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MSDTC query with an ACTIVE/ACTIVE 2-node SQL Server cluster

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Hi, I have a two node Windows 2003 SP2 Enterprise x64 cluster running SQL Server 2005 SP2 Enterprise x64. The cluster has two separate instances of SQL Server running in two resource groups. The MSDTC resource is running another seperate Windows Cluster resource group on Node 'A'.

I am finding that the MSDTC status of the SQL instance running on the same node as the MSDTC resource group (Node A) reports as 'Green - OK' in SQL Server management studio. However, the MSDTC status of the second instance running on the other cluster node (Node 'B'), reports as 'Red - Stopped'.

Is this normal? Do I need to have a second MSDTC resource or do something else to allow Node B to access the MSDTC resources on Node A? Or is this simply handled automatically by Windows/SQL Server clustering?
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That is normal.  Only one SQL instance has ownership of that resource (and service) at a time.  The SQL server clustering handles the usage automatically.  All is well.
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