SOLVED: Removing Failed File from Failover Clustering


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If you use Windows Failover Clustering and use a File Share Witness as your quorum configuration, you might have a situation in which you have removed your server that had contained the file share without first removing it from the cluster. EDIT:  If you haven’t destroyed your File Share, just bring it back online.  In this case you find out two things: your cluster has lost its failover protection, and  you can’t easily remove the failed file share witness (FSW).  EDIT:  You don’t lose failover protection, but you may have problems if you need to restart the cluster.  See the comments below and the Microsoft link to Quorum Configurations.

When you add a new file share witness using the Quorum Configuration Wizard, the new FSW is visible.  However, it is not active and your cluster will still fail if one node is turned off. The graphical interface has no way to delete the failed file share witness.  Further, the “recommended” method of removing it (using the cluster.exe resource /delete command) does not work.  This happens because the Failover Cluster will say that the resource cannot be deleted because it is a “core resource”.

Failover Clustering Solution

Run the Quorum Configuration Wizard and temporarily change the mode from Node and File Share Majority to Node Majority. There is no danger in doing this. It will not affect your running cluster, and it only takes a few seconds. After you make the change, you will see that the failed File Share Witness is gone from the cluster. Make sure you already have a new File Share to use, and then run the Quorum Configuration Wizard again and choose Node and File Share Majority, selecting a new file share as the witness.

See our Microsoft Failover Cluster and Hyper-V pages for more information!

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1 reply
  1. Sam
    Sam says:

    You can also use the “default configuration” and it’ll remove all quorum witness so it’ll remove the old failed one too.


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