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SQL Server 2008 Cluster Install Issues On Windows 2003 (SQL Network Name)

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I have had several failed attempts when attempting to install SQL Server 2008 Cluster on a windows 2003 active/passive cluster. Here's my issue. When I get to the point where I have to type a name for the SQL Network Name, I improvise a type a name like SQL2K8VRTL for example and the install completes with success but when I look in the cluster administrator tool the SQL Network name fails to start. I used the cluster admin account during installation and I still get the same error. Should I just use the virtual name created for the windows cluster instead of typing a name that does not already exist? Please advise.
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Do not use the cluster network name.
In the SQL group is the IP address on line?
Is there a DNS name associated with the SQL IP?
SQL wants to register the SQL2K8VRTL  name it's self.

In the SQL group, one should have the at least the following resources:
IP
Network Name
Disk and SQL agent, SQL Server.
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So in order to use the SQL2k8VRTL name someone needs to create that name in DNS and assign an ip or can it have the same ip as the virtual name used for the windows cluster?
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Let SQL attempt to populate an empty DNS entry, if does not then populate it.
If there is an entry in DNS SQL will not create the network name.

Do not use the default cluster group resources including network name and IP or quorum drive.
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should have one IP for each node and one heartbeat address per node and an IP for the default cluster group (Administrative cluster).

Then each new group or service such as SQL should have it's own group and resources such as Network name and IP, disk and application or service.
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So it's fine to create any SQL network name during the installation even though it does not exist in DNS? So if that is the case and it doesn't create the SQL network name in DNS after the installation is complete just have the network admin add the unique SQL network name into DNS and everything should be working?
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Q1 yes
Q2 correct

What flavor of DNS is used, active directory integrated?
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Another question I have is that I have to run setup from second node after I complete the installation on the first node correct? In SQL Server 2005 you would only perform the installation on the first node and the installation is complete correct? So if I understand correct, SQL Server 2008 Cluster involves installation setup being executed on node1 then once completed you run installation setup on node2 correct?
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we use AD for DNS.
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Is the SQL install files 2005 Enterprise?
SQL 2005 standard can be used in a cluster (two nodes only).

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/327518

Install notes for SQL 2k5 std:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc719004(WS.10).aspx
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This is not SQL Server 2005 it's SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition RTM.
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