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Create the Windows Cluster

We will now create the Windows 2016 or 2012r2 cluster on the domain joined systems.

Log onto one of the systems using a domain administrator account. This procedure is run on only one node.

Run the following PowerShell command:

Test-Cluster –Node node-1,node-2

This process will typically report completion with warning messages. We can still continue on and create the cluster. We will come back at the end and handle outstanding warning issues. The warnings in this case say that we have only single network connections to Node-1 and Node-2 which is not high availability. If the warnings look more severe, then this process can be run from the Cluster Manager Console which will display complete error and warning reports interactively.

Run the following command to create the cluster.

New-Cluster -Name MyCluster -Node node-1,node-2 -NoStorage -StaticAddress 172.101.3.1
Note: Select relevant node and cluster names for your environment.
Note: the -NoStorage parameter was selected so we can include only the relevant storage resources. By default the New-Cluster will move all discovered storage to the cluster as a resource.

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