conversely, you can also opt to use an existing group.
  4. Type in the Network Name for the group and an optional description. Click Next.
  5. Enter in the Network Name and IP address for the virtual server and click Next.
  6. Configure any advanced virtual server properties and click Next.
  7. Click Finish.

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