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Configure the Network Ports on a Windows Cluster

Windows clustering requires the network configuration be complete and accurate. The network ports should be configured with IP Addresses, DNS, Default Gateways and any other relevant networking details. The DNS IP address will likely be your Active Directory servers, otherwise you will have to guarantee the new servers have IP access to your AD domains.

The Quick Start Guide has a list of the network details to collect from your networking department. The network adapters should be configured with:

  1. Management Ports IP Addresses
  2. 10GbE ports IP addresses
  3. DNS IP addresses configured on the network segment which provides the best access to Active Directory
  4. Default Gateway may be optionally configured on the best network segment which has routable access to the Internet. Without this access, the Microsoft Updates will have to be downloaded and installed out of band
  5. IPMI (Lights Out console) IP addresses. This is available on the shared NIC or on the dedicated IPMI port. The shared port can be used to reduce the number of network cables to your servers. The shared connection looks like two virtual ports connected to a single cable on one physical port. Different IP network subnets can be defined for the Management interface as well as the IPMI interface.
Note: This step may already be done from the initial installation from the Quick Start Guide.

Rename the Network Adapters

The network adapters will have default names. It will be easier to manage your systems if you give each network interface a more descriptive name.

To rename a network interface:

Control Panel View network status and tasks Change adapter settings

In the example above, the network interface “Ethernet 3” is renamed to “Interconnect”. This port is the internal network running inside the chassis which is used for cluster traffic and is always available regardless of external connections.

Note: Your IT standards vary and you should comply with your own standards.

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