Damaged Cluster Node

Discussion in 'microsoft.public.sqlserver.clustering' started by Randy, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Randy

    Randy Guest

    1) We have a two node SQL Server 2000 SP4 Ent on Windows 2003 Ent SP2
    failover cluster. One of the nodes is not available and we are trying to add
    a node to replace it. We added a third node to the windows cluster, but I
    get an error when running the SQL install on that node.

    "One (or more) of the nodes of the NT cluster are unavailable. Setup will
    continue and allow you to modify the virtual server to remove the offline
    nodes. Once complete you will be able to perform the normal setup on the
    clustered instances."

    Does this mean we must either repair the damaged node or remove it before we
    can add the new node?

    2) If the node is added, do I need to apply SP4 directly on the new node?

    Thanks, Randy
    Randy, Apr 8, 2009
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  2. Yes. You must either remove the node or repair it. I recommend removing it
    from both SQL(via the installer) and the cluster. Note that these are
    separate steps. You can then run the installer to add the RTM bits to the
    new node.

    You have to apply SP4 cluster-wide. The installer doesn't do individual
    Geoff N. Hiten, Apr 8, 2009
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  3. Randy

    Randy Guest

    Thanks. If SP4 was already applied cluster-wide, do I need to re-apply it
    after adding a new node? Does it require downtime on the active node if it
    already has SP4?
    Randy, Apr 8, 2009
  4. Unfortunately, the answer is yes.

    The SQL 2000 SP4 installer is a cluster-wide installer and will re-apply the
    SP to all nodes. SQL 2008 introduced rolling upgrades and single-node

    Just like the first time, you will incur downtime.

    Geoff N. Hiten
    Principal SQL Infrastructure Consultant
    Microsoft SQL Server MVP
    Geoff N. Hiten, Apr 8, 2009
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