Windows Server 2008 Glossary - Q

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

For more Windows Server terms, see either the Windows Server 2008 R2 Glossary or the Windows Server 2003 Glossary.

Glossary - Q

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quiet mode

The mode of a command-line application where it does not display confirmation messages or any other user interface items that normally appear on screen. The switch for quiet mode is typically '/q'.


For a failover cluster, the number of elements that must be online for a given cluster to continue running. The elements relevant in this context are nodes or, in some cases, a witness disk or witness file share.

quorum configuration

Settings in a failover cluster that determine the point at which too many failures will stop the cluster from running.

quorum log

The log where the quorum resource stores data. This data is maintained by the clustering software.

quorum resource

For a server cluster, the quorum-capable resource selected to maintain the configuration data necessary for recovery of the cluster. This data contains details of all of the changes that have been applied to the cluster database. The quorum resource is generally accessible to other cluster resources so that any cluster node has access to the most recent database changes. By default there is only one quorum resource per server cluster.