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I'm in the process of getting a second server connected to a Dell MD3000i. I'm trying to do it the exact same way the server before it was setup. It has a folder in the C Drive that goes virtual volume on the SAN. I believe this is a Symbolic Link, since that is the only thing I have been able to come up with in my research. How can I know for sure if that is what it is, and see what the details are for the link so I can create the same thing on the second server?

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From within cmd.exe, the command DIR C:\ /A should give you details about the directory. Below is a snip of my example output:

C:\>DIR C:\ /A
 Volume in drive C has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is 84AB-3C28

 Directory of C:\

09/10/2012  01:25 PM    <DIR>          $Recycle.Bin
07/19/2012  01:44 PM    <DIR>          Boot
11/20/2010  10:23 PM           383,786 bootmgr
07/19/2012  01:44 PM             8,192 BOOTSECT.BAK
01/11/2013  10:33 AM    <SYMLINKD>     TestSymLink [C:\Some\Other\Path]
01/11/2013  10:29 AM    <DIR>          Config.Msi
07/14/2009  12:08 AM    <JUNCTION>     Documents and Settings [C:\Users]
11/01/2012  07:50 AM    <DIR>          DRIVERS
09/17/2012  02:34 PM    <DIR>          metasploit
07/19/2012  10:35 AM    <DIR>          MSOCache
11/29/2012  03:00 PM    <DIR>          Windows
               3 File(s)  4,184,565,638 bytes
              16 Dir(s)  59,202,383,872 bytes free

The third column indicates the type. Both Junctions and Symlinks will indicate their targets within the square brackets to the right of the Junction/Link name.

  • <DIR> = Directory
  • <SYMLINKD> = Symbolic Link
  • <JUNCTION> = Juntion Point
  • No Type = File
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I guess this isn't a Symbolic Link. It shows as <DIR> all the way down the folder path. Thank you. – Patrick Jan 11 '13 at 15:52

C:\ClusterStorage is an abstraction providing access to Cluster Shared Volumes from all members of a Hyper-V cluster. It's created and managed by the Cluster Service.

What you need to do is:

  • Make sure that the SAN volumes connected to server A are also connected to server B.
  • Install the Hyper-V role and the Failover Clustering feature on server B.
  • Validate the configuration of server B. Fix all errors/warnings before proceeding.
  • Add server B to the cluster.

After integrating server B into the cluster the folder is automatically created and populated.

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From what I've been told clustering was never completely setup. They made an attempt at it 2 years ago, but something failed along the way. I guess this is left over from that, and wont be able to set it up the same way on the second server. – Patrick Jan 11 '13 at 15:53
Without a cluster you don't have the functionality that C:\ClusterStorage is supposed to provide. More specifically, do not access the same SAN volume from different servers unless the volumes are configured as cluster shared volumes. You will destroy your data otherwise. – Ansgar Wiechers Jan 11 '13 at 16:02
Yeah, I learned that the other day after a couple hours on the phone with Dell. So I got new drives, installed them last night, and created a new virtual volume to work with. I just didn't know that this was left over from that failed project. I really hope that this server can be decommissioned soon, since hyper v is getting me cluster errors as well. – Patrick Jan 11 '13 at 16:07

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