In the previous blog post, I’ve shown you how to deploy a Microsoft Load Balancing Services (NLBS) Cluster and today I’ll show you how to a host to a cluster.
Adding a host to an existing cluster Is a straight forward task but we need to make sure we don’t miss a few Important things on the way.
Before adding a new host to an existing cluster we need to make sure:
The Cluster operating systems and patch level should be the same
Installed Roles and features should be identical on all hosts In the cluster
All host should have a static IP address and on the same subnet
Once the above requirements are set and working, Open the Network Load Balancing Manager -> Right click on the Cluster and click on Add Host To Cluster
In the Add host to cluster screen type the IP address of the new Host and click Connect and Next when it comes up
In the Host Parameters, you have the option to manage some of the settings of the host like Priority In the cluster and default Initial state of the node in the cluster
Below, you could see that we could set 1-32 in the priority numbers
And default state options are seen below
We could also port rules on the cluster
Once added the state will be set to pending
Once done, all hosts in the cluster should be set to Converged
And when I now ping my Cluster IP address I get a reply