To customize the way your clustered service or application works, you can add a resource.

  • This procedure is designed for use by administrators who are familiar with the way clustered resources and resource groups are configured in Windows Server 2003. Unless you have this familiarity, do not use this procedure, but instead follow the steps in Configure a Service or Application for High Availability, which tells how to run the High Availability Wizard. When you run the wizard and choose a role or service such as File Server or Print Server, the wizard creates the appropriate resources for a clustered instance of that role or service.
  • If you want to cluster a mail server or database server application, see the application's documentation for information about the correct way to install and configure it in a cluster environment. Mail server and database server applications are complex, and therefore might require configuration steps that fall outside the scope of this failover clustering Help.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To add a resource to a clustered service or application
  1. Ensure that the software or feature that is needed for the resource is installed on all nodes in the cluster.

  2. 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.

  3. If the console tree is collapsed, expand the tree under the cluster that you want to configure.

  4. Expand Services and Applications, and then click the service or application that you want to add a resource to.

  5. Under Actions (on the right), click Add a resource.

  6. Click the resource that you want to add, or click More resources and then click the resource that you want to add. If a wizard appears for the resource you chose, provide the information requested by the wizard.

  7. In the center pane, right-click the resource that you added and click Properties.

  8. If the property sheet includes a Parameters tab, click the tab and then configure the parameters that are needed by the resource.

  9. Click the Dependencies tab, and then configure the dependencies for the resource. Click OK.

  10. In the console tree, select the service or application (not the individual resource), and then under Actions (on the right), click Show Dependency Report.

  11. Review the dependencies between the resources. For many resources, you must configure the correct dependencies before the resource can be brought online. If you need to change the dependencies, close the dependency report and then repeat step 9.

  12. Right-click the resource that you just added, and then click Bring this resource online.

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.

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