Creating and Manually Associating Physical Nodes to a Microsoft Cluster Client Group

For Microsoft Clusters, you must create a Windows cluster group client to protect all of the nodes of the Microsoft cluster. To do so, you can create a Windows cluster client group and manually associate the physical nodes of the cluster to the cluster client group.

Note: You can also use a smart client group to create the cluster client group and automatically associate the physical nodes of the Microsoft cluster. For more information, see Creating a Smart Client Group to Automatically Detect Physical Nodes for Microsoft Clusters.

Before You Begin

  • Ensure that the physical nodes of the cluster are reachable from the CommServe host.
  • The Microsoft cluster must be associated with a shared cluster drive and a cluster virtual server.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the Client Computers node and then click New Client > Clustered Server > WindowsCluster.

    The New Windows Cluster Client dialog box appears.

  2. Provide the details of the Microsoft cluster group that you want to protect.
    1. In the Client Name box, type the name of the Client Access Point associated with the Microsoft cluster group whose associated storage resources are to be backed up (as seen in the Failover Cluster Manager). The client name should have a unique name.
    2. In the Host Name box, type the fully qualified domain name of the Client Access Point associated with the Microsoft cluster group considered in Step 1, above.

      Note: The host name should not be used by any existing client in your CommCell environment.

    3. Click Next.
    4. Review the cluster group information, and then click Finish.

      The Advanced Client Properties dialog box appears. If the dialog box does not automatically open, right-click the Cluster_Group_Client, and then click Properties. In the Client Computer Properties dialog box, click Advanced.

  3. On the Cluster Group Configuration tab of the Advanced Client Properties dialog box, do the following:
    1. On the Nodes tab, in the Available box, click the physical nodes where you installed the Commvault agents, and then click Add to move the nodes to the Selected box.
    2. On the Agents tab, in the Available box, click the Agents you want to use in the cluster group client, and then click Add to move the Agents to the Selected box.
  4. On the Job Configuration tab, in the Job Results Directory box, type the path for the job results directory. The directory must reside on a shared cluster drive.


    • The Browse button does not work when you configure the cluster group client for the first time. After the initial configuration, you can use the button to update the directory (if required).
    • For MediaAgent and ContinuousDataReplicator clients, the Job Results directory path is used for both the Index Cache and CDR Log directories respectively unless another directory location is provided.
  5. Click OK to save your configuration.

    The Information dialog box appears.

  6. Click OK.

    The cluster group client is successfully created.

What to Do Next

Create a subclient to define the data that you want to backup. After a subclient is created and a storage policy is configured for this cluster group client, you can perform backup and recovery operations. For information about configuring a subclient, see Subclients for the Windows File System Agent.

Last modified: 7/26/2019 3:04:47 PM