On every server that will be in the cluster, open Server Manager, click Add roles and then use the Add Roles Wizard to add the File Services role and any role services that are needed.
Help in Server Manager
Review hardware and infrastructure requirements for a failover cluster.
Install the Failover Clustering feature on every server that will be in the cluster.
Connect the networks and storage that the cluster will use.
Run the Validate a Configuration Wizard on all the servers that you want to cluster, to confirm that the hardware and hardware settings of the servers, network, and storage are compatible with failover clustering. If necessary, adjust hardware or hardware settings and rerun the wizard until all tests pass (required for support).
Create the failover cluster.
If the clustered servers are connected to a network that is not to be used for network communication in the cluster (for example, a network intended only for iSCSI or only for backup), then configure that network so that it does not allow cluster communication.
Run the High-Availability Wizard and specify the File Server role, a name for the clustered file server, and IP address information that is not automatically supplied by your DHCP settings. Also specify the storage volume or volumes.
Add shared folders to the clustered file server as needed.
Test the failover of the clustered file server.
- Overview of Failover Clusters
- Modify the Failover Settings for a Clustered Service or Application
- For design and deployment information for failover clusters, see