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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

File Share Witness failed and resist deletion ( Microsoft Failover Cluster )

I was working on building an Exchange 2007 SCC lab for testing one of our customers scenarios prior applying to production . I built the cluster and all was going great till I want to change the file share witness folder name . I used the configure cluster quorum setting wizard and the new file share witness was created successfully .The problem is that there was another ( the old ) file share witness that mapped to a non existing folder . I tried to remove it from the failover cluster snap-in but there was no way to do it !

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I tried also to use the Cluster.exe command line with the /delete switch but it also failed as the unneeded file share witness is a core resource .

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The only worked solution was to change the quorum settings to Node Majority which will cause removal of the failed – unneeded file share witness .

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Once done reconfigure the cluster’s quorum configuration again to Node and File Share Majority with the new file share witness

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Here is that what it finally looks with the correct File Share Witness

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