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Microsoft Cluster Administrator Failover

Posted on 2008-10-25
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I have to do a firmware update to  Smart Array 6i Firmware version 2.36 to 2.84  in order to do this i have to manage the clusters.  I was wondering if someone had the steps to do this.  i see that node 2 is passive and active and node one is active (main).  I need to install a patch on both nodes.  how do i shut down node 2 in passive to do the patch, then failover 1 to 2 and patch 1.  Does anyone have the steps or a good web site that can explain step by step how to do this.  The cluster manages an exchange 2003 server.
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the steps are the following:

1. Move all cluster groups in one node (doesn't matter which one, let's call it A) paying attention that no group have the "Prefered owner" list populated with node B;
2. Do your maintenance on the other node (let's call it B) and reboot that node;
3. Check the health and stability of the node B;
4. Move all cluster groups from node A to node B paying attention that no group have the "Prefered owner" list populated with node A; check that moving was successful before proceeding;
5. Do your maintenance on node A and reboot that node;
6. Check the health and stability of the node A;
7. redistribute the cluster groups as they where before the maintenance and restablish the "Prefered owner" list as it was before.
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I saw in some instructions about "pausing" the node you are going to work on.  Is that correct? I see two groups, Culster group and exchange group, i would move both of them to the other node?
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Exactly. You must move all group present in the cluster in order to leave "unloaded" the node that will be object of the maintenance.
I don't recall any article that indicates the necessity of pausing the node. The procedure I described in my previous post is the steps I follow for every cluster maintenance for the past 11 years.
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