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MSA 1500 and Windows 2008 with Failover Clustering

 
jorge torralba
Occasional Visitor

MSA 1500 and Windows 2008 with Failover Clustering

We are moving forward with windows 2008 and SQL server 2008 in a failover cluster using an MSA 1500. However, I have heard that the MSA 1500 may not support Windows 2008. Does anyone have experience implementing a failover cluster environment with the MSA 1500 and Windows 2008? Is it SCSI3 compliant? Does it support persistent reservation?

Thanks,

JT
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Phil West
Occasional Advisor

Re: MSA 1500 and Windows 2008 with Failover Clustering

I see no reason why it should not but take a look on SPOCK http://h20272.www2.hp.com/index.aspx
Mike Jenne
Occasional Advisor

Re: MSA 1500 and Windows 2008 with Failover Clustering

I can confirm that this should work. Just remember to use the Cluster Validation Wizard. If you configuration passes those tests, then it will be supported by MS. If it doesn't than you likely have a configuration problem.
2legit2quit
Occasional Visitor

Re: MSA 1500 and Windows 2008 with Failover Clustering

Not sure, but I am leaning towards it not being compatible.  For the last 3 days I have been attempting to get my MSA1500 to run on 2 servers with identical hardware, I went as far as updating the firmware on both servers, and Windows 2008 R2 unsuccessfully.  The Cluster Validation Wizard is run, all test pass except the following:

 

Validate Disk Arbitration                                                   Canceled

                Validate that a node that owns a disk retains

                ownership after disk arbitration.

 

Validate Disk Failover                                                        Canceled

                Validate that a disk can fail over successfully with

                data intact.

 

Validate File System                                                           Canceled

                Validate that the file system on disks in shared

                storage is supported by failover clusters.

 

Validate Multiple Arbitration                                            Canceled

                Validate that in a multiple-node arbitration process,

                only one node obtains control.

 

Validate SCSI device Vital SCSI device Vital Product Data (VPD)          Warning

                SCSI page 83h VPD descriptors for the same cluster

                disk 0 from different nodes do not match.   SCSI

                inquiry data is identifier information returned by

                the storage device about a specific LUN. The cluster

                expects that if a disk is shared the SCSI inquiry

                data should be unique for each disk and consistent

                across all the nodes for a given LUN. This condition

                may be expected if you are using replicated storage.

                Please contact your storage vendor for further

                information.

 

Validate SCSI-3 Persistent Reservation                          Failed

Successfully accessed cluster disk 0 from node

fourier.dyn.datasys.swri.edu while it should have failed.

Cluster Disk 0 does not support Persistent Reservations.

Some storage devices require specific firmware versions

or settings to function properly with failover clusters.

Please contact your storage administrator or storage

vendor to check the configuration of the storage to allow

it to function properly with failover clusters.

 

Validate Simultaneous Failover                                       Canceled

                Validate that disks can fail over simultaneously with

                data intact.

 

I simply want to know if it is support or not, so I can stop wasting my time and install Windows 2003 Enterprise on the servers.  Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

ChorZ
Occasional Contributor

Re: MSA 1500 and Windows 2008 with Failover Clustering

Even i too have the same isse wth  MSA 1500 and Win 2008, i had even disabled one of the controller , still facing the same issue.

ChorZ
Occasional Contributor

Re: MSA 1500 and Windows 2008 with Failover Clustering

As per the HP release , HP MSA 1500 with firmware V7.1 only support clustering

ChorZ
Occasional Contributor

Re: MSA 1500 and Windows 2008 with Failover Clustering

MSA 1500 will work with Windows 2008 cluster

I had tested the same

U have to make the system in active-active mode

upgrade the firmware to V7.1

and non of the multipatchin software will work for Win 2008 and MSA 1500

 

U have to make 1:1 connection for individual server, cluster validation will be success after that

John Kufrovich
Honored Contributor

Re: MSA 1500 and Windows 2008 with Failover Clustering

Don't confuse Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 r2.  Windows 2008r2 is not supported on the MSA1500.

Sebastian.Koehler
Honored Contributor

Re: MSA 1500 and Windows 2008 with Failover Clustering

Windows 2008 and R2 require a SCSI-3 compliant array, especially for clustering. This is not true for MSA1x00.

Regards,
Sebastian
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