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Windows 2008 R2 Single Node Cluster

Posted on 2011-09-13
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Hello Experts,

I need to build a single node (lone wolf) cluster for a pilot using Windows 2008 R2 and SQL 2008 R2. The reason for the single node cluster is due to limited resources. We plan to add another node to the cluster later in time.

I have been scouring the internets looking for docs on single node clusters. I've never built one before using 2K8 R2. So far I haven't been too successful.

I also see that SQL 2008 R2 Ent has clustering functionality as well.

My primary question is if there is any documentation single node Windows 2K8  clusters.

My next question is if you build a windows cluster, do you have to cluster SQL 2K8 separately?

In the olden days, you would just build a windows cluster and install SQL on each node.

Thanks.
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Racim BOUDJAKDJI earned 500 total points
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<<My primary question is if there is any documentation single node Windows 2K8  clusters. >>

Read...

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms179530.aspx

<<My next question is if you build a windows cluster, do you have to cluster SQL 2K8 separately? >>
You'd better but that is not mandatory.  SQL is very intolerant memory wise to other applications.

<<In the olden days, you would just build a windows cluster and install SQL on each node. >>
That has not changed.  The only difference is  that in 2008 you have to make two installs intsead of one.(one on each node)
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Documentation answered my question.
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