Adding a CSV volume to a Cluster

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Failover Clustering
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So, now you are at the point where you need to present a CSV Volume to your cluster.

I have created this guide to make your life a little easier. Doing this is actually quite simple, but there are a few gotchas.

Gotcha 1 : If you create / carve the LUN and forget to allow multiple access, only the first IQN / WWN will be able to access it.

Gotcha 2 : If you present the disk to the “Storage” (highlighted below) portion of your cluster and do NOT create a simple volume, you will not be able to do this from Disk Management as the Cluster will have a lock on it. Simply delete the volume from the “Storage” and then create the simple volume.


Okay, so getting past that.

Step 1: Create / Carve the LUN from your Storage.

Step 2: Remember to allow multiple access to the volume.

Step 3: Present the Storage to all the Nodes in the Cluster.

Step 4: Bring the disk online

Step 5: Initialize the disk

Step 6: Create a simple volume, there is NO need to assign a drive letter.

Step 7: Open Failover Cluster Manager and Select “Storage” and Click “Add a disk”


Step 8: Add the Disk, you should see the newly presented disk, select the disk and click OK. The disk will show up as online under “Available Storage”. You can rename the disk according by double clicking the disk and changing the name in “Resource Name”



Step 9: Now it is time to make it a “CSV”, Click “Cluster Shared Volumes” and click “Add Storage”


Step 10: Select the Disk you want to add and click “OK”


Disk is now online and a CSV.

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