Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1
Topic Last Modified: 2007-08-08

This topic explains how to use the Failover Cluster Management tool and Cluster.exe to configure the cluster networks for the failover cluster. After both nodes have been added to the cluster, the cluster networking components must be configured. Specifically, you must configure networks for cluster and client access, and you must configure tolerance settings for missed cluster heartbeats. In addition to configuring the cluster and client access settings, we also recommend renaming the networks with more meaningful names.

Before You Begin

To perform this procedure, the account you use must be delegated membership in the local Administrators group. For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.


To use the Failover Cluster Management tool to configure networks for cluster and client access

  1. Open the Failover Cluster Management tool.

  2. Expand the cluster node, and then select Networks.

  3. Modify the properties for each network by configuring the name of the network, as well as cluster and client access settings. For details about the available settings, see Installing a Single Copy Cluster on Windows Server 2008, as well as the Failover Cluster Management tool Help.

  4. Optionally rename each network with a more meaningful name (for example, Public or Private).

To use Cluster.exe to configure tolerance for missed cluster heartbeats

  1. Verify that all nodes in the cluster are online. To do this, run the following command:

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    cluster ClusterName Node
  2. Examine the output of the preceding command, and verify that the Status for each node is Up.

  3. Configure the number of missed heartbeats for all private and mixed interfaces on all nodes. To do this, run the following commands:

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    cluster ClusterName /prop SameSubnetThreshold=10
    cluster ClusterName /prop CrossSubnetThreshold=10

    After the cluster networks have been configured, the next step is to configure the cluster quorum. For detailed steps about how to configure the cluster quorum, see How to Configure the Node and Disk Majority Quorum.