I have a node in a 2 node windows 2008 SQL cluster that failed and I need to install a new server for the failed node. I received the server and I have a couple of questions. The HP server comes with the HP smartstart CD for setup. Do I install that before I install the windows 2008 OS? I do need to create the raid array for the hard drives.
Also, when I install windows 2008, does it have to have the same exact windows updates on it as the current functioning node? If so, how can I install only up to a certain amount of updates, seems not possible to do that?