Passive Cluster Drops Linked Server Connection

I have a passive cluster with SQL 2005, running on 2003 Enterprise Server, I am attempting to connect a linked server which is also running SQL 2005, on 2003 Enterprise Server. I can successfully connect using the SA username and password, but within an hour I permanently lose connection to the linked server from the clusterd environment. I have verified that both servers in the cluster have the link server set up.

In recap - Server A is a single instance server running SQL 2005 on 2003 Ent, I am attempting to connect to it from a passive clustered SQL 2005 on 2003 Ent environment. I lose connection within an hour, and have to completely rebuild the linked server connection.
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El ConquistadorSenior Database AdministratorAsked:
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mcmonapCommented:
Hi concretesailors,
This does not sound right at all, is there some kind of server level trigger or task that has been configured to remove things like this for maintenance purposes or the like?  I can think of nothing that would do this automatically.
The code below queries the servers view in the master database, when you are setup you should see it appearing in here.  Does anyone else have access who might want to remove these?  Have you tried adding the linked server details to another server to confirm the same does not happen there?

SELECT * FROM master.sys.servers order by name

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El ConquistadorSenior Database AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Once I have made a connection through the linked server with SA, the other SQL user can access the linked server. (Again, the linked server is a stand alone server and single instance, but the connection is originating from the cluster; active-passive).

So for now, I have created a small job that queries the linked server every minute under SA to keep the connection open. This is a weird work around, but seems to be keeping the connection open.

I did run your query, and the linked server does appear from the cluster's master database.
I have included the result set from the query, but to me it appears to be correct.



SQL-Server-2005-Q-24549742.txt
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mcmonapCommented:
If the connection remains stable try increasing the time period of your job doing the query - I would be interested to know when/if it disappears...
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