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I'm planning an application deployment and the design is to have the back end servers in a cluster.
there will be 2 windows 2008 R2 in a cluster with SQL 2008 R2.
I'm getting ready to test out all the variables in a visualized environment, I have installed 2 instances of 2008 with the cluster features, my question is (as I have never set up a cluster only read about it) do the 2 Windows Servers have to be in a Domain to activate clustering?
when I start the fail-over cluster management MMC I get the message that the machine is not in a Domain and all functions will not be available. once in the MMC I have no options to create a cluster or really do anything.
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by:atorex
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Thanks for the info I do still need to create the Cluster in Windows before SQL, at least that is the message I'm getting when I attempt to install a new SQL server cluster.
I need to create a Windows cluster first (at least that is the way its looking for me)
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Yes, first part is to Create a Windows Cluster, and then later add SQL 2008 (it will detect the cluster).
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that is where I was getting the message that I need to be in a domain this is where I need the help attached is the message when I start the Failover Cluster Management MMC MMC message
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and if you click okay?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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it would seem Failover Clustering requires Active Directory.

You can read more in the Microsoft links below:
     
Failover Cluster Step-by-Step Guide: Configuring Accounts in Active Directory  
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731002.aspx

[DOC] Overview of Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008  
http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/B/5/3B51A025-7522-4686-AA16-8AE2E536034D/Overview%20of%20Failover%20Clustering%20with%20Windows%20Server%202008.doc

So you will need a Domain, and Actice Directory for the accounts.
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by:atorex
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That was what I was looking for was not sure AD was required that puts a kink on my plans!

Thanks for the information.
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