You can enable Cluster Shared Volumes for a failover cluster using the Failover Cluster Manager snap-in. By enabling Cluster Shared Volumes for a failover cluster, all nodes in the cluster will be enabled to use shared volumes.


The Cluster Shared Volumes feature has specific restrictions that must be followed. For a list of both the benefits and the restrictions, see Understanding Cluster Shared Volumes in a Failover Cluster.

Membership in the local Administrators group on each clustered server, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Also, the account you use must be a domain account. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To enable Cluster Shared Volumes in a failover cluster
  1. In the Failover Cluster Manager snap-in, if the cluster that you want to configure is not displayed, in the console tree, right-click Failover Cluster Manager, click Manage a Cluster, and then select or specify the cluster that you want.

  2. Under Configure (center pane), click Enable Cluster Shared Volumes.

  3. In the dialog box, select the checkbox.

Additional considerations

  • To open the failover cluster snap-in, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Failover Cluster Manager. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

  • Cluster Shared Volumes can only be enabled once per cluster.

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