proper shutdown of MS SQL cluster

Posted on 2007-07-23
Last Modified: 2008-02-01

I need help with the proper shut down procedure for a MS SQL cluster. Operating system is 2003 Server Enterprise, and the Enterprise Manager for SQL server says 8.0

Is there a "best practice" method for shutting down both nodes of the cluster?

Thank you,
Question by:vg30e
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    We let the cluster service do all the work.  We rarely ever use enterprise manager to shutdown SQL.

    If I want to shutdown both nodes, I will usually shutdown the offline node, then shutdown the online node.  I mention usually since sometimes I will fail over to the other node first to make sure there are no issues with the cluster servce.  But I always shutdown the offfline node first, then the online.  We never manually shutdown SQL.

    Author Comment

    so you just stop the cluster service on one node , then the other, and, let mscs manager shut everything down for you?
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    Expert Comment

    Yup, that's it.  We've been running several SQL cluster for around 5 years now and that how we do it every time.
    With Clustering, it best to let the cluster service control things.  

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