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Need to change 2003 cluster svc acct - cause and effect

Posted on 2012-03-21
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I have a 2003 Exchange cluster environment. I need to drop a node, fix it, and add it back to the cluster. However, we don't have any documentation for the cluster service account's password. I found how to change it without service interruption but that too, requires the old password. So now, I'm stuck at making the change in Active Directory. I need to know the best way to handle this situation given the above scenario. The goal is to minimize the downtime occurred by the password change.
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Could change the pw on the inactive node via services, create or use an existing group to test fail-over, if all is happy fail-over producation groups, change pw on new inactive node.
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If I change the password on the rebuilt inactive node in Services and then fail exchange over to it, won't there be password sync issues?
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The cluster service should authenicate with a DC when the service starts.



There is also the "[/skipdc]" switch that may help, see:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781201(v=ws.10).aspx
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